Search on for temporary Reggae Girlz coach

November 05, 2021
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Jamaica’s Reggae Girlz executing drills during a training session at Stade Eugene Thenard in Grenoble, France on Sunday, June 16, 2019, during the FIFA Women’s World Cup that summer.
Jamaica’s Reggae Girlz executing drills during a training session at Stade Eugene Thenard in Grenoble, France on Sunday, June 16, 2019, during the FIFA Women’s World Cup that summer.
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Jamaica Football Federation's (JFF) Technical Committee Chairman Rudolph Speid said that they are exploring options for an interim coach of the senior women's team while the investigations into Hubert Busby Jr are ongoing.

Busby was suspended by the JFF following a meeting with the federation's leadership on Tuesday because of allegations of sexual misconduct by former Vancouver Whitecaps women's player Malloree Enoch. The allegations stem from his time as Vancouver Whitecaps women's head coach between 2010 and 2011.

The JFF said that a permanent decision on Busby's future would be dependent on FIFA's investigation. However, with the November international window approaching, Speid said they are searching for someone to take charge of the Reggae Girlz temporarily while the investigation continues.

"We cannot afford to have this programme [stall]," Speid told STAR Sports. "We have had a lot of people who have put in their applications already."

Speid did not give specific details on how many applicants were local-based. However, he said that they ranged from "all over". The November window represents the Girlz's final opportunity for a game or a camp to finish their preparations for FIFA Women's World Cup qualifiers in February.

Busby's last match in charge was their 0-0 draw with Costa Rica on October 24 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It was the Reggae Girlz third match since returning to competitive play in June.

JFF General Secretary Dalton Wint declined comment when asked if there would be an internal investigation regarding the conduct within the team, but alluded that FIFA's investigation may not stop with the Whitecaps.

Speid also declined comment on the matter.

Last Friday, Major League Soccer announced the appointment of an independent counsel to investigate Busby's alleged conduct during 2010-2011 and also the practices of the club to guarantee a safe working environment.

Busby was the goalkeeping coach for the Reggae Girlz up to their FIFA Women's World Cup campaign in 2019, and was appointed head coach last year after the departure of Hue Menzies and Lorne Donaldson.

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