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Jun 4, 2018

Jaguars Held by Barbados; Tridents to Visit Belize in August

The national selection football team, the Belize Jaguars, is heading back home after playing a friendly match on Sunday in Barbados against that country’s national team, known as the Tridents. The team did not score a goal but neither did the Tridents on their home field. The match, however, provides valuable experience to the Jaguars if they are to advance to the CONCACAF Gold Cup. News Five’s Duane Moody has a report on the international game.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

On Sunday evening, Belize Jaguars faced off against Barbados’ Tridents in an international friendly match at Wildey Turf in that island. After ninety minutes of play, there were zero goals scored on either side of the field. On Friday, the team Belize left en route to Barbados and the players anticipated a good game.

 

Ian Gaynair

Ian Gaynair, Midfield, Belize Jaguars [File: June 1st, 2018]

“I feel really confident because I think we all prepared very well. We trained about two weeks and we had two practice matches so I feel like…and we even saw them play—we watched a couple videos with them—so I very confident that we can go out there and win the away game.”

 

Najib Guerra

Najib Guerra, Left Midfield, Belize Jaguars [File: June 1st, 2018]

“I’m gonna support my team with my speed, my skills and I the preparation that our coach has given us, it’s a good preparation for this game.”

 

Woodrow West

Woodrow West, Captain, Belize Jaguars [File: June 1st, 2018]

“The group is humble and it is much easier to work with these guys cause they want to play. The team looks great. We did two weeks of good training and we have a good plan to see what we can do in Barbados. We have seen how they played and we structured our team to have a great match against them.”

 

The composition of the team has changed over the years, and most recently, the Football Federation of Belize has been introducing some new blood to the field. Described as an aggressive national team, Belize Jaguars midfield and defensive strategies were effective, with great ball control. But it did not translate into goals made against the Barbadian Tridents.

 

Marlon Kuylen

Marlon Kuylen, Sr. Vice President, F.F.B.

“The idea wasn’t just to go out there and come back with a win. The idea was to go out there and give the youths especially an opportunity to play at that level and the international players and try to create a mesh going forward. You will note that a lot of youth were on that team, we had some of the veterans and some of the international players. A lot of people are saying that Deon didn’t do much, but Deon hasn’t played with the national team for over a year and half. So these are all factors. But the more friendlies we play, the better the team will become. You will note also that we are not playing that defensive style that we used to and relying on the counterattacks. We are bringing the ball from behind, holding the ball more in the middle and creating opportunities So, it is an even better style of playing that you are seeing now.”

 

Senior Vice President of the F.F.B., Marlon Kuylen says that he was cautiously optimistic about the outcome of the game, even as the team was en route to Barbados because half of the players arrived on the island on Saturday night and were unable to make the practice session at the Wildey Turf, prior to the game.

 

Marlon Kuylen

“More than half of the players had to go through a long route; had to go through Panama, Venezuela, Trinidad then Barbados—that means they had to overnight also. And they did not arrive in Barbados until Saturday night so that’s not an ideal situation you want for your players. So even so they should have had a practice session to run through some drills and get that cohesion, but unfortunately they were unable to do so.”

 

On August fourth 2018, Belize will host the Barbados Tridents for the Jaguars home game. Duane Moody for News Five.

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