Team Selected for World Cup Qualifiers

The Football Federation of Belize has selected the team that will be representing Belize in the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers. In 2013 when the Belize Jaguars made it through the Gold Cup Qualifiers, a first for Belize, it set a new level of hype Belizean Football. The Ruperto Vicente Administration hopes to do the same this time around and even go further with a new and more vibrant team. Our colleagues at channel 7 spoke to some of the players in the selection on Thursday last week as the federation debuted the new face of football.

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ffb26.2.15aWoodrow West – Member, National Team
“We have our physical trainer who is well prepared. He’s been studying in Cuba and he went and lately come from Germany, so he is up to date with all those physical training and he is trying to help us getting there. And playing in the league, we are still in condition. What we are trying to do is work a little bit of physical and get the system acquainted with all the player, so that we could do a good show home and score some goals, because as you know that’s our problem here – scoring goals. That is one of the weakness we are working now to get offensive minded and try to get some goals home.”

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ffb26.2.15bNajib Guerra – Member, National Team
“When I was called, I was happy. I can’t say no. It’s a great privilege to represent my country and better yet, it’s a home game and so we have to represent. About the senior players and us the rookies, well, they are motivating us – always telling us to big up our game, do not get discourage if we don’t get pick, but once you make it, just play and represent your country.”

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ffb26.2.15cTevin Gamboa – Member, National Team
“I feel so good, because this is my first time coming with the A selection team of Belize and working with Woodrow West and other people. It’s like a dream come true, because I always dreamt of playing with the national team. But I have to wait my turn because Woodrow West is the number one goal keeper here and I just have to do my thing along with him.”

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In an interview conducted with the new head coach of the A team last two weeks, Jorge Nunez told Plus News that he is confident about his relationship with the team since most of them were his players when they were younger.

Viewers may recall that in 2013 the deplorable conditions of the football pitch prevented the Belmopan Bandits from representing Belize in the CONCACAF Champions League. During a press briefing held on Thursday February 26th at the FFB headquarters, in Belmopan, president Ruperto Vicente said told the media that this will no longer be an issue.

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charlie26.2.15bRuperto Vicente – President, FFB
“Our field was inspected on the 26th and 27th of January of this year. And so, our field, our stadium and facility has passed the test and so we are ready to play football. I don’t even have to speak on this today, you are here and so you will be able to take a look at the pitch. It’s a beautiful pitch. It’s an international pitch. Yes, we’ve spent a quite amount of money on it, to get it where it is now and I want to also applaud Mr. Anthony Chanona for all the work that he has put into this field. No field in the world is completely level. I was in Mexico on Tuesday, as the match commissioner for the champion’s league game. They had a game on Tuesday night. That pitch is so wavy and so no field you get on is completely leveled and our field will never be completely leveled. What is required, is that the field completely covered with grass and green. That is the requirement and today we have a field that is more level that any other field in Central America.”

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Belize plays its first game on March 25th against the Grand Cayman Islands.
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