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Jamaica's Reggae Girlz make history in Women's World Cup 2019

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Update: We did it! The match was played and Brazil won 3-0 but the Reggae Girlz gave a valiant effort and made themselves proud.

One of the standout performers was the goalkeeper, Sydney Schneider, although, she came in for some unfair comments.


Jamaica's Reggae Girlz will create history tomorrow, June 9, 2019 when they meet perennial contenders Brazil, in a highly anticipated football contest tomorrow.

This Jamaican team will go on record as the first women's football team from Jamaica, and the Caribbean, to participate in this prestigious event.

The Girlz qualified for the FIFA Women's World Cup after a nerve racking 4-2 penalty shoot-out win over Panama in their Concacaf Women's Championships third-place playoff in Frisco, Texas on October 17, 2018. Both teams had earlier played out a tense 2-2 draw.

Jamaicans, at home and abroad, will be glued to their television from the starting whistle and will be looking out for our key striker, Khadija Shaw who led the team in scoring during qualification.

It has been a fairy tale journey for Jamaica though, and that perhaps explains why it became such and emotional achievement for all Jamaicans.

The women’s senior team was disbanded repeatedly after struggling for visibility, lack of funding and an inconsistent developmental plan.

But one, Celella Marley, daughter of reggae's superstar, Bob Marley lend her support and became an ambassador for the team.

It was also Cedella Marley who contacted the current head coach Hue Menzies and made that dream a reality. Menzies hastily volunteered to help develop the women’s programme as an adviser and technical director.

He was reportedly was not paid initially, as the JFF had nothing budgeted for the women’s game.

Well, as they say, the rest is truly history! Something the entire Caribbean is proud of.

The match kicks off at 9:30AM EST (8:30AM JA time).

Jamaica, however, goes into the tournament as the lowest ranked of the 24 teams, ranking 53 in the latest FIFA team rankings.

Not only is this a debut performance for Jamaica, this Reggae Girls team is considered to be the youngest in the tournament.

In addition to Brazil, Jamaica will also play Australia and Italy in their group. We truly wish them well.

As usual, I welcome your comments here.


References:

  • https://www.fifa.com/fifa-world-ranking/ranking-table/women/

  • "Tanya Lee | The Reggae Girlz’s Long Road To Success", http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/sports/20190607/tanya-lee-reggae-girlzs-long-road-success

  • https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2837525-brazil-vs-jamaica-odds-live-stream-tv-info-for-womens-world-cup-2019

  • https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2019/06/08/730413093/jamaica-didn-t-really-care-about-soccer-then-came-the-reggae-girlz


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Jun 09, 2019
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by: Jim

Wellesley

When we talked earlier a couple months ago who had a concern about your role in our plans and now with the girls in the world cup I feel your contact will make a difference and with our help it will also help finance the expansion of your project.

I'm wondering if you can find me the contact info for Celella Marley and the team manager Hue Menzies. I believe I can make you a happy man with what I will propose to them.

Thanks
Jim Samaroden
wjsamaroden@gmail.com
780 714-7777

Jun 08, 2019
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by: Deja

Go girlz, we are so proud of you!

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