Grange congratulates Reggae Girlz on historic World Cup qualification
Jamaica's Reggae Girlz celebrate their historic achievement of qualifying for the FIFA Women’s World Cup on Wednesday night. (PHOTO: concacaf.com).
Sport Minister, Olivia Grange, is hailing the historic achievement of Jamaica’s team, which qualified for the FIFA Women’s World Cup on Wednesday night after defeating Panama 4-2 on penalty kicks in Dallas, Texas.
Minister Grange noted that “the Reggae Girlz have become the first Caribbean team to qualify for the Women’s World Cup, an achievement that is well deserved and comes after overcoming several challenges and working very hard.”
Jamaica defeated Panama in a penalty-kick shootout in the third-place match of the 2018 concacaf Women's Championship after the teams had battled to a 2-2 draw at the end of full time extra time play.
“This is a glorious day. Words cannot truly describe this historic achievement by this group of young ladies, who through sheer grit and determination in a game in which both teams went all out for victory, came out victorious,” said Grange.
“Dallas, USA may be miles away. But at my office we followed every kick, every tackle, every goal, until that final penalty kick landed in the back of the goal.
“It was a total team effort. But special commendation to the goal scorers Khadija Shaw and 16 year old Jody Brown,” Grange said in a statement.
Shaw had opened the scoring in the 13th minute when Jamaica took the lead while Brown restored the lead during extra time in the 95th minute before Panama equalised for a second time in the 115th minute of play sending the match to the dreaded penalty shootout.
“The Reggae Girlz have represented Jamaica well and we look forward to welcoming them home and to their performance in France in 2019,” the Minister added.
Minister Grange also congratulated the Jamaica Football Federation as well as the coaching and support staff.
The Reggae Girlz have qualified for the World Cup 21 years after the Reggae Boyz achieved the feat in 1997. The Boyz made their World Cup debut in the 1998 campaign in France, the same country where the Reggae Girlz will make theirs next year.