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Sep 7, 2015

F.F.B. Executive Says Feeding Program for Jaguars was Deficient

Marlon Kuylen

Quite apart from facing a very formidable Canadian team on Tuesday, the Jaguars have been having other problems. The players are housed and fed at the F.F.B. headquarters in Belmopan, but reports have surfaced indicating that these men who represent our nation on the football field are being cheated in the kitchen – sustained on a diet of ‘long-wata’ beans, half a slice of cheese and two slices of bread after gruelling workouts. Today, F.F.B. executive member Marlon Kuylen confirmed those disturbing reports for News Five. 


Marlon Kuylen, Executive Member, F.F.B.

“I saw the picture this morning on Facebook. Actually, two weeks ago or three weeks ago, we had a committee meeting and when I got to the federation, the players came to me and complained about the food they were getting. And so I wasn’t aware so when we went into the meeting, I made sure I brought it up and unfortunately, I couldn’t get a straight answer. And I complained because I said if this is true, this is nonsense because we are working so hard in the background – I mean you don’t understand the amount of work we put into this – to make these players comfortable. And if you have big men out there, working as hard as they are, and trying to accomplish something that the country has never seen before, then this is nonsense. I could not get a straight answer so after the meeting I went to the kitchen and I was surprised this morning that that picture you saw was actually my picture. I took that picture and we had a chat group for the committee and I sent that picture to the committee and I said this is exactly what we are talking about. This is nonsense and something has to be done so we need to rectify this, immediately, which has been done. But this picture is an old picture. Unfortunately, it did happen, but we rectified the situation since then.”


Mike Rudon

“What was the problem? Was it a problem with financing?”


Marlon Kuylen

“No, I believe that it is just people who were supposed to be looking after thee things weren’t doing their jobs. You see what a lot of people don’t understand too is that we are not in a situation financially where we can hire people full-time to do these things; we rely a lot on volunteerism. And when somebody is volunteering their time; while yes they have to be accountable for their role, it is difficult for us to police it or to fire somebody for not doing their job, because they are volunteering. So until we can get to a level where we could actually pay people full-time to be team managers and things like this, then these kinds of things happen. But in the future and especially if we go past this round—which we believe we can do—there’s a lot that we will need to get done so that we can be at a real professional level.”

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