Saturday 4 April, 2020

Four newcomers in Reggae Girlz squad for Caribbean Olympic qualifiers

Striker Khadijah Shaw leads the Reggae Girlz 20-member squad for the upcoming Olympic qualifiers.

Striker Khadijah Shaw leads the Reggae Girlz 20-member squad for the upcoming Olympic qualifiers.

Four new players have been named in a 20-player Reggae Girlz squad for the upcoming matches in Group B of the Caribbean Olympic Qualifying Stage that Jamaica will host from September 30 to October 8.

The Caribbean Qualifying Stage consists of three groups to be played in a round-robin format with the winner of each group advancing to the 2020 Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship (WOQC).

Among the debutants in the Reggae Girlz squad are goalkeepers Ricquelle Farquharson and Milan Dewkinandan, both of whom have been part of Jamaica's National Under-20 squads in the past. Tiernny Wiltshire, a standout at Rutgers University is the third new overseas-based player to be invited to the squad.

Wiltshire has excelled in football, basketball, and track at Shuttock St. Mary’s High School before accepting a scholarship to Rutgers where she is a leading player.

Cavalier attacking player Rena Gordon, the current leading scorer in the 2019 Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Women’s League, also found favour with the coaching staff for the first time.

Khadija Shaw, Havana Solaun, Jody Brown and Dominique Bond-Flasza have also been included in the squad that will also feature team captain Konya Plummer and 11 other players who were part of Jamaica’s World Cup journey.

Most of the players are expected on the island for September 28.

Jamaica will contest for group honours against Barbados, St. Lucia, Cuba, and the US Virgin Islands at the National Stadium in Kingston.

Jamaica open against Cuba on September 30 before they take on Barbados on October 4. The Reggae Girlz face St Lucia on October 6 before playing their final match against the US Virgin Islands on October 8.

The full squad is Chrisann Chambers, Sashana Campbell, Trudi Carter, Rena Gordon, Tariana Clarke, Tiernny Wiltshire, Chinyelu Asher, Chantelle Swaby, Ricquelle Fraquharson, Jody Brown, Reilly Patterson, Milan Dewkinandan, Konya Plummer, Tiffany Cameron, Khadija Shaw, Havana Solaun, Allyson Swaby, Dominique Bond-Flasza, Deneisha Blackwood, and Chenya Matthews.

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