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Jan 28, 2013

Hero’s Welcome; Jaguars return home

The Belize National Football “A” Selection, also known as the Jaguars, returned to Belize today after making history in the Copa Centro Americana Games held in San Jose, Costa Rica. While the boys from Belize might not have won first place, they were the official big story of the competition, surprising regional football observers who expected them to be easily knocked out of play. The team captured the attention and hearts of many Belizeans and returned to a heroes’ welcome. A short press conference was held at James Brodie’s Parking lot at the entrance of Belize City. Love was definitely in the air from the team and the cheering fans. The team’s shining stars gave thanks and praises for the support and News Five was there.


Deon McCauley

Deon McCauley, Scored Goal in Extra Time

“To be there in the Gold Cup and Guatemala is not there, Nicaragua is not there; for the first time in our history it means a lot to Belize, to the people. So I just wanna thank everybody for the support and I just wanna ask everybody to continue supporting the national team at every level. I just wanna say thank god for everything.”


Woodrow West

Woodrow West, Goalkeeper

“To start with we always pray before we work out, before we go on the field, before we train, before we eat; everything. And my team sticks together from the beginning until now. I really had confidence in every single one of them. And we believe like what I told Mister Vicente before we started the tournament, that I learn from my parents that where is a godly man, we proceed and god helps us, right. So if Mister Vicente could remember this, we did it.”


Trevor Lennon

Trevor Lennon, Scored First Belize Goal

“It’s not like when we used to go out and play just like that because they brought a different energy to us. It wasn’t about me, it wasn’t about Deon, it was about the whole team. Me, Deon and the other guys can’t play by ourselves. It took the whole team and the energy to have we where we are right now.”


Dalton Eiley

Dalton Eiley, Team Captain

“As Captain of the National Team, it is an honor to be the captain first time. But there is a lot of captains out there; there wasn’t only one. I mean everybody was talking; it felt like there was eleven captain out there and not only one. My team work hard and I have to give my hat off to the committee; the members of the committee taking care of us and giving us what we need. When players needed something, they came up big and gave us what we need to go out there and win the game. The coaching staff, who worked hard all the months that we had trained and prepared us for these games; these games weren’t easy—five games. First time ever in Belize history we went to the nation cup and played five games and we stood out there and held our own against the big players. We did it not only for ourselves, but for our fans, for our families and for the country of Belize.”


After the brief conference, the team and support staff were taken on a motorcade around the city before heading to a pep rally to be held at the Bird’s Isle. The celebration, however, was bittersweet as it was confirmed that the coach, Leroy Sherrier, who led the team to the spectacular performance in Costa Rica, has resigned. That matter will be discussed later this week by the F.F.B.

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5 Responses for “Hero’s Welcome; Jaguars return home”

  1. NoNo says:

    I’m Proud to be Belizean, Our boys did an awesome Job. Guatemala call we all kinda a names and they went home ashame. I could imagine what we could achieve if we had full time players… just imagine.

    P.s God should always be with a capital G when reffering to the creater and i know thats who the guys were thanking and praying to.. Thank God for your team and for the wonderful country of Belize.

  2. Storm says:

    It’s a great day for the team and the nation, all the more satisfying because they pushed the Guats out of the Cup.

    I am troubled by the resignation of Coach Sherrier just at the moment of the team’s greatest success, however. That can’t be a good sign. I hope the pieces can be put back together soon.

  3. Belizean says:

    Welcome back heroes of our nation. This is the type of things that we should support.
    Go Belize Go!!

  4. ceo says:

    I hope they get a chance to push some weights, eat good, rest and no bleach. Ease up pan the rutting to so you guys can come out blazing. We are hoping your game will be in Chitown.

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