In spite of the cancellation of the women’s Under-17 tournament, Jamaica’s Head Coach Hubert Busby says he still means to get the present crop of gamers together when possible to assess their potential to transition to the next level of the Reggae Girlz program.

Though dissatisfied that the tournament has actually been shelved until 2022, Busby stated the decision by local football governing body Concacaf to cancel qualifiers is not unexpected, provided the health and security concerns, along with the obstacles around preparation time, and the many barriers to finalising the continental credentials tournaments due to the unique coronavirus pandemic.

Concacaf’s decision came shortly after Fifa, the sport’s world governing body, on Tuesday cancelled the Women’s Under-20 and Women’s Under-17 World Cups, after cautious factor to consider of the feedback gotten by stakeholders integrated with the failure to further postpone these competitions.

“We are clearly disappointed that the U-17 girls competition has been cancelled. However, in [light of] of the recent COVID-19 spikes internationally, it is reasonable, especially when you take into consideration the health and well-being of these young professional athletes. That above whatever else is vital and so we comprehend why that decision has actually been made,” Busby told the Jamaica Observer from his base in the United States.

“I think it would benefit us to still get this group together in order to assess the next generation of Reggae Girlz gamers coming through. So we would evaluate them and after that continue to monitor them in their particular clubs, so since today that will continue and then we will go from there,” he included.

While there are presently no tournaments to anticipate, Busby said it is essential that the training personnel keep its focus on future goals for when the pandemic subsides.

He explained that chief amongst those goals is the transitioning of gamers, as they continue to outline the way forward to another Fifa Women’s World Cup certification and, by extension, future success for Jamaica’s females’s football program.

“I think it is extremely essential for us to continue to strategy. We don’t understand what remains in shop, however I think it is very important, mentally and psychologically, to remain concentrated. All of us know that it clearly is a really unprecedented and attempting time, but it is crucial for us to continue to aim towards an objective,” Busby reasoned.

“So we will aim to prepare appropriately, presently all of our groups are non-active due to the pandemic but we continue to work diligently with concerns to our video game design and viewpoint both on and off the field.

“Our focus also consists of the lawn roots level in regards to what we are aiming to do collectively in Jamaica to increase the variety of signed up young female players. So although we are presently not on the field, the work continues to be done off the field to guarantee that when the time comes we are prepared to go,” said the Jamaican-born Canadian.

Prior to the break out, Jamaica’s senior Reggae Girlz and their Under-20 counterparts contested the Olympics and Under-20 World Cup qualifiers, respectively, where a variety of brand-new gamers came to the fore.

A minimum of one of those gamers– Gabrielle Farrell– has because tattooed an agreement in Europe, and this, Busby said, is another crucial element to the development of Jamaica’s women’s football brand name.

The number 50th-ranked Reggae Girlz, who made a historical Fifa Women’s World Cup look in France in 2015, are currently 5th in the confederation.

World leaders United States, eighth-ranked Canada, Mexico ranked at 27th and 36th-ranked Costa Rica presently inhabit the leading four positions.

“I believe that is essential for the program to move on and I am excited that our players continue to sign contracts overseas,” the former national goalkeeper noted.