Reggae Girlz to get Keys to City of Kingston

PNP Councillor calls on business sector to support Girlz

Thursday, December 13, 2018

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People's National Party (PNP) Councillor Horace Oliver Clue of the Harbour View Division has called on the business sector to support Jamaica's National Women's Football Team, the Reggae Girlz, like it did with the Reggae Boyz on their way to the World Cup in France in 1998.

The call was made during the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) council meeting on Tuesday.

Clue, a former football coach with decent success at the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association Manning and daCosta Cup competitions, made the call while seconding a resolution moved and approved at the KSAMC Council meeting on Tuesday for the Reggae Girlz, ranked 53rd in world by Fifa this week, to be presented with the Keys of the City of Kingston.

The resolution was moved by Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Councillor Andrew Harris of the Hughenden Division.

“I am calling on the business sector, in the same way they rallied around the Reggae Boyz on their way to the World Cup in France in 1998, to rally around the Reggae Girlz,” Clue said.

Recalling the history of women's football in Jamaica, and the thrashing the team received in earlier international tangles with Haiti, Canada and the United States, Clue said that “the ladies have come a far way”.

Pointing out that the Reggae Girlz have been voted the second most improved team in the World behind Panama, Harris said that he was proud of the team.

“I believe greater is to come,” he said.

The resolution, which stated that the Reggae Girlz will be representing Jamaica at the 2019 Women's World Cup in France, also pointed out that the team is the first from the Caribbean to qualify for a women's football World Cup.

PNP Councillor Patrick Roberts of the Molynes Gardens Division, also a well known football administrator, recalled that the late Captain Horace Burrell, while heading the Jamaica Football Federation in 2010, had scrapped the national women's programme because of a lack of funds, and that the team was only revived after Fifa in 2014 threatened to withhold financing from Jamaica if there was no women's programme.

He lauded Cedella Marley for her role as ambassador for the team and said that since 2016 support for the women's senior team has improved.

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