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Girlz will miss Price’s presence - Menzies weighs in on assistant’s suspension

Published:Thursday | May 16, 2019 | 12:21 AMLivingston Scott/Gleaner Writer

Head coach of the national senior women’s team, Hue Menzies, said that the team will miss the aura and presence of assistant coach, Andrew Price, who was suspended for two weeks because of disorderly conduct.

Price reportedly sent a derogatory email to the Jamaica Football Federation general secretary Dalton Wint, leading to his suspension, which means he will be absent from the bench when the Reggae Girlz play Panama this Sunday in their friendly international at the National Stadium.

Menzies, said that Price has a positive influence on the Reggae Girlz and that his presence over the next couple of weeks will be missed, while adding that he is looking at goalkeeper coach Hubert Busby to fill the role until the former national player returns.

“It (replacing Andrew for the period) is something we wanted to make sure of before the game (Panama) so as to rearrange things, because Andrew has a role in the team and there are things that need to be fulfilled,” he said.

“We will just have to double up. We have worked as a team and it’s not like we don’t know what Andrew does. But it feels like a missing void because he (Price) does bring this presence and this aura that the girls need, he is a vibrant (vibes) man,” he said.

“So we had a little hiccup but (Andrew) Price sent a nice email to the girls and they are going to go out and give an extra effort for him, because we just feel like we are more together, as the more adversity we get, the more we get closer,” said Menzies.

Fan support Welcome

Meanwhile, the Concacaf female coach of the year, Menzies, would like local fans to come out in their numbers and give full support to the girls in their farewell match on Sunday.

“When they (players) know the country is behind them, it lifts them, so I hope Jamaica (public) shows that on Sunday. When we were in South African for that game they had close to 40,000 people, and we want that same reciprocation this Sunday, so we really hope Jamaica come out and support the girls,” he added.