Reggae Boyz manager calls for decisive handling of JFF/Leon Bailey issue

Voice of Reggae Boyz team manager Roy Simpson

With another invitation to represent the Reggae Boyz declined by Leon Bailey and Kyle Butler team manager Roy Simpson believes there should be some decisiveness as to how the seemingly never ending situation is being handled. 

The Reggae Boyz will host Caribbean side Antigua and Barbuda in an international friendly at Sabina Park on March 25 and Simpson revealed the current situation with invitations sent to Bayer Leverkusen for Bailey and St Andrews FC in Malta for Butler. 

“We have not received any official communication from their official clubs but you know what happened late last week with regards to their management who sent us an email. Most of the times the clubs are aware of the window and to be fair to both players, their clubs are not the only clubs who have not yet responded,” said Simpson.

Simpson also pointed to a need for clarity going forward. “From where I sit, once I’m instructed to invite them I will, but probably if I was the one making the decision I would have made a clear decision; I would wait until they are available and if they are at that time, then I would accomodate them, certainly,” noted Simpson.

Last week Phoenix Academy revealed that both players would not be available for the upcoming friendly international as the date clashed with a prior commitment they had with the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) for an event in Germany the same weekend of the game and that there were also unresolved issues between the players’ management and the Jamaica Football Federation ()JFF).

Meanwhile, key defender Damion Lowe will not be available for the Reggae Boyz friendly against Antigua and Barbuda due to illness. Lowe who is based overseas, fell ill in training recently.



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