Khadija ‘Bunny’ Shaw, Jamaican and Manchester City striker has been named the 2022 CONCACAF Women’s Player of the Year and is the first Caribbean player to win the CONCACAF Women’s Player of the Year.
The 31-year-old talismanic striker enjoyed another superb year in 2022.
Four years after helping Jamaica become the first-ever Caribbean nation to qualify for a FIFA Women’s World Cup, she played a huge role in helping the country qualify for it’s second-straight Women’s World Cup.
In reflecting on the award, Shaw said: “It’s an unbelievable feeling to be named as CONCACAF Women’s Player of the Year, but I couldn’t have done it without my teammates as they’ve played a massive part in this. [The trophy] is going to go somewhere special so that whenever I wake up, I can look at it straight away!”
She added: “The message I have to anybody who has a dream like I did is to keep believing and enjoy the process and journey. The journey is ultimately what is going to get you to your destination, so just work hard every day knowing where you want to get to, and no matter what obstacles come your way, you need to keep believing in yourself and doing your best.”
“Keep pushing, enjoy the journey and the moment, because there is something great that will come of your hard work in the end,” she said.
Shaw led the Reggae Girlz to a third place finish at the 2022 CONCACAF W Championship in Monterrey, Mexico, which punched their ticket to Australia/New Zealand 2023.
In the 2022 CWC, She scored three goals, including the game-winning score in the opening 1-0 win versus Mexico and a brace in the 4-0 victory against Haiti, which sealed Jamaica’s Women’s World Cup qualification. For her efforts, Shaw was named to the 2022 CWC Best XI.
Shaw was just as lethal in CWC Qualifying, amassing nine goals to help Jamaica top their group to then qualify for the CWC. Shaw had braces versus Bermuda (4-0), Grenada (6-1) and the Dominican Republic (5-1), plus a hat trick versus Cayman Islands (9-0).
At the club level with Manchester City in England, Shaw was equally prolific.
During the calendar year 2022, she scored 15 goals in 19 Women’s Super League games, seven goals in eight domestic cup games (Women’s FA Cup and FA Women’s League Cup) and two goals in two UEFA Women’s Champions League games.
Her three goals in the knockout stage helped Manchester City claim the 2021-22 FA Women’s League Cup.
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