'A well oiled machine' - Ricketts expects medal from Reggae girls at CAC Games

July 13, 2018
Jamaica's senior women's football team in training at the UWI JFF Captain Horace Burrell Centre of Excellence on Saturday, April 7.

President of the Jamaica Football Federation Michael Ricketts believes that the senior Reggae Girlz team will win a medal at the 23rd staging of the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in Barranquilla, Colombia, later this month.

Ricketts, who was present at the team's announcement at the headquarters of the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) on Monday, said that the team gelled well throughout the World Cup qualifiers earlier this year, and this should give them an advantage going into games.

"We want the team to do well, and I think we have a chance at a medal," Ricketts said. "I don't know the strength of the teams we will be playing against, but I know we have a pretty decent unit, and coming out of the World Cup qualifiers, we are a well-oiled machine."

He continued: "We have a nice blend of young players and some of our senior girls, and I think they will bring home a medal."

The girls are part of the largest sporting contingent set to leave the shores of Jamaica.

More than 180 athletes and 74 officials from 16 disciplines will be donning the black, green and gold at the games.

Ricketts' comments about the girls winning a medal came after president of the JOA, Christopher Samuda, said that he hopes the team returns with a record medal haul. "The football team will get one," Ricketts said during the press conference.

The team is currently in training and will depart the island on Monday.

The games are set to begin on July 19 and run until August 3.

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