Reggae Girlz stock on the rise
Manager of the Reggae Girlz team Jean Nelson believes that the continued positive performances of the Girlz has led to a direct increase in the demand for the players’ services professionally.
Two Reggae Girlz, Konya Plummer and Chantelle Swaby, were recently drafted into the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) in the United States. Plummer was selected by Orlando Pride while Swaby was drafted by Sky Blue FC.
With Paris FC announcing the signing of Havana Solaun, Deneisha Blackwood making the move to Czech club Slavia Praha, and Khadija Shaw setting up shop in France with Girondins Bordeaux, Nelson says these are signs that the Girlz are a hot commodity.
“Definitely, definitely,” she said. “I think that with all these moves, the Reggae Girlz are fast becoming a world brand. We just have to continue putting in the work.”
Nelson sees the current crop of players as the pace makers for the younger generation coming up through the ranks and feels that with continued positive performances on the global stage, they can pave the way for even more of the younger players.
“We have to continue to put in different things in place. We can’t continue to operate the same way, or we’ll continue to get the same results,” she explained. “The girls have been performing well, and if we can start at the grassroots, and put things in place from there, we can continue to have a sustained programme.”
The Girlz will next turn their attention to the CONCACAF Olympic qualifiers, where they will be vying for a spot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. They are drawn in Group B alongside Canada, Mexico, and St Kitts and Nevis.
Their first match will be against Mexico on January 29 at the H-E-B Park Stadium in Texas.