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Jan 23, 2013

What’s next for Belize’s Football selection?

It was a proud moment when the National Selection “A” team Belize scored the winning goal against Nicaragua at the Estadio National de Costa Rica inching closer to the July Gold Cup. It was not until the final minutes of play that Belizeans savored the victory when Super striker, Deon McCauley secured the glorious goal.  President of the Football Federation of Belize, Ruperto Vicente was with the team for the historic win; he returned to the jewel this morning. Vicente told Duane Moody what lies ahead for the football team.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

The final game between Belize and Nicaragua in Costa Rica for the 2013 Copa Centro Americana Games on Tuesday night had Belizeans here at home on the edge of their seats. As the winning goal by Belize was scored by Deon McCauley in the last few minutes of the game, Belize’s spot in the Gold Cup in July was looking like a real possibility. And on Tuesday night, the draw between Costa Rica and Guatemala solidified the team’s spot to the Gold Cup. President of the Football Federation of Belize, Ruperto Vicente, says the team’s mission was achieved.

 

Ruperto Vicente

Ruperto Vicente, President, F.F.B.

“The players went in with a mission to become successful; to become at least fifth in the tournament and they also had a vision and the vision was to get to the Gold Cup. And with the achievement of the national football team, we can safely say that we are in the Gold Cup. I’ll be honest with you, we were on the edge of our seats as well because if you understand football, one – nil is never a secure lead and once a team is leading one – nil and the team comes back and scores a goal at you, it becomes easier for them to score a second goal; because they would have a momentum. So the strategy was to go into the second half and play a defensive came and then counter attack.”

 

Vicente, who returned this morning from Costa Rica, says that while the Belize team does not have a strong midfield, their defense is formidable. Costa Rica, which is favored to win the tournament, is impressed by the strength of Belize’s national team.

 

Ruperto Vicente

“We have an excellent chance of winning against Costa Rica. And if we go back with the strategy that we had because even the Costa Rican coach had said, listen there is no way I could have won against a team that has a solid defense. I cannot go up against a wall. And that’s how they have described the Belize team. And so certainly we are on a good stage and we are working hard and it is all because the players are dedicated, they like what they are getting this time around; we got them to feel comfortable and of course the coaching staff is doing a wonderful job in preparing them for these tournaments. It speaks volume of our athletes. It means that we have natural athletes here and all we need to do is invest in them and nurture the talents that we have and expose it to the world. And now our players have been exposed, some of them will get some contracts and will go into professional football.”

 

There are three games left in the Copa Centro Americana Tournament; Belize versus Honduras on Friday and Costa Rica versus Panama. The winners from each match will then face off for the first and second place titles.  The Copa tournament is a qualifier to the Gold Cup and Vicente says that during the next six months, intense training will be held for the players.

 

Ruperto Vicente

“This team spent two to three months together in preparation and that is limited number of time to prepare a national team. These players that we have are committed. They understand what we wanted to achieve as a federation. They got that but we needed more time to prepare for a tournament such as this one. But we will now have six months to prepare for the Gold Cup so that gives us a little more time to prepare the national team and to prepare midfield players as well who will perform for us next time around.”

 

To prepare the team for this tournament, over two hundred thousand dollars have been spent all with the support of the Belize Bank Limited, Telemedia and Tony Zabaneh. Duane Moody for News Five.

 

The team returns on Monday.

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8 Responses for “What’s next for Belize’s Football selection?”

  1. Lyn says:

    Congratz to u , mah country bze..

  2. estevan says:

    the business community needs to come out and support the team financially. The more television time the team gets internationally is free advertisement for our country.

  3. SP says:

    Go Belize!

    My sense of patriotism has been renewed and once more I can say I am proud of these guys. However, as strong a defense as we could have the matches must be won by having constant attacks and strong midfield and strikers. I liked the idea of the through balls being played from the midfiled. In other words matches are won by scoring, defense alone will not cut it. Nevertheless, congrats Belize we are proud of you!!

    SP

  4. henry says:

    Now other business need to step up and support! !!! LETS DO IT RIGHT THIS TIME !!!!!

  5. Storm says:

    Bravo to Coach Vicente, who has turned the program around in a few months, and bravo to the players as well! The team’s spirit and success is an uplifting force in a country that desperately needs to be lifted up.

  6. zerepe says:

    Football is not just football; it is the pride an hounour of a nation!!

  7. James says:

    As someone said before; this is the only good thing that happened to our country in a long time. Congrats to the team!

  8. RAPHAEL says:

    Our team make us prouder to be Belizean. Congratulation to our team, bring us the GOLD CUP.
    Goooooooooooooooooooooooooooool.

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