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Jan 28, 2013

Sports Monday highlights with James Adderley

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


The Copa Centro Americana produced its 2013 Champion yesterday and while that honor does not belong to Belize, our national football team did make an enormous splash inside this event hosted at Costa Rica. For the 1st time Belize won a ballgame beating Nicaragua 2 to 1. For the 1st time, Belize made it to the semi-final round in this Central American Affair. And for the very 1st time, Belize has qualified for the prestigious Gold Cup to be hosted by the US. Beginning July 7th.

Friday evening, Belize made that bold step forward to the semi-final round against the defending champion, Honduras, and as expected, Honduras dominated the action. At the 10th minute, Las Contrachos almost get on to the scoreboard off this corner kick. Indeed, Woodrow West has been the dominant figure on the Belize Team; especially because of our defensive posture and when this ball filters through, West shows us why. At the 29th minute, Garcia gets this touch from pointblank range but again our defense holds firm. In the meantime, Trevor Lennon tries to score from the same spot he scored against Nicaragua but it was not to be. In fact, Belize’s best shot in the half comes at the 35th minute when Deon McCauley looks for his 17th international goal only to be denied by the Honduran keeper. After intermission, Honduras intensifies their attacks. Jeroy Benson gets this chance with the header, but he misses the target. 6 minutes later, Bangston gets this good look at goal only to misfire from inside the box. At the 63rd minute, Evan Mariano unleashes this powerful right foot shot that just inches outside the sticks and it proved to be Team Belize’s best attempt of the match.

Nevertheless, at the 67th minute, Garcia finds Brian Bekiles with this great pass and his strike gives Honduras the 1-zip lead. It would be enough to propel the defending champions into the finals while relegating Belize to the 3rd place match against El Salvador who fell 1-0 in the other semifinal match against Costa Rica. Let’s join this match which was staged yesterday and we start at the 31st minute when Woodrow West comes up with the back to back saves off this set piece fired by El Salvador. Just before the half expires, Darwin Bonilla gets off this header right at Woodrow West while Belize just did not get a shot on frame in the 1st half. Immediately into 2nd half, Belize tries to open the scoreboard when Deon McCauley looks to catch the El Salvador keeper, Carillo, off his line with this floater from long distance but it’s a tiny bit too long. We’re at the 50th minute when Woodrow West makes the first major mistake in this tournament by failing to properly collect this shot off the left wing and let’s this ball reach nelson Bonilla who makes it a 1-nil ballgame. Belize looks for the equalizer when Deon McCauley fires from long distance but its right at Carillo.

At the other end, Nelson Bonilla almost doubles the lead with this trick header only this time, Woodrow West comes up big. El Salvador continues its search to double the lead when Via Cicensio powers this header that crashes off the crossbar and then controls the rebound to fire off this right foot right at West. El Salvador hangs on to the 1-zip Big Win to grab the bronze medal; while Belize settles for 4th place, which is still their best finish ever in the Copa Centro Americana Games. Our team returns today at 3:25 p.m. and will stop at the Brodie’s Plaza on the Philip Goldson Highway where the welcome parade is expected to take off. However, the celebration for Belize’s best showing in international football has been severely tainted by the unexpected resignation of the architect of this success, Leroy Sherrier of Costa Rica. This is what he said in an interview with the press after the 3rd place game.


Leroy Sherrier

Leroy Sherrier, Former Head Coach, National Team

“This is my last game as coach with the Belize team. I believe we have worked satisfactorily, seriously and responsibly, but the structure of this federation, our league cannot sustain this program. Therefore, I cannot continue. There is no guarantee that this team will improve or that it will get better trainers or participate in better tournaments. I cannot sustain this team as it is.”


Folks, this is a complete about face from Sherrier’s pre-tournament pronouncement here in Belize.


Leroy Sherrier

“I have no contract. I believe in his word; I believe in the committee’s word. When you have mutual trust, you don’t have to sign no contract. I don’t want to sign no contract.”


Jose Sanchez

“Coaches come and go in Belize and that’s why I’m asking. We want to know what is your commitment to them…”


Leroy Sherrier

“If they want me to stay twenty years—I don’t think I will live twenty years long—but if they want me to be here with them working, I’ll be here. I give thme my words in front of you, the press.”


This unfortunate turn of events has dashed a full vat of cold water on our football program. I speculate that either something might have happened with the team that changed Sherrier’s perspective or he is positioning himself to get the best bargain from the F.F.B. if there is contract negotiations. Michael Blease in a telephone conversation this morning informed us that the F.F.B. has not received anything official from Coach Leroy Sherrier. For us who were hoping this flicker would have turned into a flame, this news is disappointing. So stay tuned.

In other football news, the opening round of the Orange Walk 1st Division Tournament yesterday saw Edwani Munoz open the scoreboard with this goal that gives San Lazaro a 1-zip lead over San Estevan at the 28th minute. Right off the resumption of the play, Edwani Munoz mounts this individual effort that ties the ballgame at the 29th. At the 40th minute, Edwani Munoz goes to work again beating the defense and the keeper to make it a 2-1 lead. Irvin Orosco then gets in on the goal scoring with this left foot launch that gives San Estevan a 3-1 lead to take into intermission. San Lazaro makes the ballgame interesting when Aris Serano pull one back to make it a 3-2 score. However, in extra time, Edwani Munoz again works his magic to record the har-trick and make it a 4-2 win for San Estevan. In the other semifinal match up, Guinea Grass and Progresso FC battled to a 1-1 stalemate. Thus this Sunday, February 3th, the finalists will emerge in the O.W. 1st Division Season.

jah over all, I’m James Adderley.

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1 Response for “Sports Monday highlights with James Adderley”

  1. Football Knowledge says:

    Mr. Vicente!!!!! You need to get that coach that made Sagitun an unstoppable team. Vera I believe his name is or something like that. Get in touch with Mr. Zabaneh. That was the best Coach I’ve ever seen here in Belize. He had that team playing ball unlike any other Belizean team I have ever seen. You want success in the Gold Cup? Get that man and get him fast.

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