Thursday, April 16th 2015.Aaron Humes Reporting: The furore over the fate of superstar footballer Deon McCaulay continues to rage, but according to the Football Federation of Belize (FFB) it is out of their hands: unless Belize’s top goalscorer can pay his way home, he may not make it on to the national team to play in the second round of the regional qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup. A group of Belizeans organized via Facebook have now taken it upon themselves to ensure that Deon, who presently lives in Atlanta, Georgia where he played for the North American Soccer League’s Atlanta Silverbacks, makes it home. They plan to raise a total of $5,000 through various means. According to co-organizer of the Deon Dollar Drive Cordelia Belezaire, the striker is in support and is ready to come home and play. The group believes that Belize has a better chance on the field with the prolific goalscorer in the side.
Co-organizer Jamil Wagner says he does not want the FFB or anyone else to have any excuses to keep Deon off the team.
The amount to be raised consists of $1,500 for the plane ticket from Atlanta, a $3,000 stipend for ten weeks of training matching what other members of the Jaguars receive, and $500 extra. Any money raised over the $5,000 limit will, at Deon’s personal request, be put into summer football and sports camps. Wagner says they will be attending tonight first-round playoff game in the Premier League of Belize tournament in Belmopan, featuring his former team, the Belmopan Bandits, and the National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) game in Belize City on Friday night featuring the Belize City Hurricanes squad.
Contributions are also being accepted at the Atlantic Bank account #211569202. Wagner can be contacted at 626-7344. McCaulay is Belize’s joint 4th-most capped international player with 32 appearances for the team since 2007, the last being in the 2014 Copa Centroamericana. He has scored 17 goals for Belize, one more than four times his nearest active rival in Harrison Roches.
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