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Apr 30, 2013

National football team has new coach and attention of FOX Sports

The Football Federation of Belize had some success with Costa Rican Coach Leroy Sherrier. But Sherrier left the country and the team amidst plans for the upcoming Gold Cup Games to be played in July in the United States. That left hopefuls for the team and the F.F.B. scrambling to find a suitable replacement. Today, News Five headed to the F.F.B. pitch in Belmopan and found a new coach, Andrew Mork and a team from FOX Sports dutifully following the team’s progress. News Five Jose Sanchez reports.


Jose Sanchez

In the sweltering heat, hopefuls for the Belize National Football Team are training at the F.F.B. stadium under the watchful eye of a new National Coach, Ian Andrew Mork. Mork had coached in the semi-pro league and had also served as FFB’s technical director over the past five years. Familiarity may help the transition from former coach Sherrier Lewis to Andrew Mork.


Ian Andrew Mork, Coach, Belize National Selection

Ian Andrew Mork

“I think I have a good relationship with the players and they understand my coaching style. So I think that is a positive because I’ve worked with a lot of them before. But we are still at the beginning stages so we have a lot of work to do; just getting started. We are mainly in the selection process. We need to send a roaster of names for the Gold Cup of thirty-five players. So we are mainly focused on that and in the following weeks we will start to fine tune the actual team and the starting group that is going to play in that game.”


The team from the tiny nation of Belize which has less than four hundred thousand inhabitants has attracted international attention from Fox Sports.


Nick Waggoner, Director of Sports, FOX Sports

“I run around the world filming sports: American football, baseball, football; all sorts of sports for Fox. We do nascar racing and we basically try to go in and do profiles on athletes and teams and countries and try to capture the culture and the stories behind these people that love their sport.”


Performances in Trinidad and Costa Rica by players will not be forgotten, but there is a selection process for the team.


Ian Andrew Mork

“Well of course the players who have been doing well up to this point; I am not here to make any drastic changes. The last coaching staff and the last head coach, I think they did an amazing job. It is really a team right now and there is good team unity. I think that we just might have to have in mind that we might have to do some different things tactically once we are playing against the likes of the USA and in the Gold Cup. So I am just here to be a positive influence on what is already going on here.”


Nick Waggoner

Nick Waggoner

“There are such great stories in Belize. I think that it is such an underdog story of people that have to make a lot of sacrifices to play the sport that they love. They are not getting picked up in limousines and getting driven to games or taking the bus. They have to work three or four days a week to support the sport that they want to play on the national team and that’s not a traditional way to play. So I think that it is really about the love of the game and these people who are really genuine characters who have a lot of personality and they are doing it for other reasons other than just money and that is really refreshing.”


But before Gold Cup there are other games; in May, Belize plays against a team from Peten, Guatemala.


Ian Andrew Mork

“It’s May twenty-ninth, Heredia. I know a little bit about them. It is important for us to get some very competitive matches in before we go to the Goal Cup. We’re looking at that as maybe a game to try out some of the players that are still trying to make the final selection. That’s more of that type of game and that level is something that we would use for that. And then we are planning to play much stronger opponents, especially national teams leading up to June, but were still trying to finalize those games.”


Reporting for News Five, Jose Sanchez.

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6 Responses for “National football team has new coach and attention of FOX Sports”

  1. Storm says:

    I am liking what I see and hear so far with the new coach, and liking how international television is beginning to take notice of our football heroes.

    This new era in Belizean football is very exciting!

  2. x_cop says:

    Time for Belize to shine.

  3. Louisville,Ky says:

    I won’t wish the national team any luck because I don’t believe Lady luck has anything to do with the success of organized sports. On the other hand I am utterly convinced if you prepare well and come game day you execute, the only way you will not be victorious is if the other team proved to be better than yours
    By the way, I am not impressed with the height and size of our boys. Do you see the size of most of these international players, guys like Tzlan Ibrahimovic or Torre Yaya? Mein, our puny boys would melt like ‘butter gainst sun’ and would not stand a chance with opponents of that size, irrespective of our skills.
    What happened to our taller athletes, are they now only into basketball and volleyball? Back in the day I recall we had some serious 6ft plus ballers like Turo Roches, Locario (Malanga) Mayen, Buck Palacio, Dean (Sarge) Lewis, Orin (Koko) Orio, the wicked Guitterez boys Tash and Chuck, Mike (Lasio) Martinez, Calde, just to name a few.
    And don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that all of our star players must be over six feet tall but, experience has taught me that a GOOD big player will dominate and excel over a GOOD small player of equal skills and abilities, every day, all day long. Period.
    What I am trying to say is, we need taller and bigger football players if we are to take this game to the next level in the Jewel. Cause dehn bredda outta road yah, dehn well put together, Oh!

  4. Neville says:

    The smaller our players’ size, the bigger their glory when they win.

  5. dat just gud fu dem says:

    I thought we already have a National Team in place; why not use the same players that put us on the map recently…… so why the hell is this Coach re-selecting players especially when the games are months away…….if his resume is credible, then work with what you have and make the best out of it………..because if Belize’s looses under his coaching, his first cry will be that he had little time to work with the team and for the players to know each other, which will be BULL…….just another Ponchos Pilot…..

  6. Louisville, Ky. says:

    @ Neville, lets keep it all the way authentic and not be fooling ourselves. We can’t even handle our short crutch paisanos on the central american isthmus. When do you thing we will be glorified with victory over those European giants? WHEN??

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