Sweatman looking to leave positive image of Girlz in France
With two losses behind them, Reggae Girlz midfielder Marlo Sweatman has highlighted tomorrow's FIFA Women's World Cup Group C finale as the team's most important game of the tournament.
The Jamaicans, who fell 3-0 to Brazil in their opening game in Grenoble on June 9, before losing 5-0 to Brazil on the 14th in Reims, will return to Grenoble's Stade des Alpes to square off against the world number six ranked Australia, who themselves need full points to guarantee their progression after a win and a loss in their two games.
Jamaica do have a mathematical chance of advancing, but would require a big win against Australia and some help in the other games - in other words, a miracle.
However, despite the tall task ahead of them, Sweatman, who has scored three goals for the Jamaicans in her 16 games in national colours, acknowledged the need for the team to leave a positive impression, as they look to push women's football in the island and the region.
"This is probably the most important game. It is about the programme, it's about what are we going to leave with the fans of Jamaica, as the image of the Jamaican women's national team on this stage. It needs to be positive," said Sweatman ahead of yesterday's training session at the Stade Eugene Thenard, just south of Grenoble in Echirolles.
Sweatman believes that despite the results so far, the Jamaicans are not too far away from the top teams in the world and believes their time in France would serve them well in the future, as they look to continue to close the gap on women's football's top brass.
"We are up there, there is nothing to take away from our team at all. We have a lot of work to do in terms of our country supporting us financially, and where resources is concerned, sponsorship-wise and so on. We have the talent, we have a very young team, and we need to get more experienced, but we aren't that far," Sweatman insisted. "We are up against some of the best teams in the world, we are doing all we can, but at this stage we have to appreciate and enjoy the process."