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Reggae Girlz held to draw by South Africa

Reggae Girlz held to draw by South Africa

first_imgJamaica’s Reggae Girlz played out a measured 1-1 draw with South Africa in a friendly international at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, South Africa on Sunday.  Star striker Khadija Shaw produced a moment of brilliance in the 58th minute, beating four defenders before slotting home to secure the equaliser for the Jamaicans, who had fallen behind in the 26th minute, when Linda Motlhalo capitalised on an error from Jamaican skipper Konya Plummer to send the hosts in front.  Both teams were continuing their preparation ahead of their first appearances at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France in June, with the South Africans using the game as a farewell to their nation ahead of their training camp. Shaw, thanked the hosts for their welcome and said she and her team-mates knew coming into the game that they would face a tough opponent.  “South Africa is a very organised team and they are also pretty physical so we knew it would be a tough game but we came and did what we had to do,” said Shaw.  “It wasn’t the best performance from us but at half-time we talked about it and we knew we had to relax. The crowd was of course behind South Africa and we were playing too slow in the first half. But we want to thank South Africa for having us here, they treated us really well and it was a great experience,” said Shaw. The Jamaicans will continue their preparations against Panama on May 19 at the National Stadium before facing Scotland on May 27 in Scotland.  The Reggae Girlz have been drawn in Group C at the FIFA Women’s World Cup alongside Brazil, Italy and Australia. They will get their campaign started on June 9 against Brazil. They will play Italy on June 14 and Australia on June 18.last_img read more