Grange: Girlz were valiant against Brazil

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange with JFF President, Michael Ricketts; women's football campaigner, Elaine Walker Brown and members of the Reggae Girlz in Paris, France Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange with JFF President, Michael Ricketts; women's football campaigner, Elaine Walker Brown and members of the Reggae Girlz in Paris, France MCGES

Paris, France 8 June 2019 – The Minister of the Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has lauded the efforts of the Reggae Girlz in their first-ever FIFA Women’s World Cup match on Sunday.

The Jamaicans lost 3-0 to the experienced, 2007 runners-up Brazil in Grenoble.

Minister Grange who has been to see the team to express appreciation for their efforts in the opening game and encourage them ahead of their next games, said:

“They were valiant in their efforts and played their hearts out. They are disappointed at the result, but I want them to know that they did not let down their country. They demonstrated courage and determination. I encourage them to continue to be courageous and to bring steel-like determination and fortitude into their remaining matches.

I also encourage head coach Hugh Menzies and his team who have guided the Girlz on this historic journey.

And I continue to commend Cedella Marley for being the team’s inspiration.

I told them to know that they can continue to count on me as their Minister and #1 cheerleader and on the support of the government and the people of Jamaica.

Let us continue to support them.”

Jamaica will face Italy on Friday in their next game.

Minister's charge

I remain hopeful because of the giftedness of the Jamaican people; their warmth and creativity; their dynamism and indomitable spirit that have resulted in excellence in all sectors.

It is by tapping into the gifts and awakening the spirit of the Jamaican people that we will, by God’s grace, re-group, re-engineer and re-open to a brighter future with Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport.

Olivia Grange

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