Canadian-born Jamaican receives World Cup Young Player Award

Canadian-born Jamaican receives World Cup Young Player Award

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Topics: Football, Sports

FIFA’s Technical Study Group adjudged 19-year-old Canadian-born Jamaican footballer, Kadeisha Buchanan, as the Hyundai Young Player of recently concluded Women’s World Cup tournament in Canada. Not surprising, since the Canadian defender had previously received positive assessments regarding her defensive skill set from the group, following her U-17 and U-20 outings. She is the second recipient of the award behind Australia’s Caitlin Foord, who received the award in 2011.

Buchanan beat out a group of 54 players to cop the award. According to www.fifa.com, only players born after January 1, 1995 were eligible. Additionally, the player has to meet other performance-related criteria such as possessing exceptional skills, a youthful and refreshing style of play, creativity and spontaneity, tactical maturity and effectiveness, recognition from the fans via enthusiastic displays, role model status, a positive attitude and fair play.

Buchanan also won a silver medal at the youth level in the 2012 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship – before making her debut with the Canadian national squad the following year. She was also named Canada’s Under-20 Women’s Player of the Year in 2013. She current plays college football for the Mountaineers at the University of West Virginia.

Buchanan, who grew up in Toronto to Jamaican parents, has also competed in several other sports including basketball, flag football, volleyball, and track and field. The youngster lists football maestros Lionel Messi, Mia Hamm, Marta, and teammate Christine Sinclair among her favourite players.

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