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Oct 21, 2021

Under 17 Female Footballers Prep for Match Against Barbados

The under-seventeen female football national team is preparing to go up against Barbados in the 2021 Women’s Under 17 Championship. The Belize team lost in a three-to-one final score against Curacao on Wednesday. But, that has not stopped them from being optimistic about tomorrow’s game and learning from their errors in game one. We got to hear from a couple of the players and their coaching staff today, courtesy the Football Federation of Belize.


Jaleeny Belisle

Jaleeny  Belisle, Player

“I think it’s just nervousness that all the players had. It is most of them first time. To me I just play with my heart. I nuh fraid fuh none a deh. I just do weh I have to do, help my team and put my part. But, I know we could win against Barbados once we put our mind to it and hungry for this game. I think we could do well this time.”


Lorraine Cal

Lorraine Cal, Player

“I feel very positive now, because after yesterday’s game we realize that nervousness is normal. We learn from our mistakes and heading into the game we will try our best to execute, because we want to make Belize proud. We want to prove that females in Belize do have talent.”



Iris Centeno

Iris Centeno, Head Coach

“We have already spoken to the ladies. We looked into the mistake of what happened yesterday. We are ensuring that we fix that for next game. The girls are already prepared. They metalized that tomorrow they are going to give their best to ensure that we get a win for the country. The girls are already positive and they understand that they need to forget about what happened yesterday, because now we need to focus on tomorrow’s game.”


Phillip Marin

Phillip Marin, Club Official

“Ninety-eight percent of the players are healthy. A few of them have cramps from yesterday. The physiotherapist is already treating them, so they are fully recovering. For tomorrow, we are planning to do, this morning we work on our finishing. So, we are planning to do a lot of attacking tomorrow. We are going into the game focused on attacking, to ensure that the, our forwards can finish for tomorrow’s game. We just have to stay on our game plan, which is to be disciplined in defense, and to ensure that we are, that the players are making the right passes and finishing. Once our attackers can finish and we are disciplined in defense, we can win the game.”

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