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Sep 1, 2014

Team Belize Heads to Washington for UNCAF Football Tournament

The national football team left Belize from the Philip Goldson International Airport today with high hopes. The team has been training for a month hoping to qualify for the Gold Cup. But for that to happen, they first have to play and secure wins against Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. Deon McCauley is back from the Silverbacks, Shane Orio is also on the team and so is Woodrow West and Coach Leroy Sherrier, who is banking on experience to pull through.  But there are also rookies on the national team. Duane Moody was at the airport when the team departed this morning.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

It’s that time of the year again…the UNCAF Copa Centro Americana Games. Belize’s national “A” selection team will be representing the Jewel in the international outing that is taking place in Washington. Today, the team departed from the Philip Goldson Airport en route to the tournament ready to win and qualify for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

 

Leroy Sherrier Lewis

Leroy Sherrier Lewis, Coach, National A Selection Team

“The preparation is good, the team is complete and everybody is ready for the tournament.”

 

Duane Moody

“I know it was a short time that you had to work with them, but you have in the past taken them to international competition and sealing the deal for them so that they advance. Do you think this is what’s going to happen this time around?”

 

Leroy Sherrier Lewis

“It gonna happen. Belize players have a lot of heart, a lot of stamina and a lot of soul so they never give up in any moment. Don’t care how hard it is. So we are going to do our job.”

 

The national team has only had a few weeks together in Belmopan preparing for the international games under Coach Leroy Sherrier Lewis, who was their former coach back in 2013 when the team qualified for the Gold Cup. Coach Sherrier Lewis says that team Belize is now a balanced team…aside from its strong defensive skills, it is now equipped with top notch offensive players.

 

Leroy Sherrier Lewis

“Remember the last time we didn’t have Danny Jimenez, we didn’t have Jarret and Jaro is now in better shape. So we have more offensive players now with Danny and Jaro and Jarret. So the team is a very good balanced team now.”

 

Like Sherrier Lewis says, the lineup this time around has changed. And there are at least four rookies on the team.

 

John King

John King, Midfielder, Team Belize

“I don’t have much experience with the A team, but I had an experience with the under-twenty national team. So Coach Sherrier told me that he likes my enthusiasm and my ganas and he just told me that he needed me on the team and that’s when I realize that there is bigger dreams for me out there.”

 

Jared Davis, Left Midfielder, Team Belize

“This is the first time and I am a rookie on the team, but the coach done talk to me. But I well focus and I ready fi help the team and play anywhere the coach put me cause I could play anywhere. So I ready to help the team and help make history.”

 

Jared Davis

Duane Moody

“What would you say is your strength joining the team and that you are going to bring to the team that will set you apart from the rest?”

 

Jared Davis

“My strength is I am young and I got speed. So I could help the team with speed and I can defend very well. So that wah be wah big plus for the team.”

 

And then of course, you had the regular faces including Ian Gaynair, Woodrow West and Shane Orio. So how prepared are they to win the tournament and advance Belize once again to the Gold Cup?

 

Ian Gaynair, Midfielder, Team Belize

Ian Gaynair

“The good part of all of this is that we already qualified in the last one. So most of our players are the same ones that went to Costa Rica and qualified for the Gold Cup. So most of us have our heads together and we have one goal and the destination is to reach Los Angeles because only the team that qualifies will reach there. So that’s our main objective to qualify. Just the experience that we already been to this stage before and we have a couple young players to just continue nurture them to know about this stage. So I think it will be pretty easy because most of us already mature and we just gwen out fi di big win mein.”

 

Woodrow West

Woodrow West, Goalkeeper, Team Belize

“I put all behind me. Every tournament is something new and something we look forward to. Performance-wise, we just need to use that as a background so that we can focus more and not to make the same errors we made in the last Cup. So I feel good going into this tournament hoping I can do my best again and better. When I say better, I mean trying to help the team win and not conceiving any goals so that that could be a possibility for winning the game.”

 

Shane Orio, Co-Captain, Team Belize

Shane Orio

“We’ve been preparing for the past three weeks to a month and to compare with the preparation that we’ve had in the past would be unjust and unfair, but the good thing is that the team is a team that has been playing together for the past eight years so we practically know each other. We just have three or four young players that are addition to the group. So thinking about the time is just water under the bridge. We just need to focus on our Wednesday game, the most important game and go out and do what we have to do because it is not the frist time that we have been in this position.”

 

Star striker, Deon McCauley, was able to make it to Belize to put in a week of training for the international matchup. He says that he is going determined and will bring consistency in the matches.

 

Deon McCauley

Deon McCauley, Striker, Team Belize

“I feel very confident. I feel like the team has prepared well for this tournament, even though it is a short-notice tournament and I came in late, I feel like the team is prepared and I am prepared to go out there and do the best that we know how to do. I feel like so far, everybody is mentally, physically and tactically prepared when it comes to systems and the way we are going to play.”

 

Duane Moody

“Now you are our star striker and of course you’ve been with the Silverbacks. Tell us about what you’ve learned from them that you are going to apply in your game this time?”

 

Deon McCauley

“Well it is consistency. You have to have consistency in every game that you play. You have to make sure that you go out there and put in the hard work because out there it is a different level. From the first minute to the final minute of the game, you have to stay focus and try to do the job.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.

 

Belize plays against Honduras on Wednesday at seven p.m. and then on Sunday against Guatemala also at seven p.m. Next week Wednesday, at eight p.m., team Belize’s final match will be against El Salvador at eight p.m. 

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2 Responses for “Team Belize Heads to Washington for UNCAF Football Tournament”

  1. Hash Tag says:

    The most exciting thing that happened last time these guys went to the US was the guy that went with them and walked right into the arms of the US law enforcement. Talking about going up that creek with no paddle.

  2. dats just gud says:

    GUD LUCK……….

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