Sports Ministry to support Belize Jaguars from afar
Saturday, May 30th 2015. Aaron Humes Reporting: Information to Belize Media Group is that the Belize Jaguars won a friendly with Guatemalan First Division side Heredia in Guatemala, 3-1, on Thursday night, Deon McCauley among the scorers.
The Jaguars are preparing for the two-leg second round CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying tie with the Dominican Republic on June 11 and 14, having narrowly squeaked by the Cayman Islands in the first round on away goals after a pair of draws.
Elroy Kuylen’s goal from a free kick proved the difference in a series played without McCauley, who only recently joined the team after Belizeans clamoured for him to come home from Atlanta.
The Ministry of Sports was notably silent during the entire affair and that, according to Minister Herman Longsworth, is for a good reason. He told us today that while it is “Go, Jaguars, Go!”, the Football Federation of Belize (FFB) will be expected to take care of business on its own.
The Ministry prefers to deal directly with young sportspeople before they come in contact with the major federations, preparing them for the sporting life.
Former Minister of Sports and devoted football fan and team owner, John Saldivar, has taken on a role in his personal capacity as national team coordinator. He owns former national champion Belmopan Bandits and both the Belize Defence Force (BDF) and Police United football teams are outlets of his Ministry of National Security.
The Jaguars will play one more friendly in Guatemala before the two-legged Dominican Republic match. The Dominicans beat the Caymans in a recent friendly by a score of 6-nil.
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