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Jul 12, 2013

Jaguar, Danny Jimenez returns to be with dying mother

Danny Jimene

On Saturday afternoon, the Belize Jaguars will meet Costa Rica in the pitch at the Rio Tinto Stadium in Salt Lake, Utah. Internationally, the national team is considered the underdogs and has been building up a fan base. In numerous sports stories today, Woodrow West and Ian Gaynair were in the spotlight for turning down thousands of dollars to throw the match against the United States which ended six to one. Match-fixing is a big thing and it is threatening the integrity of the sport. CONCACAF has issued a statement commending the two players saying, “We want to thank Woodrow West and Ian Gaynair and recognize them for their bravery and commitment to preserving the integrity of our game…” But when the Jaguars plays Costa Rica, it will be minus forward Danny Jimenez. Jimenez returned to Belize this afternoon to be at his ailing mother’s side. Theresita Jimenez suffered a stroke just before he was to leave for Portland, and while he would have stayed she begged him to go with the team and make his country proud. But her condition worsened, and reports surfaced on Thursday that she had suffered a second massive stroke and was on life support. With that Jimenez decided to return home immediately and was on a plane early this morning. News Five met up with him as he left the PGIA this afternoon and he told us that he returned because family comes first.


Danny Jimenez, Forward, Belize Jaguars

“From before I left Belize, everybody mi know the situation with my ma and unfortunately the situation turn drastically and I have to come back because I put family first. I woulda wah deh out there with the team still. And if everything work as plan, Monday morning, I wah fly back to Connecticut.”


Mike Rudon

“Danny, dah wah hard question to ask, but tell me about your emotions coming back to Belize like this…coming back for the reason you’ve come back.”


Danny Jimenez

“Ih hard because I deh yonder di train with the team, but my mind neva deh with the team from the moment my bredda called me and tell me what happened to my ma. My ma dah one ah di strongest supporters of me…she go dah all of my games weh I play since I di play football. I just had to come back. I just mi can’t deh out there knowing that she deh pan ih last moments. I have to deh yah fi she. A lot fot he players mi di tell me make I be strong and stay, but I tell dehn bwai, I woulda wah deh yah, but my ma come first. I wah support unu still from Belize. I wah still di support the team.”


Mike Rudon

“Tell me a little bit about your mother. She has to be someone extremely special to you…I see the emotion in your face when you talk about her.”


Danny Jimenez

“Well basically my ma dah one of the biggest supporters for me. She always deh deh fi me. Before I left the Wednesday morning fi camp, me and my ma sit down and talk and we talked about this game and everything. She tell me that she want make I go out there go do my best and prove that Belize could play football. Basically she dah wah real football fan; she’s been to all my games from sicne I di grow di play football.”

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4 Responses for “Jaguar, Danny Jimenez returns to be with dying mother”

  1. Paco Smith says:

    I completely respect and understand Danny Jimenez’s decision to return home and be with his ailing mother. It is moments such as these, that the reality of life and its inherent-fleeting nature, come to the fore.

    Indeed football is important to him, but he recognises that his family comes first. Some may not agree, but I believe this is a great testimony to the power of love. Although the opportunity to play in the CONCACAF Tournament may very well be a once-in-a-life time experience, the fact remains that he will only have one mother. If it were not for her, he would not be here. Football will always be in the cards, but the opportunity to share precious moments, with his mother, are finite.

    I respect and solute this young man, as his situation is not enviable, but I am resolute in saying that I believe he made the right decision.

    My prayers are with Danny Jimenez and his family, at this time.

  2. Miss D says:

    Proud of you.Take care of your mother you did good.

  3. D.B.D says:

    Bravo Danny, family and especially a mother comes first. God bless and hope everything works out fine..

  4. Leila Espat says:

    Just finished watching the BZE vs CTR game. They said Danny’s mom passed last night. May she Rest in Peace.

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