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Sep 5, 2018

Belize to take on Bahamas in Football Match

The Belize National Football Team is getting ready to take on the Bahamas on Friday night. The match is one of four in the CONCACAF’s nation’s league and according to the F.F.B., Belize is at the top of the bunch which helps the chances to qualify for the 2019 Gold Cup.  But to get to the Gold Cup, Belize needs to do well in the matches starting with the Bahamian National Team.  That team is made up of mostly young players, so the odds are in Belize’s favour considering that five international players Deon McCaulay, Nana Mensa, Mike Atkinson, Randy Padilla and Woodrow West have been brought in to play for Belize. Today we met the visiting Bahamian team at the airport.

 

Larry Minns, Manager, Bahamas National Football Team

Larry Minns

“We here in Belize to compete, of course. We heard about your hospitality and now we gonna play you in some football. We had some experience with you guys playing beach soccer, now I know it is a return match and I know you guys are pretty good on the grass.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“How did Bahamas prepare? Did you watch what our team has been doing?”

Larry Minns

“Well, basically, our coach was really scouting you guys. He seen a lot of clips because you all had a lot fo friendly games against Jamaica, Grenada. I seen a lot in Belize so far. I saw one of your top players was having some players here, McCaulay – so just to tell you that I am scouting as well here, too.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“So, you’re looking at the talent pool?”

 

Larry Minns

“Oh, yeah, I am a former coach and that is the reason why I am now a Manager. I have been looking at your style of play, looking at your competition. I also know that you guys fare very well in the Gold Cup recently, not this year, but two years ago. You guys were in the last eight and so Belize is a really a team to be reckoned with, very well respected team. We’ve got a very young team, when I say, extremely young. Most of our kids are overseas based. We’ve got about eight over-seas based players. When I say it is a young team, it is a young team and we mixed it with a couple of veterans. We only one have one professional, unfortunately.”

 

Lesly St. Fleur

Lesly St. Fleur , Captain, Bahamas National Football Team

“Our mind-set going into Friday’s game is to go out there and fight for the country and perform at a good level even-though it is a young team. One or two experienced players on the team and being the captain I must go out there and help the team and lead the team. It is our first time here and basically out first time playing against Belize and some of our players playing in the match will be nervous and so that is when I step up as the captain to help guide them to play a good game on Friday.”

 

Marlon Kuylen, Vice-President, FFB

“This is the first match of four of what we call the CONCACAF Nation’s League. Depending on how we do, we should qualify for the 2019 Gold Cup.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“So, looking at this Bahamas team, what are our chances?”

 

Marlon Kuylen

Marlon Kuylen

“I think our chances are very good. Of the four teams that we are going to play in this round of tournament, we are ranked higher than all of them.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“What do you think we need to do on Friday night to win the game?”

Marlon Kuylen

“Well, the players just need to remain focused and carry out the game plan that the coach devised for them. We’ve been training for months now and we’ve had three “friendlies” in between and so the team is well-prepared for this match.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“So, if we win Friday night, what happens next? Who do we play next?”

 

Marlon Kuylen

“We go to Montserrat in October,  then Puerto Rico comes here on November sixteenth and then in March next year we go to Guyana. We are asking the public to please come out and support the team. Motivational-wise it is very good for them. They love to see a full stadium and all the noise we make. So, bring out your flags, bring out your rags and come and make some noise.”

 

Tickets for the game at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan are forty-dollars pre-sold and fifty dollars are the gate. The match starts at six p.m.

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