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Reggae Girlz look to boost team

Published:Wednesday | June 25, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer

Coach of Jamaica's national senior women's football team, Merron Gordon, is looking to strengthen the squad with more professional players ahead of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) final phase qualifiers for the World Cup next year.

Jamaica advanced following easy victories against St Lucia (14-0) and Dominican Republic (7-0) at the Estadio Panamericano in Dominican Republic last weekend.

Now, the Jamaicans are among eight Caribbean teams that will battle for spots in the CONCACAF stage. The CFU final phase is to be held in Trinidad and Tobago, August 19-26.

"The St Lucia game was the easier of the two matches, as it was a bit difficult against hosts Dominican Republic," Gordon The Gleaner.

Looking ahead, Gordon said Haiti should be Jamaica's biggest threat.

"They have been playing as a unit in a semi-professional league for the past two years and we have done some preliminary research on them," the Reggae Girls head coach explained.

advance to the semis

For the next stage, the eight qualifiers will be divided into two groups of four. The top two teams will advance to the semi-final round and the winners will make the final.

"I am very confident, but humble. We need to add some more professional players, so we'll look at some that have shown interest from England," Gordon said.

"We will spend more time in the gym in preparation to get stronger. The plan is also to continue playing against local boys if we can't get international games," the coach added.