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JUST IN | Busby tipped for Reggae Girlz head coach job

Published:Tuesday | January 7, 2020 | 5:53 PM
Busby Jr

Nodley Wright, Gleaner Writer

Assistant coach Hubert Busby Jr is expected to be named the new head coach of Jamaica's national senior women's football team - the Reggae Girlz, ahead of their 2020 Olympic qualifiers this month. 

The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) is expected to make the announcement shortly, with  General Secretary Dalton Wint confirming the development, when contacted by The Gleaner on Tuesday.

"Mr Busby has been an integral member of the (Reggae Girlz)  coaching staff, so his appointment is just a promotion and elevation to the head coach position," said Wint. 

Busby Jr. will take over from history-making coach Hue Menzies, who quit last month citing frustration with the poor communication from the JFF.

Menzies led a coaching staff including Lorne Donaldson, Busby, Andrew Price, Will Hitzelsperger, Jason Henry, Sanford Carabin and Omar Ffolkes, which qualified the country’s female team for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France.

When contacted earlier, Busby Jr indicated that there have been talks about him being involved in helping the Girlz qualify for the Olympics, but was careful to point out that there was no firm agreement.

“There has been no official communication from the JFF regarding me playing a lead role with the team,” said Busby. “I indicated to them that I am available to the programme but no title or position was decided."

The Reggae Girlz, way behind in their preparations, are due to play their first game on January 29 in Edinburgh, Texas against Mexico. It is hoped that a camp will materialise for next week in Houston, Texas.