Belize’s national football team is preparing for a tough outing in July’s CONCACAF Gold Cup in the United States, playing in Group C against the host nation as well as Costa Rica and Cuba. They will play Trinidad and Tobago, former World Cup finalists and eight-time Caribbean champions on Saturday in Belize City in a friendly match. On their last visit here which was the first time the two countries faced each other, the Warriors and Jaguars played out a scoreless draw in Belmopan. Co-national team coach Hutson Charles says his country is also in transition and this match is an opportunity to find their footing.
Hutson Charles – Coach, “Soca Warriors”:
Well, actually just like Belize, we still try take our foot into right arm. I think we have some young guys. What we’re trying to do is blend them in with the more experience guys.
Current team captain Densill Theobald played in the World Cup but says he and his fellow Warriors will not take Belize lightly:
Denzil Theobald – Captain, “Soca Warriors”:
Every game we go to represent our country, we go to win and it’s a part of preparations for the Gold Cup, which is the ideal goal we have in mind, to go there and do well.
Each game we play in we try to assemble the best possible squad of local based and foreign based, to join together, to keep the preparations going, and most importantly to build confidence. And you only build confidence by winning matches and playing matches as well.
We have some players from England, we have some players from the MLS; we also have players from other parts of Europe as well, joining together with the base goal, from Trinidad and Tobago that plays in the professional league of Trinidad.
The match takes place at 4:00 p.m. in Belize City at the MCC Grounds with a return scheduled for later this year. Tickets are $15 at the gate..