Grange working to address issues regarding Reggae Girlz and Federation

Kingston, 11 July 2019 – The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has moved to address issues regarding the National Senior Women’s Football Team, the Reggae Girlz.

Specifically, the Minister Grange has taken steps to repair the relationship between the Jamaica Football Federation and Cedella Marley, who backed the Reggae Girlz in the successful qualification campaign for the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Following dialogue with both sides, Minister Grange released the following statement:

“As Minister, I want the best environment for our Reggae Gilz and I’m aware of certain issues.

I’ve spoken to both Cedella Marley and the President of the JFF [Michael Ricketts] and they both have certain concerns.

I’m going to use my best efforts to address those [issues] and to see how we can resolve the differences because I want to ensure that the Reggae Girlz can have the best environment within which to train so that they can represent Jamaica.”


Minister's charge

I remain hopeful because of the giftedness of the Jamaican people; their warmth and creativity; their dynamism and indomitable spirit that have resulted in excellence in all sectors.

It is by tapping into the gifts and awakening the spirit of the Jamaican people that we will, by God’s grace, re-group, re-engineer and re-open to a brighter future with Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport.

Olivia Grange


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