Guardian's Bunny Shaw recognition, 'positive for Jamaica's football' - JFF President Michael Ricketts

By December 03, 2019

President of the Jamaica Football Federation Michael Ricketts has described as “another positive for Jamaica’s football’, the fact that Khadijah 'Bunny' Shaw has been named among the world’s top 100 female footballers by the UK Guardian.

Shaw, who led Jamaica to its very first FIFA Women World Cup final this past summer, and who now plays professionally in France for Bordeaux, came in at number 80 for The Guardian football writers.

“This may be the first time 22-year-old Shaw has appeared in this list but it certainly won't be the last,” they wrote.

“There was plenty of talk about Shaw being the exciting new talent going into the World Cup and, while Jamaica struggled in a tough group, Shaw's talent was evident. She scored four goals in two games during Jamaica's warm-up friendlies and since going professional in Division 1 Féminine with Bordeaux, Shaw has rarely looked back. Nine goals already this season leave her trailing only Ada Hegerberg in the scoring charts and it does appear the world is really at her feet at 22.”

Ricketts believes Shaw’s achievements demonstrate what is possible for talent coming out of Jamaica.

“It’s another positive for Jamaica’s football. Bunny Shaw would have been one of those who grew up learning the sport of football in Jamaica, in her community and at her primary school at Crescent (Primary School,” he said. “So she is, by and large, a fully home-grown talent.

“It is indeed a pleasure for her to have been so recognized. This is no ordinary achievement so congratulations are in order. I hope she stays focussed as the sky is the limit.”

Shaw has had the attention of The Guardian’s football writers for some time as in 2018 they named her their Female Footballer of the Year.

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