Cedella Marley hoping to raise funds for 2015 World Cup, London’s Guardian reports.
Cedella Marley – daughter of the legendary reggae star and his wife Rita – has leant her support to the The Strike Hard for the Reggae Girlz! campaign launched last week. Currently ranked as the fourth best team in the Concacaf region, Jamaica have never qualified for a World Cup and are seeking funds to cover the initial costs of training camps, nutrition, travel, and housing for the 26-woman team.
The Jamaica Football Federation has sanctioned the campaign in an attempt to become the first Caribbean nation make it to next year’s finals when they are held in Canada.
“Several years ago, the women’s senior team was actually disbanded due to lack of funding,” read a statement on the GoFundMe website.
“Last year the team got a second chance, and being the first Caribbean team to get to the World Cup Finals would mean more than just a win for the team … it will help to ensure the continuation of the national women’s football programme.”
Speaking in an interview with website Complex Sports, Marley revealed that a family friend had inspired her to get involved.
“It’s almost like the Jamaica Football Federation has cancelled the programme,” she said.
“You kind of have to think to yourself, like, if you’re at No4 in the region without anyone backing you, imagine if you had the proper infrastructure, proper housing, proper training, proper nutrition – all the things that every single team who I know is a contender for the World Cup has. It’s almost like they don’t have a fair chance without all of those things.”
For the original report go to http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/apr/28/jamaica-womens-team-reggae-girlz-cedella-marley