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Mar 7, 2013

Charlie Slusher now interim national football team coach

Ruperto Vicente

When Coach Leroy Sherrier-Lewis departed on Wednesday, he left behind a letter for F.F.B. President Ruperto Vicente. That letter was mostly warm wishes directed toward Vicente and the national team, but Sherrier-Lewis does state that he had lost motivation since last year, so didn’t want to coach the team in that frame of mind. And in that letter he also took a subtle jab at the National Team Committee, stating that some members were involved for the wrong reasons. But maybe the most important item in that letter was a recommendation that Charles Slusher be named as interim coach to take the team to the Gold Cup.


Ruperto Vicente, President, F.F.B.

“We will continue the process of our national program and our national team; we are going to continue with it. And we are going to continue our national team program for the next couple weeks with our national Belizeans coaches.  As an executive up to late last night, we were in meetings and we have agreed that until we identify and international coach we will continue the process and for continuity sake, we are going to keep Mister Charlie Slusher as our coach, assisted by Mister Julio Santos and Mister Kent Gabourel.”


Charles Slusher

Charles Slusher, Interim Coach

“It was a wise choice that the president made. Like he mentioned, the continuity in the sense that we don’t want to start the program from scratch because I think that is the biggest fear that the football public has; that we reach a stage and then we are starting all over from A again. And I believe that by keeping me around, I know the team very well, I know the players; I know some of the downfalls that we have and need to work on. We discussed it even when the coach was here. We know the holes that we need to patch and I think that by having me around, I can work with anyone and to keep that going and just be better. We had to put a team together, now the coach kinda left a finished product—you already have the cake now; it is just to put the icing on it and that will be my kinda contribution or my aim with working with any coach that comes.”


After retiring from football last year as one of the nation’s best goalkeepers, Slusher served as assistant coach for the Belize Jaguars. 

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2 Responses for “Charlie Slusher now interim national football team coach”

  1. junito says:

    OK this is critical. FFB needs to quickly find a well qualified international coach. Charlie Slusher is just an apprentice and as much as he spent time with the team he does not know how to coach in the big leagues. Im sure FFB can find a well qualified coach soon

  2. Elgintinez says:

    Belizeans need to start thinking out of the box .Get out of the self serving attitude my people.

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