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Jamaica becomes the first Caribbean nation to reach the knockout phase in women’s World Cup

Posted: Friday, August 4, 2023. 1:23 pm CST.

By Celeste Chang: The Female Jamaican football team named the ‘Reggae Girls’ became the first ever from the Caribbean to reach the knockout phase of the Women’s World Cup, pushing Brazil out of the tournament in the process. Before this, Jamaica had never reached this stage of a World Cup, in either the men’s or women’s category prior to the 0-0 draw in Melbourne on Wednesday.

Jamaica’s manager, Lorne Donaldson, celebrated the win as he sprinted onto the pitch before finding himself on the turf after trying a cartwheel and was then mobbed by his victorious players. There were also tears of joy and a sense of disbelief from the Jamaican squad as the reality of its achievement set in.

“Tell you what, this is one of the best feelings I’ve had in my life,” Donaldson told ITV. “Just to see these girls and to see a country like Jamaica be able to do this, it’s unbelievable to just watch it while I’m alive right here standing. I thank the girls for doing this for the country and the country should be proud.”

Donaldson continued in a statement, “The resilience, the fight. It’s a war, we know it’s a war, we’re going into a war and we have to be ready and it was a war and we stayed in the battle and we won the war. But we have some more work to do but we’ll just enjoy tonight.I did a cartwheel but I don’t know if it was a good one. I need a cup of beer and I’m good. I’m not a big drinker. I will enjoy.”

This is a proud moment for Jamaica, and all of the West Indies. All the hard work, dedication and sacrifice paid off at the end resulting in victory for the team.

 

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