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After weeks of uncertainty, the Jamaican women’s football team, Reggae Girlz, have finally signed and returned the contracts issued to them by the football administration body, the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF). These contracts relate to the women’s team taking part in the Women’s Football World Cup being conducted this year in France by the world football body, FIFA. It is considered a significant moment in history. No other women’s team from the Caribbean has ever qualified for the prestigious event. There were serious differences among the players, support staff and the JFF over the remuneration and terms being offered under the contracts. At one stage, it even looked like the team might lose out on the golden opportunity to display its talents on the world stage. Now that the issue has been resolved, there is expectation all around.
Details of How the Solution was Arrived at Not Known
The announcement on the signing up of the contracts by the players and coaching staff of Reggae Girlz was made by Dalton Wint, the General Secretary of the Jamaica Football Federation. He did not, however, disclose the details of how the team was convinced on the terms. It is understood that the final round of parleys might have been held on the side-lines of the camp the team was attending, playing friendlies with the team from Panama. The General Secretary of JFF claimed they had already promised the football fans of the nation that the issue would be resolved amicably over the duration of the camp and they have stuck to that commitment. Has JFF given any assurances beyond the contract which satisfied the members of Reggae Girlz to sign the contracts? One may come to know, only much later.
Now the Focus Should be on the GameFIFA Women’s World Cup
Now that the team and the administrators have resolved their differences and the contracts to play in the FIFA Women’s World Cup is signed and sealed, the entire focus must turn to the game. The administrators must coordinate with FIFA to ensure that the team has a comfortable stay in France. They must also ensure that all the logistics of their travel, stay and participation are duly made. The girls and their coaching staff must now devote their full energy towards playing their best football. Their sole aim must be to come back with great honours. They have already done their country proud. They have the opportunity to go a few steps beyond this and create history.