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Jamaica makes history as it qualifies for Women's World Cup

MAKING HISTORY: Jamaica's Reggae Girlz (Photo credit: Ricardo Makyn / The Gleaner)

JAMAICA'S REGGAE Girlz will be qualifying for the women's world cup for the first time in the teams history.

The historic result comes after the women’s national team beat Panama on penalties in the third-place game at the CONCACAF qualifying tournament.

With this win, the team also becomes the first Caribbean nation ever to qualify for the Women’s World Cup.

Reggae Girlz manager Hue Menzies swapped goalkeepers in the final minute of extra time, bringing Nicole McClure in. The choice seems to have paid off as Mcclure stopped two penalty kicks while Jamaica's attackers converted on all four it took to lock up the victory, Goal.com reports..

According to the website, Menzies said clinching a spot in the most important tournament would have implications not only on the way female athletes are viewed in the Caribbean nation but how Jamaicans see women as a whole.

"I'm telling you the amount of sacrifices we've made - the staff, the players - for the country, we're going to change the culture back home. How they perceive women, it's changed," he said. "It's a big sacrifice. And you know what? Those 20 girls decided they were going to make the change. It's amazing right now. Not too many words can be said."

The coach also praised Bob Marley's daughter Cedella, who has helped revive the team after it became inactive at the beginning of the decade..

"This is way more than football," Menzies said. "Big up to Cedella Marley for putting the neck on the line for us. The thank-yous can't stop. The sacrifices will still keep plugging, the adversities will always be there, but I'm telling you it's a lot more than football.

"This is just a statement. We're going to go back home and celebrate. There's not a whole lot of space on that island, but we're going to find every inch to celebrate on because it's history."

Jamaica will join the United States and Canada, who played in this tournament’s final after this game ended, as the three women’s CONCACAF teams to make it to the 2019 World Cup in France.

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