JFF and JOA congratulates Reggae Girls in reaching FIFA World Cup

(Additional reporting by Wayde Brown in Monterrey, Mexico)

The Jamaica Football Federation has sent a wholehearted congratulatory message to the Reggae Girlz, following their qualification to successive FIFA Women’s World Cups last night, after they slammed Haiti 4-nil in Monterry, Mexico. 

 The JFF statement said, “ Their creation of history, once again, has been due their unquestionable strength of purpose, character, determination, unity and patriotism. We commend and lift them up to Jamaica as living examples of what is possible even when tremendous challenges abound.

 The JFF thanks and congratulates the entire technical staff, led by Head Coach Lorne Donaldson who had the team together less than three weeks before the start of the tournament.

 Finally, none of this would have been possible without our partners, the Bob Marley Foundation, the Reggae Girlz Foundation, the Ministry of Sports and all the well wishers and supporters”. 

Congratulatory message also came from the President of the Jamaica Olympic Association Christopher Samuda, who said the JOA commends the girls’ yet aging for rewriting another memorable chapter in Jamaica’s sporting history, he added that the fraternity of sports applauds them and Jamaica is grateful for the achievement,

Meanwhile, the Lorne Donaldson conditioned Jamaica’s Reggae Girls created history last night by becoming the first and only Caribbean nation to appear at consecutive Fifa World Cup finals.

They punched their ticket to next year’s showpiece event in Australia and New Zealand, to follow a similar feat back in 2018, when they defeated Panama in a third place battle in Texas. 

Captain and ace striker Khadija ‘bunny’ Shaw led from the front scoring a brace as the Jamaicans, who entered the game needing all three points to cement their place…ran out comprehensive 4-nil winners.

Jamaica, after a back-and-forth opening quarter of the match that saw Haiti striking the post, went ahead in the 26th minute when Trudi Carter broke the deadlock, getting on the end of a precision pass by Shaw

Shaw then got in on the act, scoring on minute number 58 before adding her second and Jamaica’s third from the penalty spot in the 70th minute.

The icing on the cake came with 11 minutes remaining when Drew Spence nodded home a well-placed header off a free-kick by carter.

A jubilant Shaw struggled to contain her excitement at the final whistle.

According to the Manchester City striker, their self belief had never wavered.

In last night’s other games, the United States carved out a one-nil win over Mexico to top the group ‘a’ standings with maximum 9 points ….three more than Jamaica who finished second with 2 wins and a loss.

Over in group ‘b’ Canada claimed top spot after notching a 2-nil triumph in their top of the table clash against the previously unbeaten Costa Rica.

That result coupled with Jamaica’s win over Haiti means the Reggae girls will now meet the Canadians in semi-final action on Thursday.


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