This is an official statement from the Reggae Boyz. The events that unfolded Saturday June 4th, 2022 are result of the popular phrase, “The Straw That Broke The Camel’s Back”. If you’re not aware of the phrase, it means a “minor” action that causes a seemingly large and sudden reaction. The players were up until 3am on the morning of the match, tackling the leaders of the JFF after finding out that our flight arrangements back to Jamaica haven’t been properly booked. This official statement is being written on June 5, 2022 at 6:38pm (JA Time). We’re stuck in Suriname and our flight arrangements are yet to be confirmed. To make matters worse, we also found out that the Surinamese National Team will be arriving in Jamaica before us, the Jamaican National Team. This has been another example of the incompetence displayed by the leaders of the JFF. “If you fail to prepare, you’re prepared to fail”. This has been our reality as Reggae Boyz for far too long. We haven’t been prepared to be successful and when we’re not, we the players get all the blame. When in fact, it’s more than just what happens on the field. Time and time again the JFF shows us that they don’t care about the players or the state of Jamaica’s football. WE ARE DRAINED. WE ARE TIRED. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.
Before continuing, we want to make it clear that this is not about the money. Despite not being paid for months, we still accepted the call and represented for the Jamaican people. For us, it’s more about the lack of respect, transparency and communication. We all signed a contract that the JFF has breached multiple times. Some of the things included in the contract is proper hotel accommodations and travel arrangements. Yet still we arrived to Suriname to couch beds. Shamar Nicholson and Ravel Morrison among others didn’t join the team in Suriname because of poor travel arrangements. What is meant to be a 2-4 hours flight turns into an around the world trip. There were several instances where players arrive to the airport and to their surprise no flight has been booked. The JFF constantly tries to cut cost that affects our preparation. There’s nothing like representing Jamaica on the international stage, meeting up with our teammates, coming home to see your family and friends and playing in front of the fans at the national stadium. However, that love, passion and excitement is being drained from the constant lack of adequate leadership from the JFF. We the players are saying enough is enough. WE NEED A CHANGE. WE NEED BETTER LEADERSHIP. WE ARE CALLING FOR THE GENERAL SECRETARY DALTON WINT TO RESIGN. THE PLAYERS WILL NO LONGER REPRESENT THE COUNTRY UNTIL HE DOES.