No free rides - Busby Jr says all Reggae Girlz will work for spot in upcoming World Cup qualifying campaign

April 09, 2021
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Jamaica’s Reggae Girlz in a training session at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Reims, France on Wednesday, June 12, 2019.
Jamaica’s Reggae Girlz in a training session at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Reims, France on Wednesday, June 12, 2019.
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National senior women's football team head coach Hubert Busby Jr says no player is guaranteed an automatic spot on the team for their upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers in November.

Busby told STAR Sports that his coaching staff has a large pool of players to choose from, and even the players who represented the country at the FIFA World Cup in France in 2019 are not sure of a spot on the team.

"No door has been closed on any player who is eligible to play for Jamaica, and that is basically our approach as a staff," Busby said.

"I don't think anyone is on the outside because we have been together for over a year, so from that perspective, I think it is a positive as nothing has been closed and nobody has played their way off the team, but what I would say what is important is that players are playing football.

"The door is open to the players that went to the World Cup, and it is also open to new players as well. Everyone will have a chance to prove themselves in our friendly matches until November."

Busby said that for a player to be considered for selection for the national team, she must be playing on a consistent basis for her club or college.

"Whether it is in college or professionally, the idea is for all of our players to find an environment where they can continue to work on their form so that they can be monitored," he said.

The local women's league has been inactive for some time, but Busby says that he and his technical staff have identified a number of local-based players who will be considered for selection, and they have been placed in a special training programme.

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