Posted: Wednesday, May 4, 2022. 11:11 am CST.
Photo Credit: FFB
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Three Belizean coaches plus the FFB’s Head of Coaching on Tuesday received their Concacaf B Coaching Licenses.
“President Sergio Chuc and the Football Federation of Belize congratulates the Technical Director Philip Marin, Head of Coaching Jonathan Hooper (from England), Coach Educator Marvin Ottley, and Coach Dale Pelayo for successfully completing their CONCACAF B License,” said a social media post by the Football Federation of Belize (FFB).
The four completed their B License in three modules held from October 2020 to February 2022. The first two modules were done online and the third was face-to-face. In the last module in February, delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the four coaches trained 31 Belizean coaches who were taking their second module toward the C Licenses, under the guidance of CONCACAF mentor Neal Ellis from the United States.
“This Concacaf B License means a lot to me,” said FFB Technical Director Philip Marin who completed his second B License course.
“My first B License was back in 2014 in Germany from the German Football Federation. Concacaf’s plan is to have all technical directors with the highest Concacaf license. It doesn’t matter if you have a higher license from another region, it is mandatory that all technical directors be the first ones to have this [Concacaf] license.”
“Thanks to the Football Federation of Belize and President Mr. Chuc and the Technical Director to have given me the opportunity today. It is official I successfully completed the Concacaf B License,” said Pelayo.
“Time to share what I have learned,” he added.
The U19 Belize Men’s National Team’s (BMNT) poor performances before and during the recent Central American Championship held in Belmopan led Pelayo and other local coaches to criticize the FFB for not hiring a Belizean coach. However, on Tuesday morning before he headed to the FFB to get his Concacaf B License, Pelayo extended an olive branch to the FFB saying that he wasn’t against the administration but wanted Belizean coaches to be considered.
“All I ask is for us as local coaches to be given the respect, resources, and the support as is given to the Professional (in reference to Spanish coach David Pérez). We have proven ourselves time in and time out. How can the public trust the process if we don’t trust our very own? Time to move football forward,” Pelayo said.
Pelayo was coach of the National A and Under 20 Teams before the job was given to Pérez. His biggest achievement was his leading the U-18 BMNT to a Central American subchampionship in December 2019. The U18 BMNT fell to Costa Rica 4-0 in the final.
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