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Nov 9, 2011

Deon McCauley, FIFA Global Top Striker

Deon McCaulay, his name should ring a bell.  He is the national team football player who made Belizeans proud and calmed the psyche of the nation when he scored the winning goals in the qualifying games of World Cup 2014. McCaulay has scored eight goals in six games against Montserrat, Grenada and Guatemala. While the footballer is familiar in the jewel, not much may be known of him internationally. But that is about to change as McCaulay is being recognized as the global top striker by FIFA. News Five’s Delahnie Bain caught up with him today in Belmopan.

Delahnie Bain, Reporting

The name Deon McCaulay is huge on the local football scene and in the qualifying matches for World Cup 2014, he has put Belize on the map scoring, the first hat trick of the season and a total of eight goals in six matches. After that feat, the name Deon McCaulay is known worldwide. He has earned major bragging rights since he was named the global top striker.

Deon McCaulay, Striker, Belize National Football Team

“It’s a great honor because, we as a small nation, nobody dah Belize ever yet get this acknowledgement fi be di top striker, not only eena di Caribbean Region, but eena di world. Fi me dah wah great honor.”

Getting to where he is today, has been a lifelong journey. McCaulay says he comes from a family of footballers and found his passion for the sport at a young age.

Deon McCaulay

“From I was growing up, my dad always—you know he is one of the best footballers, David McCaulay Senior—and he always pushed me to do my best from I was growing up lie five, six so I was getting to know the game. Trying and doing my best with my older brother and from there we just continue the trend and continue doing what we’re doing and getting involved in the sport more and more and more until this is the outcome. This is the fruit of all that hard work. What motivates me is my family, to see the environment that I grew up in and it was very hard for us. It still is hard even though this acknowledgement is great, life is still hard beyond football for me but you know my family motivates me and my friends; the people that are around me motivate me.”

Deon McCaulay

But as much as he loves football, McCaulay believes that the sport could be much bigger in Belize but there is a clear shortage of support and sponsorship for the athletes.

Deon McCaulay

“I would ah really want the people fi more get into it and acknowledge the players and mek we step up to another level because imagine if I was in another country and I was scoring so many goals, it would have been totally different. Everything would have been totally different for me and for the players of the national team but I’m in Belize so I have to settle for what’s here.”

Delahnie Bain

“I know that in some countries athletes are dedicated to just their sport because they have that support and that sponsorship. But in Belize, I know that’s not the case for most of our athletes. So outside of football, do you have a full time job or anything?”

Deon McCaulay

“Currently, I don’t have a full time job. This is what I do, this is my life. Everything for me is football, that’s the way how I make money, that’s the way how I live everyday and that’s the way how I keep going. It takes a lot to change what’s happening in Belize because like you ask me before, I noh have wah full time job. The players internationally, they only play football. Here in Belize, they go to work plus play ball and it’s like a hobby. So at the end of the day I would want more people involved, more people show the interest. The better running of football, everybody wants to see that but who wah step up, nobody knows and dat dah weh everybody di wait fa.”

While he waits for his ship to come in, McCaulay plans to keep working hard and hopefully take his football career to another level.

Deon McCaulay

“Hard work pays off because ever since this world Cup Qualifier started, I’ve been working very, very hard and as you can see, it’s paying off. I already have eight goals and we have two more games so at the end of the day, everybody eena di world need wah motivation and if you want mek something ah yourself yoh have to work hard fi it and I hope that the hard work weh I di put een right yah dah di national team, it pays off fi me and I get something better and succeed eena life.”

Delahnie Bain for News Five.

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12 Responses for “Deon McCauley, FIFA Global Top Striker”

  1. Gilda says:

    Your ship will not come in, not in Belize! Get out of there… You were here in Chicago, but what did you do when you were here? you played with a bunch of undesciplined so call ball players who are a bunch of waste of time.You have to market yourself, be aggressive, go to the university campuses and get to meet people who are involve with the sport that can help you, America is always looking for talent.. You have to get it done, Belize will not do it for you…

  2. KIKA says:

    life goes on Deon. I just hope that the team that played for our nation Team are stayed together because this is our first time playing for national world cup game. its not a shame you did show that Belize can be on top coming to sports. Your team shows motivation and excitement for our younger ones. It is important that young ones learn from sratch like your said from 5 to 6 years. you are really gud player and you are inspiring. Go on life hard out here and i believe that you will be hunted for what you are GOOD AT. A real top scorer is what many other country look for. yOu will soon represent us as a individual for our country Belize. I just hope the government look into the worl of sports for the young ones coming and since the government may give you guys hard time too. so there is someone to blame too that bring down and hurted you guys for not suporting in the first place. Good Job you at national team.

