Belize’s U-15 Male National Team is “kicking up dust” in the inaugural regional tournament, having won its first two matches over St. Lucia, 1-0, and Jamaica, 3-1. But against arch-nemesis Guatemala last night at Georgetown’s The Annex Stadium, we lost 1-0 on a 33rd minute goal by Francisco Spross Cifuentes. Belize remains in the hunt but we need a big result tomorrow against Grenada and for Jamaica to come up big against the Guatemalans. On Monday morning we spoke via telephone with Ruperto Vicente, President of the Football Federation of Belize, from Grand Cayman.
Ruperto Vicente – President of the Football Federation of Belize:
Last night was a very tough match for us. As you are aware, we are in one of the toughest groups in the Tournament, because we have Jamaica, Guatemala, Belize, Saint Lucia, and Grenada, five teams in our group. It’s not an easy group. We’ve played two of the top teams in the group already, which is Jamaica and Guatemala. The game last night was an excellent game. Our team played well. We missed many opportunities. We made a mistake, and the Guatemalans kept it alive from that, and scored the one and only goal against our team. Even though we were not satisfied with the results of the game, our players, I must say, played an excellent game and they played their hearts out.
On Saturday, we had spoken with several team players. Goalkeeper Wayne Cadle and goalscorers, Randy Augustine and Mark Samuels told us that they quickly got over their nerves and were determined not to let the country down. Augustine and matchwinner in the first game, Alvin Sifontes, have been named men of the match. A big scoreline is not out of the realm of possibility, as 90 goals have been scored in the tournament thus far and host Cayman Islands began with a 12 to nil shutout of Dutch dependency Sint Maarten. Belize’s highest goal tally at any level was a 7-0 nil national team shutout of Nicaragua in 2002. According to Vicente, the Federation is determined to keep the team together.