On Saturday, PLUS News caught up with President of the Football Federation of Belize (FFB), Ruperto Vicente, in Belize City.
Belize’s Jaguars crashed out of the recent Copa Centroamericana played in the United States, unable to get a win against either of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. The players returned home with little fanfare and there was silence from the Federation.
Ruperto Vicente broke that silence and spoke to us about perceptions of Belize on the regional footballing stage.
The Jaguars were in camp for only three weeks with coach Leroy Sherrier Lewis of Costa Rica, hired on short notice after the departure of a Mexican who had expressed interest in the post but failed to stay on. For three weeks before that they worked out with a personal trainer.
So what is the future of Leroy Lewis as head coach of the team, since he has had his differences of opinion with the Federation in the past? Ruperto Vicente says he personally has no problem working with the Costa Rican.
Two years after election, Ruperto Vicente says the Federation’s financial position has not much improved, and for that reason it cannot put the national team or any others on firm footing to concentrate on getting results.
The Jaguars are next on the field with unnamed opponents for the 2018 FIFA World Cup eliminations.