Deon McCauley arrived at the FFB headquarters in Belmopan as early as 8 o clock this morning, ready to start his first week of training with the Belize Jaguars. Earlier this year, the 26 year old forward ran into some issues with the FFB executive. Doubts of Deon’s health coupled with communication issues between Deon and the Federation resulted in the National Team playing its first game of the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers without their top scorer. After it was learnt that the Federation would not pay for Deon’s ticket back home due to international regulations, a group of Belizeans organized a campaign to raise funds and pay Deon’s flight back home. The campaign was successful and with this embarrassing episode behind, Deon McCauley got back into the grind today.
Emmanuel Pech – Plus T.V Reporter
“It’s your first day back in Belize practicing with the National Team. Tell me how do you feel and how has the team received you.”
“Well, everybody received me very good. Everyone glad that I finally deh inna camp. It’s my first practice. Right now, I’m just trying to meet the new players that I haven’t met yet and trying to get acquainted that I’ve already met.
And while Belizean football fans rejoice at seeing the top scorer back in action, McCauley says he is thinking long term and is already looking into opportunities to play football with clubs outside of Belize.
“We haven’t spoken to you since the whole situation began because you weren’t in Belize. Tell us, when you went back to the U.S, you went back with the intent of getting signed again. How did that work out?”
“What happen was … the transfer window is not open right now, so we are waiting for the transfer window to open. My agent is working very hard right now to situate me with a team. As soon as that can happen, I will be going back.
“In the meantime, are you glad to be back in Belize?”
“Of course. I am happy to be here and happy to be on the National Team again.”
“How about your health? Are you physically ready?”
“Well for all those who have doubts about my health, please come to practice. I’ll be here Mondays and Tuesdays and you can determine that. I am good… one hundred percent and ready.”
The Federation sent out a press release yesterday April 19th in which it formally welcomed Deon home and stated for the record that Deon has accepted the terms and conditions of the FFB/National Team Committee. As it relates to stipend for the star player, the federation said it is in line with the usual FFB policies that apply to all players. The press release ended by wishing Deon “all the best” during workout for the second leg of the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers. Belize plays it’s next match against the Dominican Republic on June 7th; 7 weeks from now.