U-20 Reggae Girlz coach Vincent calls on seniors to step up for difficult Under-20 Championship Featured

By Sports Desk February 26, 2022 932

Jamaica Under-20 Reggae Girlz assistant coach, Tashana Vincent, has called on the team's senior players to step up, ahead of what is expected to be a difficult Concacaf Women’s Under-20 Championship underway in the Dominican Republic.

The Jamaicans, who have been drawn in Group H, will kickstart their campaign with a match against Guatemala on Saturday.  By their own admission, the team has, however, had less than ideal preparation for the start of the tournament.

In total, heading into the competition, the unit will have gotten less than three training sessions as a full team, with no practice matches to speak of under their belt.  It's hardly a recipe for success, but in such a difficult scenario, Vincent expects the input and performances of the seniors to be critical.

“Players like Peyton McNamara and Nevillgail Able who have played at this level before, who have also had the privilege of being part of the senior program, will have to come up big for us in this tournament,” Vincent told TVJ Sports.

“I am sure that the players know the responsibility that they will have going into this tournament and how much the team will depend on their leadership to ensure that we secure one of the qualifying spots.”

The biennial Concacaf Women’s U-20 Championship will qualify three teams to the 2022 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica.  The Jamaicans have never qualified from the tournament, with their best finish being 4th place in 2006.

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