Jamaica’s Reggae Girlz Football Star Khadija ‘Bunny’ Shaw Praises Marley

Jamaica’s Reggae Girlz football star Khadija ‘Bunny’ Shaw sings the praise of Cedella Marley and her exploits which resulted in the country now boasting a solid women’s football program.

Shaw expressed her heartfelt gratitude in a post on Saturday commending Marley for the work done over the past 10 years, as she partnered with the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) to raise funds for the Reggae Girlz, which inevitably led to consecutive FIFA Women’s World Cup appearances in 2019 and 2023.

“When the senior program was abandoned in 2008, due to lack of funding, there was no senior pathway. In 2014, 10 years ago, you came, and you kept every young girl’s hopes alive to one day represent Jamaica at the highest level,” Shaw said.

“(I remember) when you said ‘they said y’all couldn’t, and I said tell me why. When they said y’all wouldn’t, I said watch me.’ Here we are years later, qualified for two World Cup back-to-back, all because of your dedication and willingness to ensure we are given an opportunity. For that I am forever grateful,” she added.

Despite her resignation, Marley has pledged her continued support to the Reggae Girlz’ program via the Football is Freedom initiative.

The Bob and Rita Marley Foundation has also cut ties with the country’s governing football body in what it said was a move was to “reassess its priorities.”

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