Crunch time – Reggae Girlz hunt third, ‘Bunny’ Shaw racing for fitness ahead of Costa Rica

Crunch time – Reggae Girlz hunt third, ‘Bunny’ Shaw racing for fitness ahead of Costa Rica

Jamaica senior women’s football team head coach Lorne Donaldson is hopeful captain and key striker Khadija ‘Bunny’ Shaw is available tonight. The Reggae Girlz meet Costa Rica in the third-place play-off of the Concacaf Women’s Championship in Mexico at 6 p.m.

Shaw, who has scored three goals and provided an assist in three matches, was rested in the team’s last match, the semi-final against Canada..

However, Donaldson is hoping Shaw is in a good condition to face the Costa Ricans.

“She is a massive part of what we do,” he said. “Without Bunny Shaw, we are not there like a lot of the teams that can miss a player like that and still be as effective.

“She scores a lot of goals for us and is a big presence, and that will hurt us a lot, but, hopefully, we can have her back for the next game and push on and give it our best shot.”

The Girlz still have an opportunity to add Olympic qualification to their back-to-back FIFA Women’s World Cup qualification, but must beat Costa Rica for third today to set up a fixture with the runners up of the competition to play-off for the other Concacaf spot.

Donaldson says the aim now is to top off their World Cup qualification with another success story.

“We came here as a massive underdog and nobody expected anything,” he said yesterday. “But we came to go to the World Cup. Tomorrow we play to put a little icing on the cake and see if we can have a shot at the Olympic qualifier.

“There is still a lot at stake and we are going to give you our best and try to put some more feathers in the hat of Jamaica.”

Defending champions the United States of America play Olympic champions Canada in the tournament final at 9 p.m. The winners qualify automatically for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

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