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Sep 5, 2011

Football Federation of Belize says stadium ready for showdown

The Football Federation of Belize (F.F.B.) has also been preparing for the Belize/Guatemala showdown. Even the Ministry of Sports is asking fans to root for the local boys. F.F.B.’s Senior Vice President, Bernaldino Pech, has travelled with the team and witnessed the win against Grenada. Pech says that the FIFA certified stadium in Belmopan is ready not just for the players but also for the fans.

Bernaldino Pech, Senior Vice President, F.F.B.

Bernaldino Pech

“An event of this magnitude is an affair that takes a lot of effort and organization in order to get it done and we have been working on it for several weeks now getting the stadium ready—ensuring that all bleacher;, that the pitch are in good conditions, ensuring that we have the appropriate security measure in place and at the end of the day it’s almost game time. We are in the countdown already and we are asking all Belizeans to come out and support our national team.”

Jose Sanchez

“What’s the capacity of the stadium?”

Bernaldino Pech

“Well for FIFA matches we need to have all fans with a seated. I know our Belizean culture is to crowd around the field, around the fence, but we can’t do that in this game because that’s not allowed by FIFA. So our capacity for this match is three thousand spectators and we know it’s a working day, but you know I’m sure that all those who want to will make an extra effort to attend. And we encourage businesses—as I understand some are already doing—in this month of patriotism to give their employees a time off or at least a half day off to go out and support our national team.  It’s an effort. We went to Grenada, circumstances were not all the best, but we managed to come away from Grenada with a three – nil victory so definitely the camp, the boys are in high spirits.”

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