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Grange hails Reggae Girlz as true champions

Thursday, October 18, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica —Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange has hailed the 'historic achievement' of Jamaica's Reggae Girlz who qualified for the FIFA Women's World Cup last evening, after defeating Panama in Texas.

Grange, in a release yesterday, noted that the Senior Women's team have become the first Caribbean team to qualify for the World Cup.

“An achievement that is well deserved and comes after overcoming several challenges and working very hard,” she said.

“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. 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,” Grange continued.

“It was a total team effort. But special commendation to the goal scorers Khadija Shaw and 16 year old Jody Brown. The Reggae Girls have represented Jamaica well and we look forward to welcoming them home and to their performance in France in 2019.”

Meanwhile, the sports minister also congratulated the JFF as well as the coaching and support staff.

Jamaica defeated Panama in a penalty-kick shootout in the third-place match of the 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship.

The Reggae Girlz won the tie-breaker 4-2.

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