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Menzies awaits FIFA decision

Published:Monday | May 6, 2019 | 12:00 AM

National Women’s senior team head coach, Hue Menzies, said he’s awaiting FIFA’s verdict on the three players looking to switch allegiance to Jamaica before he announces his final squad for the Women’s World Cup in France next month.

The three players, who have not been named, are having eligibility complications because they were born in another country and have represented that country.

But with the final squad submission deadline set for May 24, Menzies said it makes no sense to announce a World Cup squad when the three players, who will be part of his plans, have not been cleared. He is also willing to wait another week for the Girlz’s fate to be determined.

“Hopefully, soon [we will name the squad],” Menzies said. “I’m just waiting because I can’t announce the squad and I don’t have my players. So I am just as locked down as you are.”

Menzies said he has been promised that he will get an answer on the players before the week is out, but soon cannot be soon enough for the CONCACAF female coach of the year.

“They (the Jamaica Football Federation, JFF) told me it’s going to be done this week,” he said. “They (JFF) sent the stuff to FIFA, and then they had to resend some other stuff. So they are supposed to get it done soon, and I am hoping soon. I’m looking at them (players) to come in. Hopefully, we will get them soon,” he said.

“We are hoping to get it done by next week. The JFF needs to contact FIFA every day, twice a day if needs be. You can’t give them something and sit and wait. You have to be all over them because you have families making plans and all of that, and the longer we wait, the more expensive it gets,” he added.