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Jan 16, 2013

National selection heads to Costa Rica

Today the National “A” Selection Team left the jewel with an upbeat spirit en route to Costa Rica to participate in the Copa Central Americana tournament. The team is hoping to put off an A act when they play against three Central American power houses. The team is comprised of some familiar faces as well as new players who have been training for about four months. Carla Bradley has this report.


Carla Bradley, Reporting

The National “A’’ selection team comprising nineteen players arrived at the Phillip Goldson International Airport, and soon boarded the plane that would take them to what they hope will materialize in victory for Belize.  Ruperto Vicente, President of F.F.B., who is leading the delegation, sees the games as a great opportunity for the team.


Ruperto Vicente, F.F.B. President

“It is, it is a joy for me, a wonderful opportunity as well to be able to take our national team to the Copa Central Americana and to participate in a very prestigious tournament. For me it is an honor, it is not only because of taking the national team or the opportunity to participate but because we are taking a group of excited young men u know to compete against the other Central American teams.”


And while Vincente was full with optimism, the man who will lead the team on the field, team captain, Dalton Eiley Junior, says the team is well trained to take on competing teams.


Dalton Eiley Jr., Team Captain

“I think about three months, we are actually one of the teams that been preparing the longest. So we are expected to go there and do our best and do good and qualify. There’s four in our group so we have three teams, Costa Rica our first game which is the host nation and we are opening the tournament against them which will be one of the hardest games for us and after that we have Guatemala, which you knows is our rival so that will be a very good game and then Nicaragua after that.”


Team goal keeper Woodrow West, who was this year’s M.V.P. and has been sitting on the bench, will now have the opportunity to test his mettle.



Woodrow West, Team Goal Keeper

“Well here in Belize was a total different level that what I am going to confront in couple days coming but it’s give me a lot of hope a lot of strength because I try do my best every time here in Belize. The MVP and the award get me to be the national goal keeper for this tournament and I’m happy for that playing outside is a total different level and it’s another game setting for me so I’ve trained hard and hopefully I can get the job done.”


Belize will be facing off three major teams this weekend, Costa Rica on Friday Guatemala on Saturday, and it will take on Nicaragua on Sunday. Carla Bradley for News Five.


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1 Response for “National selection heads to Costa Rica”

  1. dat just gud fu dem says:

    stick to the game plan players, don’t loose your composures and get nervous…… then come back with excuses. Play hard just like you do when you play ur fellow Belizean players at home.

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