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Jul 17, 2013

Post-Cuba game wrap up with Shane Orio

There are reliable reports coming out of Hartford, Connecticut that things got a little heated in the locker room after Cuba defeated Belize four zero because emotions were running high. And even as the players got on the bus back to the hotel after the game, the disappointment in the outcome of the game was written all over their faces. News Five’s William Neal got a post-game reaction from some of them.


Shane Orio, Goalkeeper, Belize National Football Team

“I think it would be unfair to just assess today’s game. I think we need to look at the tournament in general the mistakes we made and I think our biggest mistake was not to play as much practice match with competitive teams. We need to prepare much better we came out here we learnt our lesson, pretty hard way to learn our lesson. But again we need to move on and again thanks to all of the support of the Belizean in Belize and to all Belizean abroad. The reality is this; Belize is the only team in this tournament that most of our players are not professional; so we are playing against professional players highly qualified and at the end of the day you will learn your lesson. But that doesn’t mean we cannot compete, we can compete but to compete with teams like U.S.A. and Costa Rica back to back  and then play a Cuba with all the physical problems we had it is difficult. So at the end of the day our preparation needs to be at the highest level, when you are out here we are playing against I mean we are playing against guys like Donavan. This is what they do, on our team we have what two players that are playing internationally, we need to go back tour drawing boards and we need to get our payers out of Belize to play more international games and to get more experience. I think collectively it is difficult and then you generalize. Each player goes back to Belize with a different concept; presently right now we know what we have to work on but most of the times when we go back home we don’t work on it because we are not in a professional atmosphere. That works against us, the good thing that we know what works against us, and we just have to work towards bettering those stuff and just making Belize a better environment football wise. I mean we need to invest more in our youths; you go around the world they have football schools, you have football camp; I mean in Belize we have camps but not at the level that is needed so that the young people could better themselves. I would like to thank everyone, the company that gave twenty-five thousand to the little kid that gave a dollar and most of all to those that could not give we know that their hearts were with us. I mean it is very nice and warm felt to see all the Belizeans supporting us in Connecticut today and again we continue having faith and hope and pray that we have process that will bring us back here. At the end of the day it is a trip and I think that the scores are important but I think we have learnt a lot from this tournament. Again everything boils back down to professional. In Honduras we usually play Sunday Wednesday Sunday that’s three games in one week but In Belize we are not accustomed to. In the Nation’s Cup we were able to do a good job collectively but we cannot wait another four years or five years for this to come up we need to do this on a consistent base. And the most important thing is to try to make our players as professional as possible.” 

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