Cedella Marley Resigns as Global Ambassador for the Reggae Girlz

Cedella Marley, the Global Ambassador of the Reggae Girlz, has resigned from her position after a decade-long partnership with the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF).

The decision, communicated to the JFF in a letter on Thursday, comes on the heels of Marley’s expressed disappointment and growing concern with the recent developments surrounding the Jamaican women’s football team.

Marley, through the Bob and Rita Marley Foundations and in collaboration with various esteemed partners, has invested over US$2.75 million in the growth and development of Jamaican Women’s Football since 2014.

However, the aftermath of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand last summer has prompted her decision to step down from her role.


In her letter, Marley highlighted her “disappointment and growing concern with the turn things have taken in recent months,” emphasising the “ever-widening rift between the JFF and the team” that she finds “very alarming.”

The renowned philanthropist expressed that her numerous attempts to address these concerns with the JFF have been met with noncommittal and generic responses.

“Going forward, I will continue to support the development of Jamaican women’s football under the Football is Freedom Initiative,” Marley stated in her letter, underscoring her commitment to the growth and empowerment of women in sports.

Cedella Marley’s involvement as the Global Ambassador of the Reggae Girlz played a pivotal role in raising funds for the team, contributing significantly to their qualification for two senior Women’s World Cup events.

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