Jamaica advance to second straight Women’s World Cup

Published on 12 July 2022

Khadija Shaw leads Jamaica to a second consecutive FIFA Women’s World Cup scoring two goals against Haiti in the 2022 CONCACAFW Championship on the 11th July in Monterrey, Mexico. (Photo: CONCACAF Media)

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (July 12, 2022)—The Jamaica Reggae Girlz advanced to the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia/New Zealand with a 4-0 victory over Haiti in the final encounter in Group A of the Concacaf W Championship on Monday night in Monterrey, Mexico.

This is the Jamaica’s second, consecutive time advancing to the Women’s World Cup, and they remain the only Caribbean side to do so—a feat not lost on President of the Jamaica Football Federation Michael Ricketts.

“We are very excited. This is no ordinary achievement,” Ricketts told the CFU. “If my stats are correct, there are 132 countries that have never qualified for a global tournament. On behalf of the JFF, huge congratulations to the Reggae Girlz, the technical staff, the sponsors and everyone who helped us to qualify for our second straight Women’s World Cup. Jamaica is very proud of you, and we are looking forward to being competitive in Australia and New Zealand.

Playing at Estadio BBVA on Monday night, the teams brought intensity and pace, with Jamaica getting on the scorecard first, in minute 26, when Captain Khadija Shaw set up Trudi Carter, who converted.

Haiti sought—and found—a change to equalize, but Roselord Borgella’s minute 52 attempt went wide.

The Haitians tried to pressure the goal some more, opening the door for the Reggae Girlz to attack, and that Shaw did in the 58’, to make it 2-0 for Jamaica.

It was Jamaica’s all-time leading goal-scorer, Shaw, again, in minute 70. She secured her brace and made it 3-0 for her team from the penalty spot.

To cap it off, Drew Spence scored her first goal for her team in the 79’ when she headed home a Carter free kick to make to a convincing 4-0 for the Reggae Girlz.

The final whistle sent Jamaica into a frenzy and Down Under. Haiti, meanwhile, advance to a 10-team 2023 Women’s World Cup Playoff in New Zealand.

Speaking of the road to Australia/New Zealand, Ricketts said the Reggae Girlz would actively hone their skills.

“We have actually engaged an international agent, and we certainly want to play some practice games and give our Girlz some more exposure,” Ricketts said. “This is definitely on the cards, and we have started the process.”

 

 

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