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Jul 5, 2013

Players and F.F.B. sign contracts prior to departure

Ruperto Vicente

The Belize Jaguars were late for their farewell and public pep rally at the PGIA this morning, because of a dispute regarding contracts and payments between the administration of the Football Federation of Belize and the players.  Agreements which were to be signed between both parties should have taken place earlier in the week; however, F.F.B.’s management stalled until the last minute for financial reasons.  The explanation offered by F.F.B. President, Ruperto Vicente, is that the federation was hesitant to enter into an agreement with the players without first securing its finances.  The athletes, he says, have made certain demands that the federation cannot meet at this juncture.  That shortfall led to a brief impasse this morning and the team was held up at F.F.B.’s headquarters in Belmopan until a favorable deal was reached.


Ruperto Vicente, President, Football Federation of Belize

“I am reluctant to sign contracts coming to any agreements not knowing what monies I have.  I have to know what I have before I promise anything.  I cannot promise what I do not have, you know, and that‘s the reason we had just signed the contract.  I had to secure monies for these players, you know, because without money they will not play and that’s the bottom line.”


Isani Cayetano

“What is the spirit of the team traveling from Belmopan this morning given what seems to be last minute controversies prior to their departure for Oregon?”


Ruperto Vicente

“We will never be out of controversy when it comes to football.  Players, you know, will always have their demands and we at the administration have to be explaining to players that their demands, certain demands cannot be met, you know.  And we must understand, you know, that we are not yet at the position where we can pay our players a huge amount of money.  We’re not there yet, you know, we’re still a poor federation, you know, and that’s the reason we are asking the public to assist us.”



“Sir, we also saw Mr. Slusher, he announced to the nation last night that he does not want to continue working with the F.F.B.  How does that change things, seeing as though he has been a great asset to the team so far?”


Ruperto Vicente

“Well, you know, in anger all of that will come out, you know, and I spoke to Charlie yesterday.  He has a bright coaching career, you know, what he’s going through right now I know it’s painful but it’s a young man that I am ready to embrace and I’m going to bring him back to the federation for him to work with the federation.  What Charlie is saying, yes I agree with what he is saying at this point because he is annoyed, he’s annoyed.  You know, it’s a painful to go through, you know, myself would make such comments.  I would never work with the F.F.B., but I assured him yesterday that he has a bright future.  He’s going out for a coaching course and when he returns I am going to embrace him, I am going to bring him back.”


Charlie Slusher

Isani Cayetano

“How do you strike a balance in terms of the raw emotions coming out of this particular decision by the executive with someone who has been an asset, like my colleague has said, to the development of football post-Bertie Chimilio?”


Ruperto Vicente

“The balance has to be done.  We have to strike a balance, you know, because, and sometimes it is difficult to strike that balance but some decisions are made, you know, that are painful to people.  And sometimes the public will not understand the reason those changes have to be [made], those decisions have to be made.  But we are called to make decisions, we are called to make them and sometimes we make them at the wrong time, according to the public.  Sometimes we make them at the right time, you know, and sometimes they are popular and not popular and in this case the decision we made is not popular, you know, and we have to live with that.”


Coverage of Gold Cup 2013 will be carried live on Channel Five beginning on Monday morning on Open Your Eyes and during the evening newscasts, leading up to the showdown between Belize and U.S.A. on Tuesday.

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4 Responses for “Players and F.F.B. sign contracts prior to departure”

  1. Ricky says:

    Ruperto are very confuse and are loosing the grip of the federation, if you listen to what Deon said in his interview that they dont cares about the players then we know something is wrong. Why on earth Ruperto waited until now to dismiss Charlie if he say d guy disrespected him in Costa Rica. My experence with this present group in d federation is no different than d previous. Yes mayb they take d team one step more but they got the same issuse of doing what they want and not what the players want n need. You c how much donations these guys recieving everyday n r still crying because they want to take all there families, friends, district chairmans n god know who else. and r disrespecting d players almost to d extend of missing there flight. NO LOVE FOR FOOTBALL JUST D MONEY. these r d same cat just they r in a different house. RUPERTO N BLEASE R NO GOOD FOR FOOTBALL.

  2. lucrecia says:

    lets go BELIZE

  3. ceo says:

    I like Ruperto Vicente. As a leader sometimes tough decisions need to be made and he sems to be able to make these tough decisions instead of going with the status quo. If Charlie is willing to becoame a better coach he will use this as a learning experience.

  4. me says:

    Cash solves everything for the FFB. People need to understand that. Money keeps the ball rollin! Bottom line.

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