Jamaica has a new reason to be proud!
According to The Huffington Post, the nation’s women’s national soccer team, the Reggae Girlz, qualified for the Women’s World Cup. The Reggae Girlz made history for the island with the accomplishment, becoming the first Caribbean nation to advance to that level.
The team made it into the Cup by defeating Panama in a penalty shootout after the teams played each other to a 2-2 tie.
As the BBC reports, Bob Marley’s eldest daughter, Cedella Marley, played a key role in the team’s success, serving as an ambassador and major fundraiser for the Reggae Girlz. The team was forced to disband in 2010, and its 2014 comeback was helped by financial contributions from Marley and the Bob Marley Foundation.
“That support from the Bob Marley Foundation has been so important to us,” team coach Hue Menzies told FIFA.com. “Bob Marley loved football, of course. Cedella has continued that passion, and she really wants to help women’s football develop in Jamaica.”
Source: article written by Tonja Renée Stidhum via blavity.com