Reggae Girlz coach Menzies ready to name final squad for World Cup

By Sports Desk April 07, 2019

Jamaica Reggae Girlz head coach Hue Menzies insists the management team is close to selecting a 26-man squad, following a 1-1 draw with South Africa in a friendly international on Sunday.

The match, which featured goals from South Africa’s Desiree Ellis and an equaliser from Khadija Shaw, was a part of both teams’ preparation for this year's FIFA Women's World Cup in France.

Despite admitting that the team would have preferred to play more than one game on the tour, Menzies revealed that the training sessions had also been helpful in narrowing down the final squad.

“We just have to go back and meet with the staff.  We still have a few technicalities we have to wait on with FIFA but once we get all that stuff sorted we can finalise our roster,” Menzies said.

“We’ll take 23 for the games but we’ll take 26 on the trip so that gives us an additional three players to be on that trip.  So obviously if someone gets injured we’ll have those alternates training,” he added.

The Reggae Girlz have been drawn in Group C at the FIFA Women's World Cup alongside Brazil, Italy and Australia. They will get their campaign started on June 9 against Brazil. They will play Italy on June 14 and Australia on June 18.

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