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Jul 16, 2013

Post game conference; Coach talks about shortfalls with Belize Jaguars

Immediately after the disappointing loss to Cuba, which dashed Team Belize’s hopes of qualifying to Round Two of the Gold Cup, Coach Ian Mork faced the media in the standard post-game press conference. Mork was subdued but still relatively positive as he looked not at the loss, but at what Team Belize will take away from the Gold Cup.

 

Ian Mork, Coach, Belize Jaguars

“I think this international experience is very important for our players to start to be in this environment more often. There were too many things that were new to us and I am not sure if the people back in Belize realized that when you are on an airplane and you go to a hotel and you have all these things going on. And then you get on another hotel and there is a lot going on for these kids, you know. And for us, I think it is about us becoming more mature and taking on a more of a professional mentally as a group and as an organization. And so I can say that the next time we are in this situation, I would expect us to be at a much higher level. So I think it’s a good learning experience in many ways.”

 

In this first round of the Gold Cup 2013, Team Belize faced three powerful opponents, losing six to one against U.S.A., holding its own against Costa Rica but giving them a free goal and then again losing four-nil today against Cuba. But while the final stats tell one story, there was another which was picked up by the international press – the many challenges faced by the Belize Jaguars before and during the CONCACAF tournament, including the glaring lack of state finances and resources pumped into the players who represented the country. According to Coach Mork, the country needs to do much better for its players at this level, and that means selecting players from a very young age and grooming them to do well in these major competitions.

 

William Neal

“Obviously this game and the performance of the team and yourself will be questioned very heavily. What do you say to critics at this point for both your tenure as coach and also moving forward in terms of Belize football?”

 

Ian Mork

Ian Mork

“Well, good question. I would say watch the tapes and watch them several times and start to understand that there’s different styles of play. And I feel like in Belize they are stuck on one way of playing the game and I think it is more than just playing defense. I think it is also some attacking principles that everyone needs to start to learn in Belize and that is something that I try to get across. So I can say that we started to possess the ball better, we started to create more chances and moving forward, ultimately we are going to ultimately start to score goals. In Belize, we don’t even have a U-structure in place and I think that is looked passed too much. We really need to get to work and we need to start to invest in the youth and we need to be more serious about different types of systems and different ways of playing. For myself, I’ve done my best with what I had. I think there’s a lot of things I could have done better, but I also think there’s a lot of things that the players could have done better. So again I think it is a learning experience for all of us. And in the future I would think that this would help Belize football and we will be at a higher level in the future.”

 

Coach Mork stated during the press conference that one of the problems which defeated our players was a lack of consistency…while they had moments of good play; they could not sustain it for long periods of time.

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4 Responses for “Post game conference; Coach talks about shortfalls with Belize Jaguars”

  1. rick says:

    Dont ever bring that coach again here in Belize. How the hell you put an american coach to play against his home team no way. Get some else and start from scatch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. SKEPTICAL says:

    There is no one person to blame here. It seems that getting team Belize to the tournament started off discumbobulated. From Coach Sherrier leaving, and Asst. Coach Slusher being fired, and to top it off the players issue with the contract. How we start is how we finish. Lesson learned. I personally think the players had a lot of issues on their mind and to perform to their utmost they did not need that extra pressure on them. As to FFB they should have gone the extra mile to at least place the players name on their jerseys. All the other teams had their names on their jerseys. Didn’t the FFB get the jerseys for free from Nike? Come on! The players deserved that and more. I would have been able to familiarize myself with the players and got to know them better. Onward and upward JAGUARS! You are still winners!

  3. SKEPTICAL says:

    There is no one person to blame here. It seems that getting team Belize to the tournament started off discumbobulated. From Coach Sherrier leaving, and Asst. Coach Slusher being fired, and to top it off the players issue with the contract. How we start is how we finish. Lesson learned. I personally think the players had a lot of issues on their mind and to perform to their utmost they did not need that extra pressure on them. As to FFB they should have gone the extra mile to at least place the players name on their jerseys. All the other teams had their names on their jerseys. Didn’t the FFB get the jerseys for free from Nike? Come on! The players deserved that and more. I would have been able to familiarize myself with the players and got to know them better. Onward and upward JAGUARS! You are still winners!

  4. GabeP says:

    Don’t you guys dare blame the coach solely for this team’s inept and atrocious performance.He was celebrating just as jubilant as we were when #7 Gaynair scored in the game against the U.S..I went to the game in Portland and watched the next two games on TV; I saw a Jaguars team that didn’t have a clue on how to generate any meaningful ball possession(a build up), much less goal scoring opportunities.The Jaguar’s players looked as if they were constantly over matched.They didn’t have any ball control;subsequently losing possession quite easily on almost every challenge they faced.The defensive back line was disjointed and dysfunctional;highlighted by #23 Pandy at left back.They were getting beaten quite easily on overlapping runs from any opposition lateral.The mid-field game management was non existent;both #10 Roches and #3 Lennen had a good view of the game as it passed them by.The forwards were average to below average;there were too many overlapping runs that should have received passes.And, quite frankly were completely missed by #6,#11 and #9 because they were too busy trying to get their shot off by dribbling by at least five defenders as if they were Lionel Messi.The goal keeping was their one bright spot.Woodrow West and Shane Orio did unbelievable work in goal despite their clueless defense in front of them;without their effort, the score in each game would have been doubled.The truth hurts,but it needs to be said on this occasion.I hope this is an eye-opening and learning experience for the Jaguars and Belizeans as a whole.I along with many Belizeans had hope that our team had finally become respectable;only to have our hope extinguished quite callously.The FFB has to do a lot better with respect to all year long training and promoting team merchandise.I couldn’t even find the Jaguar’s official team apparel to represent with at the game.The country has to support the Jaguars a lot more as well;they are the official football representative of Belize.People,the Jaguars were being compared to Tahiti at the recent Confederations Cup.

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