F.F.B. shows off new jerseys and jaguar teammates
‘On the Road to the Gold Cup’…is Channel Five’s focus on the national ‘A’ selection football team’s journey to the July 2013 Gold Cup to be held in the United States. The Belize Jaguars have been in camp for months now preparing to take on the United States, Cuba and Costa Rica in three games to be played in Portland, Oregon; Salt Lake City, Utah and Hartford, Connecticut. The Football Federation of Belize had a press conference today at the Radisson Fort George where they formally introduced the head coach of the team and his technical staff as well as the roster of the players and the official logo of the Belize Jaguars. Also unveiled was the players’ kit with their home and away jerseys courtesy of Nike.
Marlon Kuylen, Executive Member, F.F.B.
“We have the official Belize jaguars logo and if you look behind us, it is on its banner here. So that will be on all our promotional items. Genesis arts had come up with this design and they will be selling these promotional items. And each item, fifteen percent of the proceeds will come to the national team. So now I’d like to introduce our head coach, Mister Ian Mork; our assistant coach, Mister Carlos Slusher; goalkeeper’s coach, Kent Gabourel. And now we are proud to come to one of the items that we have been having talks with Nike about sponsoring our national teams. Their headquarters are in Portland, Oregon, where we will be playing U.S.A. in our first match. So when we go up there, we will have a full meeting set with them, to come fully on board to sponsor all of our national teams. In the meantime—even though they have not had all the official talks and contract signing and so forth—they have been kind enough to give us the uniforms, the travel uniforms and playing uniforms that we will be using at the Gold Cup.”
Ruperto Vicente, President, F.F.B.
“We are not going to settle for the first round of competition. We will not only participate…this is in the past. Participation is all in the past. We will not invest and this nation will not invest its monies in young people who will only go to a tournament to participate. That is in the past gentlemen and that is in the past Belize. We are not entering tournaments to win, not just to participate. We are winners. We were never trained to win in the past, but now as we move forward in the football federation, understand that we are now on the winning quest. We are on the winning road and you must develop, all of us, must develop the winning attitude. We gotta win. We cannot settle for just participation. Other nations must now begin to consider you as serious football players and the nations must also consider Belize as a serious football nation. We have the talent and we must display it. I call on you to represent us well and to do your very best to not only beat the United States, but humiliate the United States. We must do that, but I cannot do it. You must have to do it.”