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Sep 11, 2014

Belize Jaguars are Back Home

Belize’s national team, the Jaguars, returned to Belize this afternoon after a poor performance at the UNCAF COPA Centro Americana games held in the U.S. Of the three games played against Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, the Jaguars did not secure any wins and will not advance to the 2015 Gold Cup. Team members were clearly disappointed, but Coach Leroy Sherrier-Lewis was optimistic. News Five’s Isani Cayetano was at the P.G.I.A. when the team arrived.


Isani Cayetano, Reporting

Belize’s national football team, the Jaguars, returned from the United States today after participating in UNCAF’s Nations Cup.  Our performance during the outing was dismal, to say the least.  Of the games played against Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, respectively, the Jaguars lost all three matches, earning only one goal which was scored by champion striker Deon McCauley in the game against Guatemala last Wednesday.


Ian Gaynair shares his disappointment.


Ian Gaynair

Ian Gaynair, Midfielder, Belize Jaguars

“We play like forty-five percent outta wah hundred.  Ih come back to the same thing, like organize da back and da one ah di main reason why di whole team look so, noh only da back but di whole everything, you undastand.  I think if you noh well prepared fi dehn kinda thing, dis da di result and I think, yo we da di team weh belongs to come back home because we noh well prepared.  I tyaad ah di go and just go participate and haffu come back home as di tournament done, you know.”


While the team did not place in the tournament, Coach Leroy Sherrier-Lewis is confident that they performed well.


Leroy Sherrier-Lewis

Leroy Sherrier-Lewis, Coach, Belize Jaguars

“We started practice two weeks ago, I took over the team two weeks ago and what the last time was three months and what we did this time, the way we played football this time, in just two weeks I feel very good.  Just imagine if we had three or four months practicing.”



“Can you walk us through the first and the last games? The first game we took two own goals. What was your reaction to see that? I am very sure we lost by those two goals when you could have gotten a point; that must have hurt.”


Leroy Sherrier-Lewis

“I don’t want to point fingers, I don’t want to point fingers.  It hurts, but nobody tried to score a goal against [their own team] intentionally.”


For goal keeper Woodrow West echoes a similar sentiment.


Woodrow West

Woodrow West, Goal Keeper, Belize Jaguars

“We had about three weeks of training and the problem with coaching, we didn’t have a coach.  Our coach came in like one, two weeks before the tournament.  So I think that is where we failed to qualify in this tournament.”


Isani Cayetano

“How does one begin to explain the embarrassment in the first game where two auto-goals were scored against the Belizean goal keeper and those two auto-goals were what had the other team win that particular match?


Woodrow West

“It wasn’t an embarrassment; it happens in football…it happens on the highest level in the world. It was disappointing because if that didn’t happen, we could have at least get a point or so out of that game, you know. But that’s part of football and life continues.  We as footballers understand it and hopefully, I know that the guys didn’t intentionally want to do it. So I accept it and the other team mates accept it as well. It wasn’t an embarrassment. You felt bad, but not to that extent.”


Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

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3 Responses for “Belize Jaguars are Back Home”

  1. Louisville, Ky. says:

    In life, as in sports, like everything else, what you put in, is what you gonna get out. Each and every time! How could you put in just two weeks of workout and playing together and realistically expect to win against these football powerhouses of Central America?
    Look like we didn’t learn anything from Brasil’s embarrassment at the world cup. Because they were the host country, they did not have to play any qualifying matches and get the practice in, to gel as a team. It didn’t matter that they have some of the most skilled players at every position on the field.
    Germany administered a discipline the samba nation won’t ever forget and the rest as they say, is history.
    Now, if that can happen to mighty Brasil…..I think wi get weh, wid only two goals gainst wi, each game. For real!

  2. dats just gud says:

    even blind Jamesy and dumb Charlie knew that the Team was not prepared and three weeks was not enough preparation, but some idiot(s) still sent them and they went so are the consequences……..

    So why them bloody gone then???????…..wasting time and money………. wake up football supports and be real…….

  3. rod12 says:

    Belize got talent but the team is very biased. Most of the players from our team are from Belmopan and the south. Arent there no good players in the North?? Orange Walk? Corozal? the villages from the north? And another thing, respect to West! Dalton Eiley! Deon MaCauley! Evan Mariano! Daniel Jimenez!! BUT IAN GAYNAIR DOES NOT PLAY GOOD! HAS NOOOOOO CONTROL OVER THE BALL!!

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