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Aug 31, 2010

Trinidad and Belize gearing up for football match

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Aside from the official ceremonies on September tenth, a friendly match will be played with a renowned international football team in the nation’s capital.  The stage has been set for a regional showcase for bragging rights between Belize’s national team and Trinidad and Tobago. FFB President Bertie Chimilio says the idea for the competition was born during this year’s World Cup tournament.  He stopped by our news studio today to tell us how the preparations for the matching are coming along.

Bertie Chimilio, President, Football Federation of Belize

“While in South Africa earlier this year the general secretary and I had an opportunity to talk to the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation, all the islands, we spoke to all the Caribbean guys and told them listen we want to play you guys and see where we are however it’s very expensive for us to come by you.  And so the guy from T&T Mr. Richard—I don’t remember his name right now—but he hit up the offer, spoke to his president and that’s how it came along.  Then the national team manager contacted our general secretary and they contacted me and so the ball started getting rolling in early July.”

Isani Cayetano

“I notice that there have also been some renovations done to the field in Belmopan.  Can you speak to us a bit on that?”

Bertie Chimilio

“Well it’s not really renovations, it’s part of an ongoing project, you know.  Many years ago we had a vision to have our own facility and so we pressed government, pressed government, government after government since 1998 and nothing has been happening so we decided to use the FIFA monies wisely and in stages construct a facility that will eventually become a stadium.  Late last year we got a visit from our guys, our friends at Caribbean Tires and they offered us some help and for those who have been passing up and down they could see that apart from the seating facility completed, we now have some light towers up and hopefully in the not too distant future we will be able to play all of our international official matches here in Belize.”

Chimilio left for Panama today to meet with football officials there to determine which country Belize will play in January to qualify for the regional cup.  Chimilio also said that the national team stands a good chance of defeating Trinidad and Tobago next Friday because it has been training rigorously at the newly renovated facility.  News Five will have more on this story in tomorrow’s newscast.

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12 Responses for “Trinidad and Belize gearing up for football match”

  1. Truth says:

    under Chimilio, Belize will never get no where in Football.

  2. fballer says:

    I wonder why people in belize don’t speak up.
    We would all agree that there is something wrong with football here in belize. 80% of belizeans used to follow football, but now, it’s dead. It was not hard to find sponsors, cause everybody saw the prosperity.

  3. Elgin Martinez says:

    Lets start the petition and get Bertie out.Talking alone is not going to cut it.

  4. 7606 says:

    Sad to see that Belize will never make it in the real scene of football with all these crooked people in power. It’s funny how Chimilio fails to speak on how much they are paying the football players to “rigorusly train” to play this game and how the media fails to question him as to why it has taken him SO LONG to use FIFA’s monies “wisely” to renovate or improve the facility in Belmopan when that should of happened from the beginning when Belize had to go to Guatemala to play a home game a couple years ago.
    Its sad to see that the guys from our national team will never make any headway out of Chimilio’s Hands.
    Belizeans as an entire nation take no initiative to stand up for their own country and make things right in all aspects, not only in sports… BUT hey I guess that’s why they refer to themselves as a “laid-back” nation, well continue laying back and also continue to get trampled on and never progressing as a nation!

  5. fballer says:

    The minister of sports has the power to forcefully take out chimilio, and he should. The only thing we’d have to be prepared to face is fifa being banned from 3 to 5 years. That’s fine, it should get done.

  6. Earl Grey says:

    7606……….. WAKE UP!!!!! It might not be good now, but it can….. AND WILL GET BETTER.


  7. Gregori says:

    How long will bertie chimilio be in that position, its time for a change.

  8. rootsman says:

    Don’t know much about the football situation in Belize but always thought that most of the players in sports in Belize were not discipline enough for the sports for example I see some of these guys smoke real hard, how can you destroy your lungs like that and expect to play in competitive sports? aside from that it seems like a good percentage of the commentators here have pointed to problems with Mr. Chimilio if so many in a small group recognizes this then there must be a problem with this man why has nothing been done about it? I would imagine it has something to do with the almighty dollar.

  9. A Viewer says:

    I think its time to step up and show the talent (our boy’s) ,put aside the criticisim,make Belize proud.wish our guys the very good luck at that day.

  10. carl says:

    with chimilio belize football team will never never never ever go far cas he is doing nothing. way goverment can not tek his rrra out of management hope something is done

  11. carl says:

    we hope our team do good dis friday and if so is because of the player dat put there best. no of chimilio

  12. carl says:

    way we have to wait moderation mek he know wat belizean think of him. they want dis man out

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