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Apr 17, 2015

Deon McCauley Returns Home to the Jaguars

Belize’s star striker Deon McCauley is back in the Jewel.  As we reported on Thursday, a petition to return McCauley, in time for the Jaguars to prepare for the second round of World Cup qualifying competition, had been spearheaded earlier this week by a dedicated group of football fans.  They simply wanted to see the striker take the field along with the national team when it faces the Dominican Republic in June.  No sooner had the pledge gotten underway than the five thousand dollar quota was met.  This afternoon, McCauley arrived at the Phillip Goldson International Airport where he was met by organizers of the initiative.  Ironically, he disembarked the same flight on which FFB President Ruperto Vicente boarded in Miami earlier today.  And, if you were thinking that there would be any bad blood between the star athlete and his national team boss after all that has been said in the media, you were mistaken.  According to McCauley, there is no ill feeling.  He’s just happy to be back and grateful for the effort made to have him represent the country once again.


Deon McCauley, Striker, Belize Jaguars

“It’s very overwhelming, you know, it’s greatly appreciated by me because the people of this country are great people, you know, and they stand up for what is right and I thank them very much for everything they have done for me.  I thank the general population of Belize, you know, for the donations, for everything that they have done, you know, and it makes me feel good to know that the people appreciate me and appreciate the things that I do.  And I’m ready to work and ready to do what I do.”


Isani Cayetano

“Has this been somewhat of a humbling experience for you seeing as though there’s been quite some back and forth over your status and your eligibility to play in the first round and seeing that now the people have come to your rescue basically?”


Deon McCauley

Deon McCauley

“Well, not really.  I don’t feel any pressure, I don’t feel no kind of way about anything.  Like I said I am here to work.”


Isani Cayetano

“In terms of expectations, I know that to whom much is given, much is expected.  The guys have gone out of their way to get you here, in terms of what we can expect from you now on the football pitch.”


Deon McCauley

“Well, expect the same from me.  I always represent to the best of my ability.  Like I said before, my resume speaks for itself.  I have scored seventeen international goals for this country, nobody has ever reached that and might never reach that, you know, and I feel good that the people of Belize appreciate me for what I do, you know, and I look forward to just doing my best as usual and making everybody proud in this country, you know, and that’s me.  That’s what I do.”


Isani Cayetano

“Is there any animosity or bad blood over what has taken place over the past three weeks, going forward?”


Deon McCauley

“No animosity in respect to me because at the end of the day I am here to work and that’s the bottom line.  I am not here to make friends with anybody or to bring any bad blood to the team.  I am here to help the team and I know that, you know, the guys will be excited to see me out there training with them, you know, and building the team so that we can move forward and do what we do and try to make it to the next round.”

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1 Response for “Deon McCauley Returns Home to the Jaguars”

  1. Keep it real says:

    This is sad. I think there are so much more important situations ,that deserve a fund raising. People need to get their priority straight. It’s not like Deon is going to take Belize to the World Cup any way.As for football ,he is Belize best ,but the best was not good enough to make a second division team in the U.S. He sat on the bench most of the time for the Silverbacks . If he is as good as Belize label him ,he would have got picked up by an MLS team or some other pro team. Look at his performance in the Gold Cup ,when he met the big boys ? If Belize truely wants to be competetive on the big leve ,then have a development program that will make footballers into Pro players. The team gets expose to it’s limitation when they compete with pro teams.All we get is same BS from the federation when big matches comes up ,and the same amateur performance.

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