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Jun 3, 2015

F.F.B. Unveils National Team Ahead of Dominican Republic Home & Away Series

The Belize national team leaves for Dominican Republic on June ninth for a world cup qualifying game. That game will be held on the eleventh at two p.m., Belize time. The team returns on the twelfth of June for the return, home match at the F.F.B. Stadium on Sunday, June fourteenth. That game will be played at four p.m.  All hopes for the team to advance in the competition depend on the results of the matches. So today, the team was introduced to the public. Duane Moody was in Belmopan for the announcement.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

Following the first qualifying round for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Games back in March, where Belize had a razor thin victory over the Cayman national team, training continued at the F.F.B. headquarters in Belmopan in preparation for the second round of competition. Next week the team goes head to head against the Dominican Republic. Today, the FFB announced the names of the twenty-three players and the support staff including the manager, physiotherapist and coaching personnel who will accompany the team to the second round of qualifiers in the 2018 World Cup.

 

Jorge Nunez

Jorge Nunez, Head Coach, Belize Jaguars (Translated)

“We have twenty-three players and they are ready for the team from Dominican Republic. We are already in the final stage of preparations for the match; only a few days are left. Technically and physically, the players are in one hundred percent, top shape. We are I am sure that together, we will succeed and those who work hard, god helps. All the players have been putting in their part and that is most important. We are confident that we will advance.”

 

Charlie Slusher

Charlie Slusher, Assistant Coach, National ‘A’ Selection Team

“I think we feel very happy at this point because we are a little ahead of where we were leading up to the Cayman game when it comes to the players fitting into the system. Finding more or less our best starting eleven and guys that will be coming off the bench and how we will be playing away and even getting the opportunity to practice our strategy away as well as at home. So we are really confident…I don’t really want to use the word confident, but we are happy with where they team is at this point.”

 

Since November, Head Coach Jorge Nunez and his coaching staff have been working a new strategy with the team. In the previous home game, Belize showed strength, controlling the ball eighty percent of the time. And with start striker Deon McCauley now with the team, there is a motivation for the players.

 

Deon McCauley

Deon McCauley, Striker, Belize Jaguars

“I’m very happy to be home; I am very happy to be with the team; very happy that I can help the team. I feel that with the experience that I have and the international exposure that I have, I know that I can help this team and will help this team. Right now, everything is going good with the team; we are training hard. We would like better practice matches, but we have to deal with what we can do right now. We are just trying to prepare our system and get ready for Dominica.”

 

In this upcoming home and away matchup, the officials for the game have been chosen, says executive member, Marlon Kuylen.

 

Marlon Kuylen

Marlon Kuylen, Executive Member, F.F.B.

“FIFA has chosen referees from Guyana to officiate this match. The match commissioner is from Honduras and the referee assessor is from Canada. Now I know referees and assessors are not the most liked people in this sport, but I am hoping that if and when our Belizean public sees these people around that they show them some respect and give them the Belize welcome.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.

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3 Responses for “F.F.B. Unveils National Team Ahead of Dominican Republic Home & Away Series”

  1. Voice of Truth says:

    It is unfortunate that Deon Mccauley does not realize that their is no “I” in the word team. He seems to have this bad habit of tooting his own horn. A little research shows that he was dismissed from the Atlanta Silver-backs (http://www.atlantasilverbacksfc.com/roster). i believe that he actually played 4 games in his short season. scoring 4 goals. Reason given was that he failed to play as a team player.

  2. Belizean Pride says:

    BEST WISH AND LUCK TO OUR JAGUARS!!!!!

  3. Keep it real says:

    I look at it on this angle. We keep looking at Deon as the savoir, and labeling him as a world class player. He is far from that(world class player), as it was shown when he playes for a second level team in the U.S. This shows the level of football in Belize. We are so far away from being competetive at the big level. Our last game shows that agaist Cayman. The players look confuse and lack ideas up top while playing and amateur team that just sat back on their half of the field. The Players technique are really under develope for lack of skill developement at a young age. We are playing a limited team (the Dominican Republic) we should easily beat this team. Belize has been a FIFA member for a while now, and to me the level of progress is a joke,and all we hear is promises.

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