Skipper Walters banking on U-17s for World Cup 2016
Jamaica Under-17 female football captain, Rachel Walters, says the current squad has the potential to reach the 2016 World Cup in Jordan.
The young Reggae Girlz beat Haiti 2-1 on Sunday to lift the regional title and Walters, one of the team's standout players. Says this group knows what is at stake, and she wants to be the first captain to lead the country into a female world tournament.
"I am very confident in these set of players. We know what is at stake and what we can do to make it to the World Cup," she told STAR Sports, following the team's arrival at the Norman Manley International Airport yesterday..
"We need to improve both in defence and attack, but we have more overseas players coming in and I think the team will be better. Plus we will have more camps and that will help with the chemistry and when we have chemistry we play better," she stated.
The 17-year-old St Jago High defender said the team had to fight hard to gain the success in Haiti, and she felt she played her role in motivating her team.
"I feel very elated (about victory), the team went out strong believing in ourselves and that we could do the job. The final was very competitive, but we got an early goal and we dug deep to come out victorious," she said.