Khadija ‘Bunny’ Shaw looks to close out a successful first season with Manchester City Women, as the prolific Jamaican striker is heavily favoured to boot up against league champions Chelsea Women in Sunday’s (May 15) final of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup.
The Reggae Girl, who signed with City Women in June 2021, has since made 17 appearances for the club in the FA Women’s Super League (WSL)—scoring nine goals.
Shaw has also netted four times for Manchester City Women in as many appearances in the Women’s FA Cup.
It has been a comeback season of epic proportions for City Women, rising from their ninth-place nadir earlier in the WSL season to finish third on the overall points standing behind Arsenal Women and winners Chelsea.
Through its third-place WSL finish, the team also copped an automatic spot into the UEFA Women’s Champions League.
Trying to emulate their more trophy-successful male counterparts, Shaw and the City Women squad are looking to secure the club’s fourth-ever hold on the Women’s FA Cup title and the first since 2020.
They will have a mammoth task ahead of them, however, as defending champions Chelsea Women eye the cup returning to London after the final whistle is sounded at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.
In the lead up to the historic match, Our Today presents some (extra) things to know about ‘Bunny’ Shaw:
Sterling ‘Midas touch’ influenced City Women move
In an October 2021 BBC Sports interview, Shaw credited fellow Jamaican-born footballer Raheem Sterling with setting her up for greatness at Manchester City Women.
Asked whether it would have always been Manchester City when English clubs started reaching out, Shaw replied, “It wasn’t always Manchester but Raheem Sterling played a huge part.”
Football genius. Dance? Not so much…
The ‘Bunny’ striker was an April 2022 guest on the British series, The Little Big Interview where she admitted not knowing much of the latest dance moves (but that’s okay!).
One season in, and ‘Bunny’ Shaw is already a title holder!
Jamaica may still be in the running for a place in the FIFA Women’s World Cup, but Khadija has already copped one major title through Manchester City Women, after the team won the 2022 Continental Cup final 3-1 in March.