The Football Federation of Belize, FFB, is turning to the public and Government for assistance going in to the third round of the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers. After spending close to $500 thousand dollars solely from FFB accounts, according to Ruperto Vicente, the federation is pretty much broke.
“If you remember in my first press conference with the National Team, I said that as a federation, we will be able to finance this team up to the second round. After the second round, we will have to depend on the public and the government to support our National Team. The federation cannot do this alone. We do not have the finances to carry on this burden. It is pretty expensive. Just this morning, I was looking at the finances on the amount of money that has already been spent on the National Team. The Cayeman series alone cost us $200,071.. I have not gotten the total figures for the Dominican Republic series but I am sure it’s over $200,000 as well. This is already costing us close to $500,000.”
Minister of Government, Hon. John Saldivar is the Team Coordinator for the National Team. So from Government’s end, Vicente says it looks very hopeful that they will be pitching in to see the third round of this tournament through.
“Well certainly, I met with Minister Saldivar yesterday and we discussed the issue of financing. We are having a meeting today where a budget for the third round is going to be made. Once that budget is made, we will be presenting it to the government and the public. I know the Prime Minister has been very good to us that once we advance, there will be some assistance from the government.”
According to executive members of the federation, the final budget for the third round of the Qualifiers cannot be calculated until we know who we are playing against. However that will not be known until draft day set for July 25th.