Unacceptable – Grange Urges Changes At JFF Amid Payment Row With Reggae Girlz


Sports Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, is demanding that the Jamaica Football Federation, JFF, examines how it communicates with the senior women’s national football team, the Reggae Girlz. 

Her comments come as the JFF and the Reggae Girlz are in a standoff over payments. 

The players are threatening to withhold their service if they don’t receive the monies owed to them from their participation in the FIFA Women’s World Cup in the summer.

But, President of the JFF, Michael Ricketts says the federation had already transferred half of the monies owed to the players’ bank accounts.

Minister Grange says the JFF and the Reggae Girlz don’t share a good relationship. 

While noting that the JFF President is performing well, the Sports Minister says he needs to examine the structures and people around him. 

She says Mr. Ricketts explained to her that fees from world football’s governing body, FIFA, will be disbursed later this month to settle the outstanding balance to the girls. 

Mr. Ricketts also says the JFF spent funds on traveling expenses which is to be refunded by FIFA. 

Minister Grange and Mr Ricketts were speaking last evening on Nationwide @ 5.

Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.

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