Sunday 9 August, 2020

JFF President: The Girlz were determined to make the country proud

Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) president Michael Ricketts.

Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) president Michael Ricketts.

Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) president Michael Ricketts has hailed Jamaica's Reggae Girlz historic qualification to the FIFA 2019 World Cup in France.

The Reggae Girlz created history on Wednesday in the United States by becoming the first Caribbean team to reach the FIFA Women's World Cup.

The Reggae Girlz achieved the feat by defeating Panama on 4-2 on penalties in their third-place playoff match at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship at the Toyota Stadium in Texas.

The teams had battled to a 2-2 draw at the end of full and extra time, with Panama coming back twice to force the penalty shootout.

Ricketts said "what the country witnessed live here in August and in the final round was a united, focused and determined set of players who knew exactly what they needed to do to make themselves and the country proud."

Ricketts said the JFF will announce plans to celebrate the achievement.

The JFF president also congratulated the technical staff.

The Reggae Girlz joined United States and Canada as the three Concacaf teams  that automatically qualify for next summer’s 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.

The Panamanian will get another chance in November as the losers will play Argentina, third place finisher from Conmebol, in a World Cup playoff in a home-and-home match to reach France 2019.

The historic qualification to the 2019 FIFA World Cup follows the success of the men’s squad, which participated in the World Cup for the first time in France 1998.

The local delegation is scheduled to arrive  at 12:53 pm on Thursday at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston.

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