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JFF close to naming Women’s U-17 coach

Published:Thursday | February 13, 2020 | 12:26 AMRobert Bailey/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) general secretary Dalton Wint says his organisation is very close to securing the services of a head coach for the national Under-17 women’s team.

The U-17 Reggae Girlz team is scheduled to compete in the Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship in Mexico from April 18 to May 3.

The top three teams of the tournament will qualify for the 2020 FIFA Women’s World Cup in India later this year.

The team has been without a head coach after the departure of Xavier Gilbert, who is now the coach of the Under-20 side.

Wint told The Gleaner that the JFF has already identified a coach and is now awaiting ratification from its technical committee.

“We know the person that we are looking at, and it is just to put the technical person in charge of it to see if they are going along with what has been recommended before,” Wint said.

“This is a very experienced person, and I am confident that this individual can come in and make an impact right away for us because some work has already been done with this person.”

Wint said that despite the late start to preparations for the tournament, he is confident that everything will fall into place quite soon.

“We are going to have some local camps very soon, and we have already started mixing them with the Under-20 team, so some of them have been exposed to higher competitions,” he said.

“What we want to do is to keep them active because we have identified players already, so when the coach comes in and starts his thing, he will have a pool of players to chose from and to work it.”