Twenty-six-year-old midfielder Havana Solaun is the final player selected to Jamaica’s Reggae Girlz squad that will campaign in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France next month.

Jamaica on Wednesday named a 22-player squad that will campaign in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup that set to kick off on June 7 and conclude on July 7 in France. A 23rd player is to be named by Friday, May 24.

There are a couple of new faces in the squad including Kayla McCoy, the former Duke University forward and Olufolasade Adamolekun, who played in an exhibition game against Nottingham Forest in late 2018. However, the majority of the players who competed at the CONCACAF Women’s Championships in October 2018, have retained their places.

The squad was named less than 72 hours after the Reggae Girlz defeated Panama 3-1 before a crowd of about 10,000 at the National Stadium in Kingston on Sunday, May 19. The Reggae Girlz have not lost a match since they qualified for the World Cup in October 2018 after defeating Panama 4-2 on penalties. The teams were deadlocked at 2-2 after regulation and extra time at the Toyota Stadium in Texas.

Since then, Jamaica defeated Chile 1-0 and 3-2 in Jamaica, drew 1-1 with South Africa and Sunday’s comprehensive victory.

In light of the progress shown by the team under the coaching staff of Hue Menzies, Lorne Donaldson and Andrew Price, Jamaica Football Federation President Michael Ricketts said he was confident in the squad selected.

“The JFF is extremely proud of the achievement of the Girlz who are a true representation of what makes us Jamaicans. We are also proud of the coaching and other supporting staff who together make a fantastic unit,” Ricketts said after the squad was announced.

“Based on the makeup, capabilities and ambassadorial spirit of the players and staff, the Federation is absolutely confident that the country will be represented with pride.

“We must also point out that none of this would have happened without the commitment and sacrifice of those Girlz, who battled for us in the qualifiers but will not be a part of the group for France, we express sincere thanks to those Girlz also.”

The JFF president also paid tribute to the sponsors who have come on board with the JFF to make the trip to France possible.

“The JFF expresses thanks to our loyal sponsors, football fans, the government and the media for the outpouring of support,” said Ricketts, who also had a special word for the young female footballers who are inspired by this achievement and the pioneers who started the movement in the country.

The 22-member squad includes: Allyson Swaby, Ashleigh Shim, Chinyelu Asher, Chantal Hudson-Marks, Deniesha Blackwood, Dominique Bond-Flasza, Khadija Shaw, Lauren Silver, Marlo Sweatman, Nicole McClure, Sashana Campbell, Konya Plummer, Toriana Patterson, Trudi Carter, Yazmeen Jamieson, Chantel Swaby, Kayla McCoy, Chenya Matthews, Tiffany Cameron, Jody Brown, Sydney Schneider and Olufolasade Adamolekun.

The decision by the Jamaica Football Federation and the Premier League Clubs Association to dissolve the Professional Football Association of Jamaica was the result over consultations with representatives of CONCACAF that began more than a year ago.

Red Stripe, the title sponsors of Jamaica’s premier league, have expressed their displeasure at what transpired during Monday night’s finals between champions Portmore United and Waterhouse FC but have committed to continue to support the competition.

Waterhouse Football has issued an apology for their role in the unfortunate turn of events that marred the ending the 2018/2019 Red Stripe Premier League season at the National Stadium in Kingston on Monday night.

Jamaica is to host the 2019 CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championships from May 12-19, 2019 at the Stadium East in Kingston.

Jamaica and Honduras will be joined in Group C by El Salvador and Curacao in the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup set to kick off on June 15 and conclude on July 7.

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Jamaica’s Reggae Girlz should see their World Cup bonus payments sometime on Wednesday, Jamaica Football Federation President Michael Ricketts told Sportsmax.TV on Tuesday.

Jamaica stands to benefit economically from its historic hosting of two CONCACAF Gold Cup matches on Monday, June 17.

The Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) on Tuesday presented the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) with a cheque for JMD$3.5million that will cover the salaries of the coaches of the men’s national Under-23 football team - Donovan Duckie and Merron Gordon.

SportsMax Vice President of Marketing Tanya Lee hailed sports as a powerful means of enabling women to reach their full potential, as the Caribbean sports cable giants honoured Jamaica’s senior national women’s team on International Women’s Day.

The Reggae Girlz made history late last year when they became the first female Caribbean team to qualify for this summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup, slated for June 7 to July 7.  The presentation was made on the International Women’s Day edition of the SportsMax Zone on Friday.

“Football is a powerful means of enabling women to fulfil their potential both in sport and in society. The Reggae Girls have done our entire region proud and we stand ready to provide regional support for the Girlz,” Lee said.

On hand to receive the honorary plaque on behalf of the team was Jamaica Football Federation’s Marketing Director, Sophia Harris Lau and Reggae Girlz goalkeeper Chris-Ann Chambers.

Chambers, a 23-year old third-year medical student of the University of the West Indies, expressed that International Women’s Day affords the team another opportunity to be celebrated and recognized as they prepare for the FIFA World Cup Final.

In recognizing her sources of personal inspiration, Chambers pointed to Brazilian footballer Marta and tennis legend Serena Williams as athletes who embody a never-say-die attitude and face competition with immense confidence.

“I really want to say thanks to the Jamaican public, we’re feeling the support now…thanks to those who have been there from day one. Coach Blaine, the girls who played before us because we are standing on the shoulders of girls who paved the way for us.  This is a celebration for everyone that was involved in women’s football,” Chamber’s said.

Sophia Harris Lau encouraged the local media to continue to support the girls and encouraged them to aid the JFF in publicizing their names and faces so that once June becomes a reality, they will be household names.

 

Football governing body in Central America and the Caribbean, CONCACAF, has mandated that the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) make the country’s top-flight football league a little more efficient. 

The Reggae Girlz two matches against Chile on Thursday, February 28 and Sunday, March 3, revealed much about the women vying for contention for the squad to be selected to represent Jamaica at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Spain.

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