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Busby Jr calls for opportunities for Girlz

Published:Sunday | April 4, 2021 | 12:08 AMRobert Bailey/Sunday Gleaner Writer
Members of Jamaica's senior women's team, the Reggae Girlz, execute drills during a training session at Stade Eugene Thenard in Grenoble, France on Sunday, June 16, 2019, ahead of a Group C match against Australia at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.
Members of Jamaica's senior women's team, the Reggae Girlz, execute drills during a training session at Stade Eugene Thenard in Grenoble, France on Sunday, June 16, 2019, ahead of a Group C match against Australia at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.
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With the recent cancellation of their four-team tournament in the Basque region of Spain, Reggae Girlz head coach Hubert Busby Jr believes that the next FIFA window will be very critical for their preparation for World Cup qualifiers in November...

With the recent cancellation of their four-team tournament in the Basque region of Spain, Reggae Girlz head coach Hubert Busby Jr believes that the next FIFA window will be very critical for their preparation for World Cup qualifiers in November.

According to Busby Jr, the team was forced to cancel its participation in the tournament this month because of issues with travel logistics.

He told The Sunday Gleaner that it is important that the team get together in the next FIFA window to provide an opportunity for the coaching staff to work with the players.

“The June FIFA window is crucial because outside this one, we have two windows before the World Cup qualifiers and so going forward, every window we have is crucial for the girls,” said Busby Jr.

“I think that every training match, every training session; I think everything is going to matter and so all the opportunities that we can get together is going to be beneficial before the November qualifiers,” he added.

The Reggae Girlz advanced to the third and final round of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers as one of the top five ranked teams in Concacaf. They open their qualification campaign against Mexico in September.

Busby Jr underscored that the coaching staff has been closely monitoring players around the globe, adding that the team's talent pool has grown significantly over the last couple of years and therefore they want to ensure that they select the best set of players to represent the country.

“My staff and I have been watching games through the digital platform that we have whether it is at the professional level or in college,” he said. “However, we have a large pool of players, which is a very positive thing and so we have to make sure that we get them together so that we can be on the same page ahead of the qualifiers."

He also noted his aim for the Reggae Girlz to compete against some of the top nations in the world during the next couple FIFA window.

“We want to play teams that are tier one teams and we to play teams that are above us in the rankings and so I think that is very crucial for our preparation that we are playing some of the best nations in the world,” said Busby Jr.

“I think it is going to be important that we test ourselves against some of those nationals who have been playing for the last six-seven months consistently," he added.

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