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Jun 13, 2011

FFB’s International Game on Sports Monday with James Adderley

Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.

Week two of the Belize Bank Super League playoffs saw the red hot Orange Walk United roll into Placencia yesterday for its date with Placencia Assassin under this four team double elimination format. The visitors look to open the scoreboard in the early moments when Randy Cassanova fires this long range missile that inches over the crossbar. In fact, let’s call it a perfect start for OW United when Jarret Davis launches this et piece that screams into the far corner of the next to give his team a 1-zip lead. The Assassin looks for the immediate response when Ashley Torres drops this ball dangerously in front of the goal mouth but Derrick Torres can’t make the connection. It’s a moment fraught with danger for the home team when Christopher Hendricks tries this right foot missile at goal, Marcel Logan simply misplays this ball but is fortunate enough to be rescued by Keon Leslie.

We’re at the fourteenth minute of the match when Bernard Linares sends this ball into the danger zone and OW’s Kenny Canul gets his hand on the ball which leads to the penalty call from referee Leroy Clother. Dalton Eiley, the Placencia captain, steps up for the conversion and sends Charlie Slusher the wrong way to tie the ballgame at 1 apiece.  This gets the Assassin going and they almost double the lead when Brandon Torres left foots this ball at goal but does not get enough on it to beat Charlie Slusher. Meanwhile, Marcel Logan pays with his body on this attempted score when Cesar Roberts crashes into him and only a foul call denies OW the lead. On this attempt at goal Dellon Torres goes to the slice but the scoreboard remains unimpressed as the ball travels wide. How tough is this ballgame today. Well, folks you judge for yourselves from the picture before your eyes and at the half, we’re got a 1-1 tie.

In the meantime, we’re only nine minutes into the second half when Linares finds Ashley Torres who powers this left foot through the legs of Charlie Slusher as the home team takes a 2-1 lead. For Marcel Logan, today is one of those days because again he has to give up his body for the team, but he would continue. This time it’s Lorenzo Diaz putting a hit on Logan; still he presses on. Nevertheless, Placencia Assassin hangs on to the 2-1 big W, stinging OW United in week two of the playoffs.

Also getting stung yesterday, was the defending champion RG City Boys who took a 1-zip blast at the Toledo Union from Paradise Freedom Fighters on a goal by Alexander Peters. Thus, after two playoff outings all four teams are tied at 3 points apiece from 1 win, 1 loss apiece. This Sunday, Placencia Assassin travels to Paradise Freedom Fighters at PG and Orange Walk comes to the MCC Grounds to face RG City Boys as the plot thickens.

Meanwhile folks, despite the pressure situation the Football Federation of Belize, President Dr. Bertie Chimilio is pressing on with the FIFA World Cup qualifiers. In fact, a national senior team caught the plane this morning en route to Trinidad and Tobago, where Montserrat is playing its home game in the two game series with Belize.

Bertie Chimilio, President, FFB

Bertie Chimilio

“Game one is this Wednesday the fifteenth in Trinidad and Tobago. You know Montserrat is a small little island; they don’t have the proper sporting facilities so they have gone to Trinidad and that’s where we will be playing at the Larry Gomez Stadium at six o’clock Trinidad time which is four o’clock Belize time. That’s their home game and they come back here to play us on Sunday.”

James Adderley

“Are there any foreseeable problems from your vantage point?”

Bertie Chimilio

“We don’t see any problem. We continue to trek on. We do believe that we are on the right track and we will not let anyone detract us and if I could use honorable Boots Martinez’s phrase, “Don’t worry about the noise at the market, check yo change.”   And so that is definitely where we are moving on and working towards our plans. The team is en route as we speak; the nineteen players are en route to Trinidad and Tobago. As you know there was a visa problem but we don’t want to get into the details on how that came about. Nonetheless, there was a visa problem and we had a group that had to go through Central America and another group that is going through Miami cause they had visas.”

James Adderley

“Looking to the return game, do you foresee any problems? Montserrat will come to the Phillip Goldson International Airport. Do you see any problems?”

Bertie Chimilio

“As far as I’m concerned, no. We are all CARICOM brothers so I don’t see any problems. And if any problems come up, we’ll deal with it then.”

James Adderley

“From your vantage point, how important is this game for Belize?”

