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Jan 22, 2013

Will football team make it to the next round?

You may have held your breath to see Belize put in that second goal at the absolute end of tonight’s game. But you may have to hold it just a bit longer. There is one more hurdle to overcome before we advance. And according to Luis Pena, the Public Relations Officer for the Football Federation of Belize, we will have to wait for the outcome of Guatemala’s game. Just minutes ago News Five spoke to Pena and F.F.B. executive member, Marlon Kuylen.


Luis Pena, P.R. Officer, F.F.B.

“The game was well played as you can see. The team, the national selection for Belize, played an exceptional game. We were up one nil and then we draw and then again Deon McCauley scored a goal in extra time. So this gives Belize a very good position to qualify for the Gold Cup.”


Jose Sanchez

“This game itself, even if we do advance, it is a first for us isn’t it?”


Luis Pena

Luis Pena

“It’s a first; it is history in the making for Belize and we are all excited. Now we have to watch the game at eight o’clock because Costa Rica and Guatemala will battle it out. Guatemala has a lot on the line now because if Guatemala loses or draws, automatically Belize will advance.”


Jose Sanchez

“How strong is the Guatemalan team compared to the Costa Rica team?”


Marlon Kuylen, Executive Member, F.F.B.

“Costa Rica team is the favorite to win the whole tournament so the pressure is on Guatemala for sure.”


Jose Sanchez

“So we do have a reason to root against Guatemala tonight?”


Marlon Kuylen

“Definitely, I’m hoping too that because our national team coach is Costa Rica that the Costa Rican team will want to do even better yet to help our coach and our team to advance.”


Daniel Ortiz, Channel 7

“Sir we noticed that in the second half of the game, Nicaragua controlled a lot of the balls. Can you tell us what factors, as professionals, played into effect?”


Luis Pena

“Well what I believe happened, the first goal, I think we got a little bit complacent. But then again when Nicaragua tied the game it was time to step up to the big times.”


Jose Sanchez

“So assuming then that Guatemala loses the game tonight, who do we play? What’s the competition like? How do we advance in this tournament?”


Marlon Kuylen

Marlon Kuylen

“Well it gets tougher because then we are going up against the three best teams in Central America. But on a note here we must be proud because regardless, we are a semi-professional; our league is a semi-professional league. We are playing against guys that are playing professionally. So this is a huge, huge step in the right direction for us.”


Jose Sanchez

“I know it is a team effort, but what does it say about the likes of Mister Woodrow West and Mister McCauley?”


Marlon Kuylen

“I’m positive that in the very near future, these guys will be getting contracts to go and play internationally. Belize has the talent and it is a pity that the past federation didn’t capitalize on what we had and it gives me great pleasure to see that in just ten short months that we have accomplished what we have done. We may be patting ourselves on the shoulders, but you know what, it is the players and their families behind them and our sponsors of course that made this possible.”


Don’t’ forget that today’s game against Nicaragua repeats at eight o’clock tonight.

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2 Responses for “Will football team make it to the next round?”

  1. Storm says:

    I’m very impressed by the players and the coach. Well done to all!

  2. brainz says:

    well great games guys, it was excellent match that you guys gave Nicaragua and please don’t held the ball too long and also please receive the ball quickly, overall I applaud you guys was a Great victory..thanks to the Goal keeper and Deon..

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