General — 18 September 2015 — by Alex Palacio
Belize’s National Team 1997

ORANGE WALK TOWN, Sept. 10, 2015–Here are pictures of one of our first National Teams, who played Panama in 1997 in Cayo at the Norman Broaster Stadium.  You will see players like David “Manu” McCaulay, Deon’s dad, who scored Belize’s first International goal.  Players included now Minister Erwin Contreras, John Trapp, Nelson Moss, Pablo Madrid, the Tun brothers (Donny and Freddy), among others.

    I congratulate the Jaguars, which has been together since 2003.  It is not an overnight team.  Give credit where it is due.  Deon, Shane, West, Ian Gaynair, Cafu, Dalton, and all the older guys will recall Renan Couoh, “Chelato,” Cabrera among others.  History was made before to the third round.

    I will provide you guys with more stats later.  These are a few of the many, many photos.  FFB needs to invest in younger players.  Nations Cup is 2017.  Many of the senior players will not be able to play for 2022 World Cup Qualifiers.  Nicaragua has the system where they maintain their U-15, U-17, U-19, etc., which is presently the Nicaraguan national team.  Jamaica and all other countries do the same.  The same applies for coaching.  All or most teams have foreign coaches.


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