Reggae Girlz World Cup Berth Years in the Making

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The Reggae Girlz created history by becoming the first side from the Caribbean to qualify for the senior FIFA Women’s World Cup.

This after beating Panama 4-2 on penalties in the CONCACAF Championships in the USA, last night.

Khadij Shaw with her 18th goal of the campaign gave the Jamaicans the lead in the 14th minute. Natalia Mills scored for Panama in the 74th minute. Jody Brown restored Jamaica’s lead in minute 95.

Lineth Cedeno pulled Panama level deep into extra time which send the game into the dreaded penalty shoot-out with the Jamaicans coming out on top.

National women’s under-20 coach, Xavier Gilbert, says this was years in the making.

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He says most of the players came through the youth program.

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The Panamanians will play Argentina in a home-and-home playoff for a third chance at qualifying for France. Defending world champions, United States beat Canada 2-nil in the final.

Meanwhile, Minister of Sports, Olivia Grange, hails the Reggae Girls as true Champions.

Minister Grange noted the Girlz achievement is well deserved and comes after overcoming several challenges and working very hard.

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Alrick Swaby is a reporter/producer at Nationwide News Network. He started his career with the now defunct Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation, JBC, in 1995. He has experiences in radio and television broadcasting, reporting and production. He is now on his second stint with Nationwide after rejoining in 2012, Pursuing his passion.


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