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Oct 22, 2021

Belize Wins Against Barbados in CONCACAF U17 Women’s Tournament

There’s good news coming out of Florida today for the under-seventeen female national team who went on to beat the national team from Barbados two to one in the CONCACAF U-Seventeen Women’s Tournament. Earlier this week, the team lost to Curacao; they regrouped and today, with renewed motivation, the team won. Team captain Khalydia Velasquez, who scored both goals for Belize, as well as goalkeeper Jaleeny Belisle spoke about the win.


Khalydia Velasquez

Khalydia Velasquez, Captain Team Belize

“I feel good about it because we win.”



“You were down one-nil in the first half. What did the coaching staff tell you going into the second half of this game?”


Khalydia Velasquez

“To work hard and play as a team.”



“You dah di captain of the team, tell us how you feel getting those two goals.”


Khalydia Velasquez

“I feel good about it to make my country proud and we made victory.”


Jaleeny Belisle

Jaleeny Belisle, Goalkeeper, Team Belize

“When I see the ball di come I say I need fi ketch this cause I see ih done mi di drop way dah top like close fi the pole and I just tip it and ih knock on the bar and drop on the ground. It nearly gone in, but I hurry had to hold it sir.”



“That was an excellent save and you showed up. Tell us how you think the rest of your players played today.”


Jaleeny Belisle

“Sir well this game yah gone better than the first game. None of them neva nervous, they come out hard and dehn mi really want this and by the last minute, Khalydia made the goal. Khalydia dah the real goat – like she. Sir that dah mi wah good game, everybody put their part and everybody play good and we make Belize proud.”


Iris Centeno, Head Coach

Iris Centeno, Head Coach, U17 Female Football National Team

“Coming into the second game, we focused on going out there to win. I told the girls and we discussed as a team that we had to forget what happened in the first game and we had to go out there and prove to the country that we had talent and that we’ve been working hard and that we can move forward with the team. We wanted Belize to see that that loss didn’t determine our future.”

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