BELIZE CITY, Wed. Jan. 21, 2015–Today, the Football Federation of Belize (FFB) forwarded to our sports desk a letter dated January 20, 2015, from FIFA President Joseph “Sepp” Blatter in Zurich, Switzerland. The letter is addressed to FFB President Ruperto Vicente, and in it the FIFA President conveyed his “Congratulatory message to Belmopan Bandits,” the recently crowned 3-peat Premier League of Belize football champions.
We reproduce the text of the letter below:
Zurich, 20 January 2015
Congratulatory message to Belmopan Bandits
Dear President, dear Friend,
Please pass on my own personal congratulations, along with those of the whole football family, (to) Belmopan Bandits on their performance. A national team victory is a wonderful occasion and an opportunity to draw satisfaction from a job well done, and this for the fourth time in the sixth season of the Premier League of Belize, the third in succession.
I know that behind this success are the belief and effort of everyone involved. This is a true team victory, and all of you deserve to share in the accolades: the players and coach of course, but also the technical and medical staff and, not least, the loyal fans.
Football is proving more than ever that it can transcend traditional boundaries to become a real driver of development. It enables players at all levels to develop their individual skills, tactical understanding and personal dynamism, all the while strengthening team spirit. Football truly is a school for life and I am convinced that everyone, and in particular the young people of today, can benefit from playing football on both a social and personal level. That is why I urge them all in Belmopan Bandits to continue their work, leading the way on this path of success.
Joseph S. Blatter