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Dec 4, 2017

Ruperto Vicente’s Mixed Legacy

Marlon Kuylen

Doctor Bertie Chimilio’s infamous humbling in elections at the hands of Ruperto Vicente in 2012 was expected to usher in a golden generation for football in Belize. And while Belize did enjoy its only Gold Cup trip, best Central American Cup finish and improved World Cup rankings under Vicente, there remain questions about his handling of the Federation and its finances. The man who temporarily succeeded Vicente and was a member of his executive, Marlon Kuylen, pulled no punches in a frank assessment of Vicente’s tenure with the F.F.B.


Marlon Kuylen, Outgoing Acting President, F.F.B.

“It is obvious that when you are given the opportunity at the head of the Federation, that if you cannot unite even the executive, how you can unite even the associations? Mr. Vicente had his four years, he failed to complete his mandate as he would have wanted to, and unfortunately this is what happens in football or any other politics. I can’t really speak for him, but we weren’t confident that he was leading us in the direction that Belize needed to go, and therefore, then, we formed our slate and we ran against him.”

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