Posted: Monday, January 28, 2019. 1:46 p.m. CST.
By BBN Staff: Last year, Belizeans from all walks of life rallied behind the national women’s volleyball team; this year the Football Federation of Belize (FFB) is calling for that same unity as the Jaguars prepare to face off against the Guyana Golden Jaguars in March.
Senior Vice President of the FFB, Marlon Kuylen told Breaking Belize News today that the game is important because a victory would see Belize returning for its second CONCACAF Gold Cup appearance. Kuylen said that the stakes are high in the upcoming game because six of the ten spots have already been taken leaving nine teams to battle for the remaining four spots in the competition.
He noted that every team has to strive for a win because if two teams draw then both those teams will be eliminated.Kuylen added that there is added pressure on the team because the national team will be going to Guyana for the game so it comes down to how much cheering and support Belizeans can give the team before they leave.
“What we need is positivity. We need to big them up on social media and every other way we can. We need to rally behind the players,” Kuylen said. “It’s especially important for some of the older players who were at the first one. They want to get there and do better this time around.”
The FFB is waiting for a meeting with the head coach to go over the game plan and begin training players in the next two weeks to get them familiar with the strategy and build their synergy. In the meantime, the onus is on the players to remain in top physical condition and keep themselves motivated. The game is scheduled for March 23.
Guyanese media is heavily promoting the game and asking their people to support the team because a victory for them would secure their first Gold Cup appearance.
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