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Adamolekun takes the good with the bad

Friday, October 27, 2017

Although it wasn't the outcome Olufolasade Adamolekun wanted at the Under-17 CFU Championship in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, last week, the Texas-born attacker said it was really a great honour to represent Jamaica at the tournament.

“Wow, what can I say really? It felt really good and [I did so] with pride representing a country that you are connected to. It was great working with the girls; I mean I love working with them as they are a really fun bunch of girls to be around.

“Being with everybody was really good. Everyone loves me and I love everyone... it was as if we are one big happy family. It was amazing playing with them and wearing the national colours of Jamaica,” said Adamolekun, who goes to the Fleming Island High School in Florida.

The Jamaicans, who entered the week-long tournament as favourites, did not finish in the top three, thus failing to book a spot to next year's CONCACAF Championship to be staged in Nicaragua.

Jamaica lost 2-3 to Bermuda in their first game before getting by Trinidad and Tobago 3-1 to reach the play-offs. The young Reggae Girlz were then halted in their quest when they went down 6-7 to Puerto Rico on penalties in their final game. They had finished regulation locked at 1-1.

Adamolekun, who was born to a Jamaican mother (Michelle) and a Nigerian father (Larne), scored in every game, finding the back of the net on four occasions.

Adamolekun, who was playing with the team for the very first time, despite everything, agreed with teammates that the team improved with each game.

“It could be seen that we improved and got better in our performances... we started playing more as a team and that was good for us.

“But there were some things that we had worked on and we were able to get it together and play as a team... we were passing the ball more and moving into space and go to goal and create chances,” she noted.

Though she was the top scorer, Adamolekun believed she could have given more to help the team achieve better results.

“As for me, I could have helped us move on or win that certain game... I felt like I was able to help us probably go to goal a little bit more, but it wasn't enough for us to win and qualify for CONCACAF,” shared Adamolekun.

When asked if she is ready to represent Jamaica at the Under-20 level, she said: “Yeah. From I get the opportunity, I would.”

— Ruddy Allen

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