JFF addressing Reggae Boyz hotel situation, says Ricketts
Daniel Wheeler, Gleaner Writer
Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) president Michael Ricketts says arrangements have been made to relocate the Jamaica senior men's team after they were reportedly greeted with poor hotel accommodations in Antigua and Barbuda.
The Reggae Boyz, who are in Antigua ahead of their Concacaf Nations League match on Friday, had their preparations hampered after the players arrived yesterday to what they called low-quality rooms.
Reports are that the rooms are unkempt, lack basic amenities and were infested with mosquitoes.
Today's scheduled morning training session was cancelled due to the problems with the rooms.
Speaking with The Gleaner, Ricketts said the “unfortunate” situation is being addressed.
"We were having discussions with the Antigua Football Association and they would have been part of the arrangement."
"I think the problem is that the rooms that were assigned to the players were substandard. It's not so much that the hotel was the problem but it's the rooms. We are, as I speak, in the process of having them relocated."
He said that the federation is monitoring the situation and is confident that the problem will be rectified.
Jamaica are in first place in Group C of League B in the Concacaf Nations League with 12 points and need one point to secure promotion to League A and automatic qualification to the 2021 Gold Cup.
They play Antigua and Barbuda at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium this Friday and complete their group slate against Guyana next Monday at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.