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Gilbert pleased with move for technical adviser

Published:Friday | February 20, 2015 | 12:00 AMMarc Stamp
Xavier Gilbert

Women's senior football team assistant coach, Xavier Gilbert, has welcomed Hue Menzies as technical adviser in the programme as the squad prepares for upcoming Olympic Games qualifiers.

Gilbert, who has served as coach of the nation's junior and senior teams, says he is committed to working alongside Menzies as they bid to qualify the women to world tournaments.

"Well, as a Jamaican, I welcome the move that was approved by the JFF (Jamaica Football Federation). Whatever needs to be done in order to qualify Jamaica to world tournaments is most welcome," Gilbert, who is also head coach of Waterhouse FC women's team told The Gleaner yesterday.

With regards to the JFF appointing a foreign coach to the women's programme, Gilbert said: "Sometimes, things need to be done different. As a coach, I am willing to work and learn from him (Menzies)."

He also pointed out the importance of the players getting off to a early start.

"It is never too early for preparation as our ladies don't play a lot. The preparation time is good," Gilbert said.

The local players will be placed in a camp that starts today and runs until Sunday. There will also be a camp for overseas players, following which the local and overseas players will be merged.

"The team will need some international games as that is critical in preparation for the Olympic Games," Gilbert added.

WORK STARTS TODAY

Meanwhile, Menzies will start working with the women's senior team today alongside Gilbert; Lorne Donaldson of Colorado and conditioning expert William Hitzelberger, founder and president of Spectrum Sports Performance in Winter Park, Florida.

Cedella Marley, Jamaica's women football programme ambassador recommended Menzies and he was hired by the JFF.

Menzies was born in England and raised in Jamaica and is currently director of Florida Kraze Krush football club in the USA. He assisted with the preparation of the senior women's team during the CONCACAF round of the World Cup qualifiers last year. The Reggae Girls failed to advance to the 2015 World Cup.

The local-based senior players called to camp are: Shantel Bailey (Arnett Gardens), Asheena Nelson (Arnett Gardens), Latoya Duhaney (Barbican), Tashana Vincent (Barbican), Keneisha Reid (Barbican), Olivia Reid (G C Foster College), Amanda Maxwell (G C Foster), Monique Pryce (G C Foster), Khedine Salmon (G C Foster), Yolanda Robinson (Harbour View), Deneisha Blackwood (Harbour View), Shakira Duncan (Harbour View), Shanae Ricketts (Los Perfectos), Tiffany Robinson (Los Perfectos), Sashauna Campbell (Los Perfectos), Chantel Thompson (Los Perfectos), Venecia Reid (Los Perfectos), Konya Plummer (Rangers), Chrisan Chambers (UWI), Sherona Forrester (UWI), Jodian McGregor (UWI), Imani Richards (Waterhouse), Omolyn Davis (Waterhouse) and Christina Murray (Waterhouse).