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Young Reggae Girlz face Belize

Published:Thursday | August 7, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Kwesi Mugisa, Staff Reporter

Jamaica's junior Reggae Girlz will bow into action against Central Americans Belize at the T.E. McField Sports Complex at 7:30 p.m. today, as the inaugural CONCACAF Girls' Under-15 Championship kicks off in the Cayman Islands.

Sixteen teams, including perennial powerhouses Canada, are expected to take part in the tournament. Jamaica's 18-member squad, coached by Xavier Gilbert, has been placed in Group C and in addition to Belize will face Costa Rica and Anguilla.

The 16 teams were placed into four groups of four and will participate in round-robin play over the competition's first six match days. The top two teams from each group advance to the quarter-finals, which will take place on Wednesday, August 13.

The semi-finals will be played two days later, with the winners competing in the final and the losers contesting the match for third place on Sunday, August 17.

The team, which departed the island on Tuesday morning, will be led by Excelsior and Waterhouse forward Tateyana Pitter and will feature two overseas-based players in Emily Caza (Canada) and Lyana Steele (United States).

impressive wins

The team will head into the competition high on confidence, following a series of impressive wins over the Olympic Gardens senior women's team and University of the West Indies (UWI) women's team.

"I'm expecting good stuff from them, but won't put undue pressure on the girls," Gilbert told The Gleaner in a telephone interview from their Cayman base.

He added: "We will come out against Belize and try to execute our plan and represent the country with pride."

The competition will be geared towards regional development of female football and CONCACAF president, Jeffrey Webb, was pleased with strong participation.

"What really stands out about this tournament is the quantity of teams, the number of players who will be exposed to international competition and the development that stands to take place as a result," Webb said via a release.

Groups

Group A: Cayman Islands, Curacao, Bahamas, British Virgin Islands

Group B: Honduras, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Bermuda

Group C: Jamaica, Costa Rica, Anguilla, Belize

Group D: Canada, Haiti, Cuba, Puerto Rico

Schedule

Thursday, August 7

(T.E. McField Sports Complex)

7:30 p.m.: Jamaica v Belize

Saturday, August 9

(T.E. McField Sports Complex)

7:30 p.m.: Anguilla v Jamaica

Monday, August 11

(T.E. McField Sports Complex)

7:30 p.m.: Jamaica v Costa Rica