Jamaica’s Reggae Girlz head coach steps down

Lorne Donaldson has resigned from all duties with the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) effective immediately. This comes three months after former coach Hue Menzies had also walked away from the post.

By: Catherine Paquette, SPC Staff Writer

Kingston, Jamaica (January 14, 2020) – Interim Jamaican Head Coach Lorne Donaldson has left his post with the Jamaican Football Federation. Donaldson was in charge of the senior team as well as the women’s Under-17s and Under-20s. The departure comes three months after former head coach also Hue Menzies stepped away from his post once his contract expired and the Jamaican Football Federation failed to inform him if it would be renewed.

Both departures come after a year of highs and lows for the Jamaican National Women’s team, the Reggae Girlz. The team qualified and participated in their first-ever Women’s World Cup, last June in France. Jamaica also will participate in its first CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying tournament. They won their place after coming first in their group in the Caribean qualifications.

The successes were also marred by reports of flawed communication, financial instability and lack of leadership and professionalism within the Jamaican Football Federation. The Reggae Girlz were able to reach the World Cup Final in part due to a crowdfunding campaign by Cedella Marley, Bob Marley’s eldest daughter.

The Reggae Girlz are currently ranked 53rd in the world, their highest ever ranking. The JFF has yet to announce who will replace Donaldson as head coach.

The Reggae Girlz are set to participate in the 2020 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship from 28 of January to the 9th of February. They play Mexico on the 29th of January, Canada on the 1rst of February and Saint Kitts and Nevis on the 4th of February. The top two teams in the group proceed to the semi-finals.

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