Further construction delays on player hostel infuriates JFF president

By July 12, 2018

Further delays in the construction of the players’ hostel at the UWI/Horace Burrell Centre of Excellence on the Mona Campus is infuriating the president of the Jamaica Football Federation Michael Ricketts.

Construction on the second phase of the FIFA Goal Project began in mid-2017 and was supposed to have already been completed.  The hostel is to be used in the short term to house the members of Jamaica’s U23 squad that the JFF hopes to qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. If they make it, it would be the first time Jamaica would have qualified for the Olympic Games.

However, the previous delays pushed the deadline for completion of the construction to June or July this year, but according to the JFF president there have been further delays and he is not happy.

“There has been a further delay. I have been advised now that it will be at the end of this month (July) but I am very disappointed. I think we have been shortchanged badly and it is setting back the programme because affordability is going to be an issue and we have this pretty decent facility that is almost ready but for some final touches,” he said.

Ricketts believes the contractors are being negligent and “being very unprofessional”.

“I know they are not owed, the thing is that they have a contractual arrangement with FIFA, not the JFF so we can only ask FIFA to speak to them and for them to be respectful and responsive to the requests of FIFA.”

In May, when Ricketts first spoke with the JFF president he said the players from the squad would engage in series of short camps and weekend camps in an effort to make do until the hostel in finally ready.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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