Jamaica’s senior women’s football team, the Reggae Girlz, created history by booking their place to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
They beat Panama 4-2 on penalties in the CONCACAF Championships at the Toyota stadium in Texas last night. The Girlz played 15-games en route to qualification. They won 10, drew one and lost four.
The Reggae Girlz were in full voice in their dressing room after etching their names into history by beating Panama 4-2 on penalties.
The teams had played out a 2-2 draw on American soil after full and extra time.
The Jamaicans became the first Caribbean country to qualify for the FIFA Women’s World Cup with their triumph over Panama in the third-place match of the CONCACAF Women’s Championship.
The Central Americans made Jamaica’s passage extremely difficult coming from behind twice to level the match at 2-2 at the end of regulation and extra time.
Goalkeeper Nicole McClure, who replaced Sydney Schneider in the 120th minute, saved shots by Lineth Cedeno and Kenia Rangel after Yomira Pinzon and Erika Hernandez converted from the spot.
Deneisha Blackwood, Ashleigh Shim, Christina Chang and Dominique Bond-Flasza put home their attempts for Jamaica.
President of the Jamaica Football Federation, Michael Ricketts, says he didn’t give up hope when the Girlz lost to the USA in the semi-final.
The Panamanians still have a chance to reach France for next year’s tournament as they will play Argentina in a home-and-away playoff.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Andrew Holness is congratulating Jamaica’s Reggae Girlz on their historic qualification for the World Cup in France.
Prime Minister Holness says this places the girls in the pantheon of the greatest Jamaican sports teams of all time.
In a statement last evening, he says the win symbolizes the culmination of years of hard work and dedication by the team and its management. He lauded them for making Jamaica proud.
The Prime Minister also called on Jamaicans to rally behind the Reggae Girlz and give them all the support they need.
In the meantime, Opposition Leader, Dr Peter Phillips, is also lauding the National senior women’s football team. He notes this is the first time in 20 years that Jamaica has qualified for the World Cup. He says this is a remarkable achievement, adding that he’s proud of the girls.
Dr Phillips says without a doubt, the Reggae Girlz will continue to excel and Jamaica stands with them in their bid to bring the World Cup home.