Former national technical director for football, Vin Blaine, said Jamaica’s Under-17 Reggae Girlz showed character and grit to beat hosts Haiti 2-1 and lift the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Championship on Sunday.A goal in each half from Shayla Smart (third minute) and Jody Brown (67th minute) led the Jamaicans to the title triumph.Jamaica, Haiti and third-place Trinidad and Tobago advanced to the CONCACAF Championship, where the top-three finishers will qualify for the 2016 World Cup in Jordan.Blaine, who as head coach led the Reggae Girlz to many CFU victories in the past, noted that the players had very little time to gel.”They (Jamaica) came against a Haiti team that was the favourite based on performance, and it was really a gritty performance. The players don’t know each other much. Most of them have never played for Jamaica before, and some came in two days before the finals,” he said.training needed”So for them to gel in a manner that they could overcome a Haitian team that has been together means there is some character to this team … and after the disappointment of the senior team, this is what the programme needed,” he added.Haiti’s goal was scored by the tournament’s top scorer, Nerilia Mondesir, in the 71th minute.Blaine believes if they are to qualify for the World Cup next year, the Girlz need training camps and matches against top-level teams.”What we’ve lacked in the past has been long-term training sessions and international games. International games will acclimatise us to situations. We need to play top teams, even if it is not international teams,” he said.”If we can find a top-club team in Canada or the US, we would get the same characteristics as the players you would play against – same movement, same discipline – it’s just for us to get the experience to play against these girls.”But at this level, we are more competitive than at the senior level, so if the coaches get these girls some games, they should be competitive. They just need more exposure,” Blaine reasoned.”They came through the struggle but gave a good fight to become champions, and that should encourage them to try and go further,” he added.
At least 40 persons who completed a one-day Ebola Awareness Seminar at the St. Paul Bridge Elementary School Thursday, September 25, in Monrovia have been asked to become foot soldiers in the dissemination of preventive information in their communities.The program was held by the Liberian Women & Children, Welfare, Teenage Mothers and Assistance Program, (LICWETMAP), with support from Health Promotion Montserrado County Ebola Response Team at the Ministry of Health & Social Welfare.The lead facilitator, J. Leahown Tokpa, assisted by Ms. Flourish Kanue and Ms. Wubue Ford, provided the gathering video presentations of the Ebola virus, its transmission and prevention and dispelled negative information associated with the fight against Ebola.“We must fight against Ebola infection,” Coordinator Tokpa told the participants, drawn from both Zuma and Zinc Camp communities, near St. Paul Bridge, “because that will ensure that others don’t get infected.”The interactive discussion allowed the full participations of both men and women, in both questions and answers.Tokpa said there has been misinformation about the Ebola Virus on its prevention and infection, and urged them to be aware of information sanctioned by the Ministry of Health & Social Welfare and partners.“Ordinary soap and water are all you need to wash your hands against the Ebola Virus infection,” he said.He explained that the constant washing of hands is the most effective weapon to defeat the Ebola virus infection.He urged them to go to their communities with the information they have acquired and become ambassadors of change.Additionally, facilitator Flourish Kanue gave practical application of the mixer of Chlora and Chlorine in their proper proportion for hands and areas at home. She said improper mixtures of Chlora and Chlorine could present difficulties in the future.Meanwhile, LICWETMAP Executive Director Nancy Stewart-Bropleh encouraged the participants to take the information to their various homes in their communities and fight the deadly virus.She expressed appreciation to their responses as well as to the Ministry of Health & Social Welfare for responding to her organization’s request to help educate representatives of the two communities.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)