The U-16 Belize football selection, the Baby Jaguars, made a name for themselves at last year’s UNCAF U-16 Championship as they held their own against some of the top countries in the region. Now is the time for the under 20 Jaguars to show what they’ve got at the U-20 UNCAF qualifiers which is to be held in El Salvador from July 17 – 29. We spoke to their coach before they flew to El Salvador on Monday. Edmond Pandy Sr. says he is confident in his team.
“We’ll be facing the other Central American football teams, the other six nations within this region, namely Honduras, Guatemala, San Salvador, Panama, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua. We haven’t done any research, any scouting per se, on the quality of teams of our opponents. We have been preparing to the best of our ability. I feel like the guys are prepared to face the competition, whatever types of players or whatever competition we meet, we should be prepared to give account of ourselves.”
We spoke to some of the guys who seemed more than excited to be representing their country in this year’s U-20 qualifiers.
“We are like brothers now. First we used to fight and things, but now we get together and talk to each other. Now we get to know everybody on the team. It’s the first time for me, and I’m going to do my best to represent my country and PG!
“I’m proud to be on the U20 selection, because I’m representing my city I came from, and it’s only two of us. So I’m very proud. I as a player, I’m very confident in my team. I love the players I am around, feel well, very relaxed with everyone, love the vibes and everything. So I feel very confident in my team”
“This is my first time being selected as a National team player. I feel good and excited about the experience, because a lot of my friend came to try out and they didn’t make it, but I will do my best to make them proud of me, and make my country and my village proud.”
“I feel overwhelmed with my team that I have, because we work together so hard, and with that we can accomplished the goal that we are going to achieve out there. We are going out there with one mission, and to win and make our country proud. With that I’ll make myself very dedicated to my players and to my team, and I’ll push all I have, just to make my country be recognized out there.”
Belize’s first match up is against the host country of El Salvador, which will be played on Thursday 7 pm.