The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) has officially announced the appointment of Xavier Gilbert as the Interim Head Coach for the Reggae Girlz, who will take on Panama and Guatemala in their upcoming Concacaf Gold Cup qualifying assignments later this month.
Gilbert, a seasoned coach with experience in guiding the under-20 Reggae Girlz and Excelsior High School teams, will lead the national squad in the absence of former head coach Lorne Donaldson, who departed on September 30.
Under Gilbert’s leadership, the Reggae Girls are set to face Panama on October 25 and Guatemala on October 29, with both matches to be held at the National Stadium.
Notably, the Reggae Girlz will be missing some key players for these crucial qualifying games.
Captain and star striker Khadija “Bunny” Shaw, who has been a consistent force on the field, will be among those unavailable. Additionally, Allyson Swaby, a prominent goal-scorer from the World Cup squad, will also be absent.
On a positive note, the Dayes twins, Mikayla and Malikae, are expected to make a return to the squad.
They were previously named to the Reggae Girls’ FIFA Women’s World Cup team and had participated in a training camp in Florida in January.
The JFF has already selected a squad of players for the upcoming matches against Panama and Guatemala. The names of these players will be released shortly, as anticipation grows among fans to see who will fill the void left by some of the team’s most prominent figures.
In addition to the coaching staff changes, the JFF has established a full technical support team to ensure the Reggae Girlz are well-prepared for their upcoming challenges. However, the names of the support staff members have not yet been disclosed.
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