Jamaica had to crowdfund to get to The FIFA Women’s World Cup – now they’ve made it to the round of 16

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Jamaica’s Reggae Girlz have successfully secured their spot in the round of 16 at the 2023 Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, etching their names in history. However, their journey to the tournament was not without challenges. Just weeks before the competition commenced, the team faced financial obstacles, needing funds for travel, accommodation, and meals. To overcome this hurdle, several fundraising pages were set up, with the support of various contributors, including the daughter of music icon Bob Marley. The collective effort paid off, raising tens of thousands of dollars and proving to be worth every penny.

Having endured a tough 2019 World Cup in France where they lost all three group games, the Reggae Girlz are now fulfilling their dream and making their own history. Their remarkable 0-0 draw against Brazil, the knockout Copa América champions and a regular contender in World Cup competitions, is one of the biggest surprises of the current tournament. This victory has secured Jamaica a place in the final 16 for the first time ever. Their next match on Tuesday, August 8, will be against the winner of Group H.

In light of their tremendous accomplishment, celebrations have been ongoing since the final whistle of their last group game. Moreover, the donations have resumed, pouring in to ensure that the Reggae Girlz can progress further without any worries about affordability. The support from the community and fans has been instrumental in propelling the team forward and allowing them to focus solely on their performance in the tournament.

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