Bertie Chimilio

“It’s very important because first of all it’s the first game. When the finals of the World Cup is done in 2014, a thousand plus games will be played [and] this is the first game of a thousand plus games. So it is very important for us because the world will be looking now at Belize and Montserrat. The world cup will begin with us and hopefully it will end with Belize, but it will begin with us. So it is very important to us and is important for us to play internationally to show the world where we have gotten, what we could do and how far we could go. The Montserratian team is full of British players. They were born in Montserrat or Montserratian descent, but they are British players. As a matter of fact, their left winger is from Swansea. If you heard, Swansea just got elevated to the EPL. The left winger is a Montserratian. So if you look at their numbers, it may look like they are not a footballing country because they have no league, they have no development plans, but they have a federation. It’s been so encouraging since we started training the first of May, we’ve had nothing less than thirty-five players at camp. Unfortunately only eighteen can travel and these guys are there every week—young, old and in between. So it is very encouraging that our players do want this exposure, do want to show off their stuff and once we get to the group stages it’s going to be very, very tough. You play one game, you travel to another. Then you play next month, then you travel and then you come back home to play another. So it’s gonna be very interesting in September, October, November of this year.”

James Adderley

“The FFB is functioning under sustained and intense pressure. How do you do it? How does life goes on as business per usual?”

Bertie Chimilio

“Yes you do pay the pressure some mind, but once you get your plans you always work with it. I’m a graduate of Belize Technical College Sixth Form and we had a phrase; “Deeds, not words.” So you said it right; sustained pressure—those are words. We at the F.F.B. continue to work. You said it right a cloud and this cloud is artificial; it’s not sustainable, cannot stand and in due time we will deal with the cloud. And that is the reason we will continue our work. The cloud is of no threat to us and we’ve been here before and I am certain we will overcome it this time.”

James Adderley

“So the home match comes up Sunday the nineteenth at the F.F.B. Stadium in Belmopan?”

Bertie Chimilio

“Definitely. We are still finishing up the facility with the fence. We did some improvements to the field. We have a press booth; I don’t know if it will be ready for Sunday, but we are pressing on. We are already selling tickets and we just want to get this off the ground. The players are excited; they left quite happy and they have promised that they’ll bring back a win for the nation.”

In volleyball news, San Cas Seven Seas beat Scotiabank 25-12, 23-25, 15-11 to win Saturday’s Inter-Office opener while in division one, male play Scorpions stung Home Protector Rebels 25-22, 25-22, 25-15 in straight sets. The action continues Thursday at the civic with San Cas facing Scotia Bank in Inter-Office play. Lady Jaguars take on Moon Stars and in the male nightcap, Scorpions take on Home Protector Rebels. It’s championship night for the Belize Volleyball Association.

On the softball scene, Friday at Rogers Stadium, Oceana Pro’s outlasted Team 313 in a 14-10 slug fest in male play. On Tuesday, Oceana Pro’s will face Dantos.

Jah Overall, I’m James Adderely.

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6 Responses for “FFB’s International Game on Sports Monday with James Adderley”

  1. Contributor says:

    The DARN nerves of Bertie Chimilio. An Arrogant and disrespectful man. I am disappointed in our players for going to Trinidad. They are ALL FOR THEMSELVES rather than the development of sports in our country. SMDH!!!

  2. Righteous says:

    It is very disappointing that these players don’t realize that Chimilio is just using them as playing cards. They don’t see the bigger picture. They prefer to sell their soul for one game instead of looking at their future. They prefer to let go of the bone to catch the shadow. I feel sorry for them.

  3. Belizean2dbone says:

    I love the sport of Football but this is one game I am boycotting. How can we expect things to change when the major players cannot take a stand against what is clearly corruption within the FFB. As much as I want to see the sport of football advance in Belize, I can never support the FFB in its present state. Something has to give and I thought it would have been the players taking a stance but I guess some people cannot see beyond their noses. Lord, I hope my 10 year old son who has a passion for the game can see better in his lifetime. :(

  4. Moses says:

    Looki it. FIFA has strict rules. No interference from government. Complete autonomy.
    Protocol for elections.

    People don’t like Chimilo for many reasons. His interview did not sound arrogant or disrespectful to me. He was positive and focussed on Belize’s soccer mission. The Government and certain individuals are pissed because they cannot interfere. The rest of the world, even North Korea, respects the autonomy of FIFA.

    As for the players. I believe they are putting their country before themselves.

    There are many HATERS out there, John Saldivar, being the biggest baby. …………….

  5. cayobway says:

    this a real slap in the face for john saldivar and sergio chuc, they wanted chimillo place so bad, and if they continue to push belize will lose recognition from fifa. …………

  6. Contributor says:

    I say, take a suspension from FIFA and use the time to restructure football in Belize. Chimilio must abide by the laws of the land. Who the hell does he think he is? He uses our country BELIZE to make money and accounts to noone. Where is the accountability? Or is it because he, his croonies and sweetheart enjoy the sweetness of it all?

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