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Jun 16, 2015

So What’s Next for the Belize Jaguars?

What’s next for the Belize Jaguars as they head into the third round of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers?  Well, that’s what we asked F.F.B. senior executive Marlon Kuylen today.  While much has been said about the momentous victory over the Dominican Republic, very little has been said openly about the road ahead.  The Jaguars are yet to learn who their next opponents are, when those games will be played and the cost of doing battle at that tier.  According to Kuylen, a meeting will be held in the coming days where a draw to determine their next challenger will be taken.


Marlon Kuylen, Senior Executive, F.F.B.

“Next month they will have a draw to see who our next opponent will be.  Until then our main focus is to try and keep the team in camp because our next match will be at the end of August, first week in September.”


Isani Cayetano

“In terms of the financial outlook, what does that mean for the amount of funds that need to be raised to send these guys out for the third round?”


Marlon Kuylen

Marlon Kuylen

“Well, we are not sure how much it will cost us as yet, it depends on our opponent.  For instance, if we should draw Curacao, that island is very far from here.  It’s a very expensive place so you can imagine that it will cost us much more than the Dominican Republic and Cayman.  But I can say that we will be meeting this week to finally try and produce the Gold Cup financials.  Our aim is to also produce our financials for the past two rounds and do a projection for the third round.  I think the public will be very surprised to see what it is costing us.  And then tomorrow evening we are planning a post mortem of this last round and by Thursday we will be able to talk more about what our projections will be and what our plans are.”


Isani Cayetano

“And this is set against the backdrop that the team remains in camp to continue training, leading up to round three?”


Marlon Kuylen

“Yes.  Our being in camp since November paid off pretty well.  As you could have seen on Sunday, the team was really jelling and that’s mainly because they’ve been together since November and the idea is, especially since this is the off season right now, we need to keep them in camp, in full camp.  So that again has a cost to it, you know.”

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3 Responses for “So What’s Next for the Belize Jaguars?”

  1. fureal says:

    I applaud all the members of the national team which includes the staff and administration. It was a rough road and it shows that hard work and dedication do pay off. I am glad I attended the game to cheer on our boys and me too is hoping that we get to play a team that is near by so that I could attend. I think that the federation need to do more promotion and include businesses to partner and provide incentives to the staff. That way its a win, win situation. Go TEAM BELIZE!!!!!

  2. CEO says:

    I did not even read the hole thing because if we do not have the money we should not get in it the tournament! If we get into the tournament these are fixed costs that are known and we needed to prepare for it or maybe they did not expect to go that far?

    It is my opinion that the problem is mismanagement of funds and no one really care about the advancement of football in Belize as it pertains to international competition. Think about it we have talent that we do not develop nor do we compensate those with developed talents but we want them on our team.

    We need to find a way from this colonial mindset! We need to learn to pay our own way and stand up for ourselves.

    We will lose our best players because others value their tallents.

  3. carlos says:

    Good Team Belize.
    Lets do a Teleton / Radioton to get money for our national football team. Lets involve the people.When people feel involved in the works, they cooperate. Lets go Belize lets help the National Football Team

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