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Nov 9, 2011

St. Vincent in Belize for football match

You will see McCaulay in action again this Friday when Belize goes up against St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The Vincentian Team arrived this morning at the PGIA and headed up for practice at the MCC Grounds. Belize has won three games so far and even though the dreams to qualify for the World Cup have been dashed away, it has to play two more games. News Five’s Delahnie Bain caught up with the visiting team this morning.

Delahnie Bain, Reporting

The Saint Vincent and the Grenadines National Football team touched down at the PGIA this morning. Coach, Corwyn Rawe, says they’re a young team, but they will give Belize some tough competition.

Corwyn Rawe, Coach, St. Vincent & the Grenadines National Team

Corwyn Rawe

“We don’t know too much about Belize I think it should be close. It will be close either way I think. I think whoever does well on the day will win.”


“What is the relative strength of your team?”

Corwyn Rawe

“Well, we’re relatively young to be fair and so in the last few matches we’ve gotten stronger. So I think we’re quite good attacking wise but we’ll see. Things change in games and, like I said, we’re very, very young.”

According to Rawe, they have been performing well so far in the World Cup Qualifiers.

Corwyn Rawe

“We’ve done very well in both the games against Grenada; we drew in Grenada but we should have won easily. We beat them at home but Guatemala for some reason we just couldn’t live anywhere near them. They were far better and we have to hold our hands up that they were better than us.”

Delahnie Bain

“You’ve got a couple days before the game, what kind of preparation will you be doing while you’re here in Belize?”

Corwyn Rawe

“Yeah, we’ll be training this afternoon and obviously the day before the game we’re allowed to go to the national stadium and train at the same time as the match so we’ll be doing that. But in general, if we’re not organized now, it’s a waste of time. We’ll just do a few little things but nothing in particular.”

Cornelius Huggins

Cornelius Huggins, Asst. Coach, St. Vincent & the Grenadines National Team

“The last game was against Grenada, we played some friendlies against some local teams in our country. It was okay but I think we could have gotten an international team coming in so that the training could have been a little much more better. But still I’m confident we’re gonna do something on Friday.”

Cornelius Huggins is so confident, he’s already predicting a win for the St. Vincent team.

Cornelius Huggins

“Our team is young; most of the players are under twenty-three. I’m the most senior player and I’m the assistant coach of the team also.”

Jules Vasquez

“Have you all scouted the Belize team, have you all looked at tapes? What’s your experience with the Belize team and what do you hope to exploit?”

Cornelius Huggins

“Well we looked at some clippings on YouTube and we see some places where we can exploit.”

Jules Vasquez

“And if I ask you to make a game prediction, what would that prediction be?”

Cornelius Huggins

“Sure, we gonna win. Yeah, we gonna win.”

Deon McCauley

But team Belize has been hitting the field and training hard, even though it is not moving on to the next round of competitions.

Deon McCauley

“From last week they have called in camp and everybody show up and we deh out yah di train hard and try wi best because we noh win wah home game yet and I think that the players realize that and I hope that come Friday we come out with wah win fi di country itself.  I just want seh thanks to Channel Five and thanks to my family as well and just come support the team Friday and I hope I get more goals fi Belize.”

Delahnie Bain for News Five.

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