With a 4-0 loss to Haiti, the Jamaican national team, the Reggae Girlz, qualified to play in the 2023 Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. Khadija “Bunny” Shaw scored twice, while Trudi Carter and Drew Spence each scored a goal to bring the tally to four for the win.
Jamaica broke an in-game stalemate with Shaw setting up a goal from Carter, whose right-footed shot beat Haiti goalkeeper Nahomie Ambroise to put the Reggae Girlz ahead 1-0 in the 26th minute. Haiti pushed to score throughout the game, but Shaw took advantage of the space left behind to send a right-footed shot past the goalkeeper to increase Jamaica’s lead to 2-0 in the 58th minute. Jamaican keeper Rebecca Spencer stopped a good effort from Haiti’s Melchie Dumornay to score in the 63rd minute. After a handball for Haiti in the box, Shaw, a Manchester City striker, scored her third goal from the penalty spot, giving Jamaica a 3-0 lead in the 70th minute. In the 79th minute, a Spence header from a free kick completed the winning score of 4-0, and Jamaica earned their first Concacaf Women’s Championship victory against the Haitian side in three tries.
Commenting on his team’s victory, Shaw observed: “We are a small island, but we can do great things.
The victory against Haiti also marks Jamaica’s second qualification for the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Four years ago, the Reggae Girlz made US history by becoming the first Caribbeans to reach the prestigious event. Their first qualification came with a win over Panama in 2018 going 4-2 on penalties in their third-place playoff game in Texas.
Chris Samuda, President of the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA), congratulated the team and pledged the support of the JOA, saying the victory over Haiti is the start of a journey for the Reggae Girlz, and the JOA will travel alongside them as a team of one of the organization’s members, the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), he added.
Next came the Concacaf semi-finals, with Jamaica taking on Canada and reigning world champions USA taking on Costa Rica. Haiti finished in third place in Group A but still have a shot at the World Cup when they take part in an intercontinental qualifier in New Zealand in February 2023. Panama beat Trinidad and Tobago 1- 0 to take third place in Group B and a chance to make the World Cup in the Intercontinental Qualifiers as well.