Girlz were valiant against Brazil — Grange
Jamaican players pose for a team photo before the start Women's World Cup Group C soccer match between Brazil and Jamaica in Grenoble, France, Sunday, June 9, 2019.

PARIS, France —Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, has lauded the efforts of the Reggae Girlz in their first-ever FIFA Women's World Cup match yesterday.

The Girlz lost 3-0 to the experienced, 2007 runners-up Brazil in Grenoble, France.

The minister, who saw the team after their match, expressed appreciation for their efforts in the opening game and encouraged them for their upcoming matches.

 “They were valiant in their efforts and played their hearts out.  They are disappointed at the result, but I want them to know that they did not let down their country.  They demonstrated courage and determination.  I encourage them to continue to be courageous and to bring steel-like determination and fortitude into their remaining matches,” she said in a statement today.

Grange also encouraged head coach Hugh Menzies and his team who have guided the Girlz on this historic journey and commended Cedella Marley for being the team's inspiration. 

The minister furtheR implored that we continue to support the Girlz as they prepare to face Italy on Friday.

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