Friday, June 5th 2015.Chrisbert Garcia Reporting: Earlier this year, Belize’s National football team traveled to the Cayman Islands for a game that our Jaguars eventually won by the slimmest margin possible, earning a game against the Dominican Republic’s Los Quisqueyanos and keeping Belize’s dream of World Cup qualification alive.
In the game against Cayman, the Jaguars were without their internationally accomplished striker, Deon McCaulay, who was still in the United Sates playing with the Atlanta Silver-backs Football Club; so can our team’s less than stellar performance in the first round be attributed to the absence of Deon? Well we can’t say for sure but since Deon’s return and practice sessions with the team, confidence has been oozing from the Jaguar’s coaching staff, the players and most importantly, Belizean football fans.
Excitement is bubbling inside Jaguar fans all across Belize and beyond as the date for the second round of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers comes near. The first leg is scheduled for June 11th in Dominica where a 100% equipped Jaguar team will seek to defeat the mighty Quisqueyanos on their home field and the action continues on June 14th when Belize will have home field advantage and hopefully survive to continue the World Cup chase.
Although we have utmost confidence that our Jaguars will move on to a third round in the qualifiers, we must consider that the Cayman team is ranked much lower than the Dominican Republic by FIFA.
With that being said, Dominica has beaten Cayman 6-1 in a friendly match played and since we struggled in those games against Cayman, is it likely that we will be victorious in the Dominican Republic series?
Charlie Slusher, Assistant Coach of the Belize National Team had the answer for that question and this is what he said: “Definitely, the team is a better team now that Deon is here and I think maybe that is one of the reason why we are much more confident going into this game because like I said, our offense problem really and truly has been solved with just having Deon on the pitch. So that again is a big thing when it comes to helping the national team to advance. And again, with Deon, we can confidently say now we have a complete team to face Dominican Republic. I don’t like to make predictions when it comes to the score, but we are very confident that we can advance to the next round.”
To prepare for the upcoming game against Dominica, the Jaguars will play a Guatemalan team on Sunday June 7th at the FFB stadium in Belmopan. Admission will be free.
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