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Jul 17, 2013

FFB Exec talks about restructure

Marlon Kuylen

With zero points on three losses and no wins during round one, the Belize Jaguars earned the dubious distinction of being the team with the worst stats in the Gold Cup. The most attention the team got, from the international media at least, was because of the challenges it faced getting to the Gold Cup and the lack of resources and support. But do we keep sending teams to competitions like the Gold Cup when the results are too often forecast because of the cards the players have been dealt? That’s what we asked the F.F.B.’s Marlon Kuylen at the PGIA today.


Marlon Kuylen, Executive Member, FFB

“What happened is this is a whole other level we are at. The lots of travelling, the food we had nose bleeds because of the altitude, the thin air there were a lot of factors that affected us negatively.  Although we are very disappointed; every game the boys went out there confident; but all these factors played against us and in the end we couldn’t do better that what we did. In that last match when the coach approached the first team, many of them couldn’t make it they were just too tired, too fatigued. For instance Saturday after the match woth Costa Rica, they left everything on the field. We went to the hotel; we had a huge contingent there and we went to sleep late. We woke up early in the morning to travel, it was a four hour flight and it was just too much. Me as an executive, I was tired and I wasn’t even on the field so imagine for these guys. We sat around last night and we have some plans, we will need a lot of assistance; we need to change the way the league is run. We cannot compete on that level; it is ridiculous to think that we could go out there and compete with these guys because all they do is play football. We have to make those changes here. Are we ready to do it? Am not sure but we will try.”


Shane Orio, who is playing professionally with Honduras, also expressed disappointment on arrival at the P.G.I.A.  Orio acknowledged that the lack of resources seriously hampered the team from being able to perform at a professional level. So to wrap up, the Belize jaguars are out and moving on to the second round are Mexico, Honduras, Trinidad and Tobago, Panama, U.S.A., Cuba, Costa Rica and Salvador.


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1 Response for “FFB Exec talks about restructure”

  1. SKEPTICAL says:

    Well FFB you have two more years to get ready. Lesson Learned this time around. What will the excuse be next time? FFB should lobby those corporations getting rich off Belizeans to assist them and GOB should do their part as well. It is all about prioritizing. Excuses will get us no where. Belize is not a rich country but our neighbors, Salvador, Honduras, Cuba, are not either so we should do some research and find out how they are helping their national teams financially and how much money is set aside by their government. Jaguars did their best with what they had. They deserve all the respect from their countrymen.

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