Saturday 26 September, 2020

Rene Simoes tells Reggae Girlz : 'I will be cheering you on'

Former Technical Director for Jamaica's national football program, Brazilian Rene Simoes, is hailing the historic achievement of Jamaica’s team, which qualified for the 2019  FIFA Women’s World Cup last Wednesday.
It is the first time ever that a Jamaica women’s football team has advanced to the FIFA World Cup Finals. The team achieved the feat when they secured a 4-2 penalty shoot-out win over Panama in the third-place play-off of the concacaf Women's Championship in Frisco, California, United States.
The historic qualification to the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France follows the success of the men’s squad, which participated in the World Cup for the first time in France 1998.
Simoes, who was the man in charge of Jamaica's men's team historic qualification to the World Cup in 1998, said "it only looks impossible, until someone makes it happen.
 "As I heard the news that the Reggae Girlz qualified for the Women’s World Cup, this sentence echoed in my mind. I always firmly believed in this statement, and that we all have incredible inner-strength that if accessed can make us reach great heights. 
"I believe Hue Menzies has the great virtue of getting the full potential and inner-strength out of his players. Congratulations Hue on a job well done! You are now part of world football history."
Simoes also heaped praise on Bob Marley's oldest daughter, Cedella Marley who was instrumental in getting support for the Reggae Girlz.
Jamaica, ranked No. 64 in the world, re-started their women's national team program in 2014 after a six-year hiatus, boosted by the support Cedella Marley.
The Brazilian said "the shift in status and international recognition that Cedella Marley offered is another point to be praised. Her international reach and charisma, allied to the financial support made a great difference, no doubt. Cedella, your father would certainly be proud of you.
"Congratulations Reggae Girlz, congratulations staff, JFF and all those involved! As a Brazilian with a Jamaican heart, I am so proud of these girls and all those who made this possible directly or indirectly.
"In this moment of happiness, I want to point out to players, staff, federation, sponsors, and country, that you now face two choices: You can be proud of what you accomplished and enjoy the World Cup, knowing that no one can take this moment from you, or you can decide that this is only the beginning and set higher and greater goals for this and the next World Cups.
"I hope you choose the latter and I look forward to seeing what the future brings.
"May God keep blessing this great land and this team. I’ll be cheering you on.
Big up and respect."


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