JFF to sign MOU with AS Roma

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President of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), Michael Ricketts, said the organisation is scheduled to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Italian giants AS Roma in the coming weeks.

Ricketts told The Gleaner in an interview yesterday that his federation met with the AS Roma officials, who are currently in the island on Tuesday, and that discussions were fruitful noting that the parties are now hoping to sign an agreement soon.

The JFF boss added that this is a major boost for local football and that the AS Roma representatives are very interested in Jamaican football.

"These gentlemen seem very interested in the product that we have here, and they (appreciate) the athleticism of our youngsters and think that partnering with us could really improve the quality of our players," said Ricketts.

"This is the route to go in identifying our youngsters from the primary and prep schools and then sometime in the summer, they will go to clubs of their choice whether it is Sweden or Italy. And then, of course, bring them back and keep them close to us in an academy setting and in an environment where they can continue their growth and development," he said.

"The meeting was very fruitful and I am highly optimistic that it will have some positive results on our football," Ricketts stated.

AS Roma currently have two Jamaican women on their roster, defender Allyson Swaby and midfielder Trudi Carter, who are both expected to feature for Jamaica at next month's FIFA Women's World Cup in France.