  3. . says:

    hey people, definitely Belize has talent but we need to foster it….first of all, it should start with the teams. I often go to games and see the LACK of discipline on behalf of the team….from coaches to the players. I hate to see players fighting with one another and sometimes even with their own team mates. Also, i hate to see the utter disrespect they have for the officials. Sadly, this does not happen only in football but also in other sports. This behavior seems to be the modus operandi. The few times I coach, i tell my players that the referees are part of the game and that you should adapt to the game. If you feel the ref is doing unfair calls, you cant make that get you out of your game…instead, here the players want to get all violent. A lesson for the players, sponsors will never support that kind of behavior. You lose fans when you play like that. Well, I hope we all help make a change for the better of the game(s).

  4. Bulba Martinez says:

    Deon, my heart bleeds for you my friend and I also know that prayers do change things. That much I can offer to you my God will answer your prayers for the hard work and love for our Country. I can agree with Gilda, but if everyone thinks that way, then who will represent our Country? Recognition is one thing my friend, but Self-preservation is also the first law of nature. Sad to say, but it’s a fact. I can’t see anywhere in the future that our Country will have anything to offer you my friend. “All a wi deh between di devil an di deep blue sea”, ask di PM. I don’t want to discourage you, but think about your own future and step up to the plate sooner than later. Good job and good luck to you. Keep working hard, you’re already a positive difference.

  5. futbol says:

    nice keep it up

  6. junito says:

    Well its hard to claim that prize while the qualifiers are still underway and so early in the stage but PROPS to this young man. Too bad Belize has been eliminated so early but perhaps he might get scouted by other international teams. Good job but you born in the wrong country. keep it up. Hopefully your efforts dont go unrecognized

  7. belizeanpride says:

    can your buddies playing in Honduras set you up in a team there bro, it might work out good for your career than waiting here. you might need to showcase your talent outside the jewel. this FIFA
    recognition should boost your chances of joining a team internationally. all you might need is an agent bro. keep trying.

  8. CEO says:

    Instead of slashing cane fields the PM should make sure tallents like these are developed and that athletics get the necessary support so they can become truely professionals and bring life to the underprivilaged.

    This is always true: a country’s best athletes come from the poorest of the society and many times this is how they pull themselves up.

    Where is the minister of sports in all this?

  9. tion says:

    deon can go play in mexico and make his dream come ture cause no have life for football keep it up deon may god bless

  10. louisville,ky says:

    Deon, I no even know you but, Ah proud ah yu. I may have seen your Dad play once or twice back in the mid to late 90′s. However, the fact that you are a Belizean is all that matters to me. Keep your head up ( you must have, to see how to score all those goals) stay focused and disciplined and who knows, one of those scouts that are always present at international matches may come calling.
    It is truely sad to see all the raw tallent the Jewel possess, just go by the wayside. The people that can make a difference , just could’nt care any less.

  11. citizen #2 says:

    I’ve always known Belize have good athletes, but there is no support for them. I remember way back when we had teams like B.E.C, Brodies, Independence and Landivar, all of these teams had quality ball players, but that was as far as it goes. None of them went any further because Belize do not support or incourage talent. Even in the arts, we had wonderful singers back in the 60′s, only now I see singers are being recognized much more than ever. Look at Jamaica their music was always in the spotlight, the reason I think for that is because that was all they did to perfect their craft. In Belize you have to work and then in the evening practice your game. That was hard on our athletes, in other countries that is their job.

  12. Dennis Requena says:

    Proud of you mein! You make Belize proud and I thrust that one day our government will make sport and music a priority for the country and that people are reawarded for the talent that they have. Keep up the good work and you never know what is there for you!

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