The 25-year-old Jamaican is in the 62nd position, a slight decline from last year’s 55th position
The Guardian has released a list of this year’s best female footballers. Many Jamaicans will be happy to know that the list includes home-grown striker Khadija “Bunny” Shaw.
The respected British media outlet was full of praises for the Reggae Girlz player who plays her club football in the Manchester City women’s team. The list is composed of 100 top-class female footballers.
The 25-year-old Jamaican is in the 62nd position, a slight decline from last year’s 55th position. However, The Guardian noted that her form has improved towards the end of 2022 and this means that they can upgrade her position if she maintains her current form in 2023.
Shaw had to wait for her turn because City were playing Ellen White last season. It was assumed that the Jamaican striker needed time to adapt to her new environment after making a move from the French league. Ellen White has since retired from the City team and this has created space for Khadija Shaw to thrive. She has started to showcase the goal-scoring prowess she was known for in France. She is the Women’s Super League’s current top scorer with eight goals this season.
The Guardian also praised her for her ability to create chances and link up play with her teammates. Her coach Gareth Taylor has also praised her for her outstanding performances.
Shaw has two goals in Champions League appearances this year. She is a certified goal-machine who also boasts of being Jamaica’s all-time top-scorer despite only being 25 years old. It has only taken 38 appearances to notch 56 goals for her beloved Reggae Girlz. She will lead the national side when she captains them at the 2023 Women’s World Cup. This tournament is expected to be hosted by Australia and New Zealand.
The above list was compiled by journalists, former players and leading coaches in the women’s game. The Offside Rule Podcast was also involved in the compilation of this list.