Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) president, Captain Horace Burrell has praised the development of the country’s senior national women’s side, after they finished second in the recently staged inaugural Caribbean Football Union’s Women’s Caribbean Cup in Trinidad and Tobago. The Reggae Girls were edged 1-0 by the hosts.
“In a tournament like that, it was not easy. Playing Trinidad at their home is in itself a challenging task and with a little bit of luck, our girls would have walked away with victory,” Captain Burrell told the Jamaica Observer newspaper. “When you look at where we were a few years ago and compare that with where we are today, you have to feel certainly that we have achieved a considerable amount of success.”
By finishing second in the tournament, Jamaica also qualified for the CONCACAF Women’s Championship in October, where the three top teams will achieve automatic qualification for next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The CONCACAF Women’s Championship will be played from October 15-26 cross the US cities of Chicago, Kansas City, Philadelphia and Washington D.C, and will feature eight teams divided into two groups.
Captain Burrell, a CONCACAF vice-president, said Jamaica had a realistic chance of qualifying for the Women’s World Cup for the first time. “We have qualified for the CONCACAF play-off and we have a great chance of making it through to the World Cup finals, which would be a first for a Caribbean team,” he noted.
“Certainly we need to improve on the technical aspect and already I’ve had discussions to get additional training and the [Bob] Marley Foundation is going to be helping with the means. The CONCACAF tournament features hosts US, Mexico, Costa Rica and Guatemala, along with Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Haiti and Martinique.