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Jun 18, 2015

More Works Underway on F.F.B. Football Pitch

The football pitch at F.F.B. headquarters in Belmopan has been an unending source of frustration for national team players and executive members. But not anymore. If you watched the home game between Belize and the Dominican Republic you must have noticed the condition of the field. After months of disappointments and many thousands of dollars, Belize can finally boast a FIFA certified, perfectly professional football pitch. But as good as it looks, there’s still more to be done. Following the game last week, the F.F.B. identified some minor problems and by Tuesday, those were being rectified.


Ruperto Vicente, President, Football Federation of Belize

“We’ve already started work on the field. You will notice that during the game against Dominican Republic that certain areas had water settling on it. So that’s what we are working on now and then there were some uneven areas, especially where the drainage system was placed and that has sunk a little bit. So we will have to pick that up, fill it up and then lay back the grass. So we are not going to be planting any grass. We are going to be picking up the grass; we will take up the grass, fill the area and lay it back.”



“So Mister Chanona did come in two days ago and started working on that to finish it in one week?”


Ruperto Vicente

Ruperto Vicente

“Mister Chanona started working on the field yesterday and even now there are some men working on the field and so we should have our field ready by the end of next week.”



“When are the Champions League games starting?”


Ruperto Vicente

“The Champions League is scheduled to start in the first week of august. So definitely it will be finished by then. And even the lights, the company that placed the lights for us were here for the inspection and so they made all the necessary corrections. As you know these lights have to be adjusted very often because the breeze would shift them. It is not gonna cost the federation anything at this point because the company has to give a two year guarantee for the work so the F.F.B. would call them and they come in and fix.”


The F.F.B. has retained businessman, Anthony Chanona, to deal with the maintenance of the pitch.

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