Ladies training for upcoming UNCAF tournament

The men have had their fair share of football, but now it is the ladies’ turn. We caught up with coach Gabourel at the FFB stadium while the girls were being trained. He told us more about the upcoming UNCAF tournament that they are preparing for.

Kent Gabourel – Coach:

vlcsnap-2013-07-26-19h24m59s197We’re preparing this team for a U20tournament in Honduras, starting the 21st of August, 2013.  We have girls from all over the country.  We had a selection process which a lot of coaches did, and we tried to have the best U29 players, putting them together, trying to get them ready for the game.  We will be in a group with them, going to Guatemala and Honduras.   It’s not onlym going to participate, but it’s time for us to win.  We think we can compete very well against any other country, as long as we put in the hard work, I’m looking to go to another round. 

 

Coach Gabourel joined the team last week, as he was in the United States with the Jaguars, serving as the goalkeeper’s trainer. We asked him about the lessons he learned and how that experience in the Gold-Cup will benefit this new team.

Kent Gabourel – Coach:

Discipline plays a big role in the Gold Cup, and we could see this is where we locked off.  Our team, without discipline, their sleeping hours, the time on Facebook, the time they leave to go to the field, the time to practice, everything is timing.

He also spoke about the importance of positive sport activities such as football in the lives of young men and women.

Kent Gabourel – Coach:

vlcsnap-2013-07-26-19h26m48s15You can’t change the life of a female. There is something for them to do, and something for them to look forward to, instead of being idle or chances take of them.    Tghey have sports now.  We have the U17, we have the U20, and we have the A National team.  There are things for the women to look forward to, and young females to look forward to.  They can also get a scholarship abroad, not only like the A male team, but the girls they can also do it. We are encouraging not only now, but we will continue. In the Federation we’ll do some grass-root program with both male and female , and encourage females to participate in football.

After practice, we had a little pow wow with some of the players.

Anijay Quiroz – Right Mid-field: {Right of Photograph]

vlcsnap-2013-07-26-19h26m15s190I actually started since I was a little girl.  I started in the little competitions that they used to have in San Ignacio, that we called Mosquito.  I was like about 7 or 8. I love football and it is a way to keep me active and healthy.  I think it’s a great opportunity to get to know other places, and as well to better my skills in the game.

 

Kursha Pollard – Right Mid-field: [Left of photograph]

Practice is really tough on some days when we have physical tests, but other days it’s OK.

 

Erica Milligan – Defense:

vlcsnap-2013-07-26-19h37m30s5It’s real difficult but the team is hardworking and we’re willing to pursue and continue. Football keep you occupied from doing idleness, and football is where I find happiness and fun. 

 

 

Shandy Vernon – Defense:

vlcsnap-2013-07-26-19h34m49s229They build up more on their skills, and instead of doing negative things, they do positive things.  They’ve got something to concentrate on.

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