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Jul 24, 2013

Under 16 football team going to compete in Merida, Mexico

An under-sixteen football team from the west was on a friendly tournament in Merida last week and their performance caught the attention of organizers since they lost only one of the five days of games. As a result, the team has been invited to compete in another tournament in Merida. Twelve teams from five different states in Mexico along with the team from Belize will compete in the Copa Nacional Gladiadores Merida. Hope is behind the team as the main players were among those from the U-fifteen team that brought home the gold medal from Dominican Republic last November. The coach and the team say they are ready because they have been training for several months now.


Santi Valencia, Coach/Trainer, Director, Youth With A Mission

“It has been quite a journey. Most of the athletes and the guys we are taking have been in season in the competitions in different parts of the country and so forth and some from Belize City. Let me say that our club is exclusive Roaring Creek—Valencia Y-WAM FC is Roaring Creek—but we have seen the need to start launching out and bringing in the best to take out internationally. So we are tweaking the team a little in bringing in the support that we need. And so we are spending a lot of time and hours in training these guys; twice-a-day training since school is out.”


Dmitri Fabro

Dmitri Fabro, Center Mid-Fielder/Team Captain, U-16 Team

“All aspects of my team strong, but I think we defense and midfield dah fi we strength. But we have very good forwards and we strong in any position; even the bench strong so anybody could come fill in for anybody. So nobody dah one player ina this team; all ah we work together and we just try come up with wah win.”


Tarique Humes, Defense, U-16 Team

“We’ve been doing a lot of ball works, some running; just getting to know the team better.”


Tarique Humes

Duane Moody

“Tell us about some of the things you felt you needed to improved on and how this training you’ve been doing has helped you?”


Tarique Humes

“Well I wasn’t in shape. And the fact that we wake up every morning early, at least at seven o’clock; that gives me an influence to know that I have to eat proper, go to bed early and wake up and put in my full energy.”


Santi Valencia

Santi Valencia

“We’re trying to develop athletes especially football. Football is the world’s largest sport and we have been too long in the shadows as a nation and so we all need to make an effort to put out the best that Belize has. And that’s some of the efforts that we are doing and we are taking them outside of Belize and because Mexico won the Olympics in football that simply speaks volumes because that’s the world we are talking about. So the idea is to expose our boys internationally and gain some experience as we go along and win some games as we go along as well right.”


The team leaves at five on Thursday morning and returns on Sunday. But they are in need of funding the trip to Merida. So if anyone would like to assist, they can contact Valencia at 624-5686 or contact Daniel Fabro at 633-7575.

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