Lee-Fatt, Whittaker key to Jamaica’s WU17 plans

Robyn Anne-Whittaker (pictured) and Asia Lee-Fatt were instrumental in Jamaica's victory over El Salvador in a CONCACAF Women's Under-17 Championship match on October 30, 2013. (Photo: Mexsport)


MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica --- Asia Lee-Fatts’s modesty seems to know no bounds.

She scored both goals in Jamaica’s 2-0 CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship win on home soil over El Salvador on Wednesday, but for her it does not seem a big deal.

“It felt good to score, yes, but more importantly I am happy that we got the win,” the United States-based attacker said after the win that put the Raggae Girlz on top of the Group A table.  “The team won and that’s what counts.”

Two goals in many players’ minds would have been seen as the consummate achievement in a day’s work, but not for the motivated Lee-Fatt.

“I was satisfied to a point (with my overall game), but I still think I could have done better,” she stated.

Not one for many words or self-glorification, Lee-Fatt brought an abrupt end to that story.

She said coming into the tournament, her goal was never about the number of goals she wants on her tab, but her aim was, and still is, “to just come into the tournament and do my best in every game.”

The 16-year-old student of American Heritage high school in Florida has already cast her eyes beyond Friday’s game against tough Haiti.

“Going to the World Cup in Costa Rica would be great, especially that it has never been done before,” Lee-Fatt noted.

And looking even further afield, she said a life after football is something already strategically worked out.

“I want to be a physical trainer because I want to stay close to the sport,” said Lee-Fatt, who claims her passion for the game was developed by “watching my older cousins play the game.”

As a new member, she claims the Reggae Girlz outfit is sized right for her.

“I think we treat each other like family and everyone is equal and everybody is very welcoming,” said the Floridian.

Another Florida-based member of the Jamaican team is the exciting Robyn–Ann Whittaker, who was tormentor against El Salvador.  Lee-Fatt’s classmate had many chances to score, but was denied by either the woodwork or opposing goalkeeper Eleonor Hernandez.

“I was happy with how I played, but I was disappointed that I was not able to finish off my chances like I ought to,” she lamented.  “It was disappointing because one of the shots beat the ’keeper and hit the post.”

“My target is to score goals and I wanted to do so in every game.”

With a fruitless day in game one a haunt of hers, Whittaker is taking dead aim at hitting the mark in the remaining Group A matches, starting with Haiti on Friday, then Mexico two days later.

“I am really looking towards those games as they are two really good teams and hopefully we can come out on top against them and I can get some goals,” she declared.

Whittaker, also 16-years-old, told CONCACAF.com that she started playing football when “I was eight years old” and intends to make a career out of it one day.

Still, being a smart young person, she is keeping her options open.

“Yes, I do see myself pursuing football as a career, but I want to study business as I would one day want to run my own,” said a self-assured-sounding Whittaker.

Born in Jamaica and then migrating to the United States at the age of three, the skillful footballer says she is enjoying her re-connect to the island.

“I came back to Jamaica the first time back in July and I find it to be nice and I like it,” she concluded.

Jamaica leads Group A of the CONCACAF play-offs with three points, while Mexico and Haiti share second with one apiece following their opening day 1-1 draw in the Wednesday’s curtain-raiser.

Only the two finalists from the eight-team tournament in Montego Bay will qualify for next year’s FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, which will be held in Costa Rica.