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Aug 14, 2015

Belize Jaguars Training for Canada Match

Charlie Slusher

Talking about the Belize Jaguars…it’s been a while since we’ve heard about the team and their preparations for the third qualifying round of the World Cup 2018 Games. Late July, it was announced that Belize will be facing off with the Canadian national team. Those games will be played on the fourth of September in Canada and four days later, on the eighth, a return match at the F.F.B. Stadium in Belmopan. The Jaguars have been in camp training since June and have been perfecting its strategy, while monitoring the technique of its new opponent. Assistant Coach, Charlie Slusher spoke to News Five today about the training process and preparing for the September games.


Charlie Slusher, Asst. Coach, Belize Jaguars

“We have laid down a good foundation when it comes to the amount of preparation. Now we are about to be close to what we call crunch time. So the next two to three weeks is total concentration and even if the guys were not serious and were holding back, this is not the time for it. Now we are in game mode in the sense that everything we do from now until then is working on our strategy; more or less how we will be playing the away game in Canada. So we already started to work our system in how we will approach that game in Canada because it is different playing away than home.”



“Are you confident that you will be able to defeat an elite team such as Canada?”


Charlie Slusher

“What I can say is that we have confidence in our team; that is the most important that. Like I have been saying, we have a fighting chance to advance and I say fighting meaning that as long as we go out there and give our best… and I think with the preparation that we have been doing, we have a great, great chance to advance.”


Duane Moody

“I know you spoke about developing a strategy, but is there anything that looking at their games, is there anything that the national team is going to do to match what they are doing?”


Charlie Slusher

“First of all, we have to work on our strength and try to maintain that because we cannot change the way we play football or what have brought us the success. As you said, it is very important to watch those guys and we have been doing that and that is how we are strategizing. What we know is that they are very big, they play a lot of long ball; so height they might have an advantage over us. So we have to work a lot on the air balls and how to defend the balls on the back, corner kicks and a lot of dead balls situations. So like I said, we have been watching games of them and we have been strategizing basically from what we have been seeing. Definitely our strength is basically speed; we are not a ticky tacky type of team when it comes to those quite of quality. We are a counter attacking team so we gotta continue use that. And that’s is what we have been practicing and how we can work on our strengths. We cannot divert from Belizean football and our qualities; we are not gonna fool ourselves. So we are going to continue to work on the things that have given us the greatest success.”

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1 Response for “Belize Jaguars Training for Canada Match”

  1. B Benson says:

    Where in Canada are you coming to play ???

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