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Jan 9, 2013

Under-20 prepare for Central American Games

Cruz Gamez

On a more positive note, the Central American Games, 2013 are coming up in March and the Football Federation of Belize is preparing to take male and female Under-twenty national teams to compete. Some athletes were scouted in the recent selection process for the National A team and have been called to attend tryouts this weekend, but all football players age twenty and younger are invited to come out. Cruz Gamez, the F.F.B. Executive member with responsibility for youth football, female football and futsal, says it’s a great opportunity for young players to represent Belize.


Via Phone: Cruz Gamez, Executive Member, F.F.B.

“During the national selection A-Team tryouts held in all the districts throughout Belize, many players who met the required age for the Central American Games presented themselves for the tryouts. Therefore, the coaching staff, knowing the commitment that we have for the Central America Games this year, took the liberty to get the information from these players that they can now be called upon.”


Delahnie Bain

“So, we received quite a lengthy list; what’s the next step for the people that made this initial list?”


Via Phone: Cruz Gamez

“Okay, the tryouts this weekend, this Saturday is still an open tryout but I believe it’s about forty players that were called on that list provided. These were the players that presented themselves for the tryouts or players that have been participating in the Premier League or other tournaments being held by the F.F.B. affiliates in the districts. The tryouts are still open tryouts so whoever wants to participate who did not have the opportunity to participate in the tryouts in the districts can still present themselves at the F.F.B.   There the list will be cut down to, I believe it will be thirty and thereafter it will be cut down to the required amount that will travel.”


Delahnie Bain

“And it’s the same for the female selection?”


Via Phone: Cruz Gamez

“It will be the same for the female selection. The female selection will be participating in the same tournament, the Central American Games, which will be held in Costa starting the third to the sixteenth of March. It will be the same process. The same process was held for the females; there were tryouts in the districts and those names that have been provided are the names that presented themselves at the female tryouts and names that presented themselves at the female district tournaments. Again, it is an open tryout and whoever believes that they have the quality to be on the national selection, they can present themselves as well.”


The tryouts this weekend are on Saturday for males and Sunday for females at the F.F.B. Field in Belmopan, starting at eight a.m. on both days. Players must bring along their football gear as well as a passport that will be valid at least up to October, 2013.

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2 Responses for “Under-20 prepare for Central American Games”

  1. Emilio Montero says:

    I went to Sixth Form at Belize Technical College, long time ago, and since then I started to note the sad situation in Belize City, (POVERTY, transforming into hate), Years after, I then attended UCB, and was shocked to note that the situation had worsen. My theory formulated was that our leaders of the country were not doing the necessary activities/actions to improve the lives of Belize City residents. I saw it coming……Then I played football for several years with the ACROs’s Footabll club sponsored by Louis Leslie. I continued to note that matters were escalating for the worst….and now the situations has exploded…..By observing international news, within our own region and the rest of the world……I am of the opinion that a “Curfiew” is now necessary…..

  2. Storm says:

    I wish every young Belizean would love sports and learn sportsmanship, and maybe the whole society would be better. Thanks to the athletes and coaches for providing one bright spot in the news today.

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