July 15 – Cedella Marley, the driving force behind the funding of the Jamaican Reggae Girlz and their journey to the France 2019 World Cup, has said she is prepared to continue with the financing of the girls for the PanAm Games.
However, a dispute has broken out with the Jamaican Football Federation (JFF) over how that money would be released with Marley reluctant to pay the money directly to the JFF. Instead she wants to pay suppliers direct.
The Reggae Girlz, are reportedly still to receive their appearance fees for their participation at France 2019.
Marley, who administers the Bob Marley Foundation which along with the Alacran Foundation (which provides funding for arts, music, sports and social initiatives for youth and communities in Jamaica), has provided more than $500,000 for the Reggae Girlz since April 2018.
In an Instagram post by Bob Marley’s son Rohan said “we are having a problem funding the girls for the Pan Am game s because I don’t think the JFF is taking this money for the girls because they want to control the money and my sister basically just wants to take care of the girls really and fund the actual situation and not really go through an entity and them give the girls the money … she wants to deal with the vendors herself because just from past experience we are still waiting on the girls to get a little something from the FIFA World Cup just played. They haven’t got paid yet. We want to know what’s happening and we really want the girls to be in the PanAm games.”
A post alongside the video said: “Why won’t the @jff_football let us pay the bills instead of give them money in hand? We need transparency and accountability for the money they ALREADY received from@fifia@bobmarleyfoundation and @alacrangroup plus the other sponsors.”
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