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FFB national team coach jumps ship

Coach Roy Sherrier Lewis has called it quits as coach for Belize’s national men’s football “A” team.
Lewis tendered his resignation letter to the Football Federation of Belize before he left Belize for good on Wednesday, March 6.
FFB President Ruperto Vicente called a press conference at the Biltmore Hotel on Thursday morning to give the nation the bad news, announcing that until the FFB can hire another coach, the national team would continue preparing for the upcoming Gold Cup tournament in the United States this summer, under the direction of Assistant Coach Charles Slusher.
Sherrier Lewis had returned to Belize under a cloud, as it was rumoured he was leaving the national team even as the team returned home to a hero’s welcome, after Lewis had coached the Belize side to their first ever victory at the Copa Centroamericana.
That victory brought them to fourth place, thereby, qualifying the Belize team for the larger CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament.
As far as the FFB was concerned, Sherrier was a good fit for Team Belize, and the FFB executive did everything it could to keep him happy, including meeting his salary demand of US$2,000 – US$3,000 per month.
The FFB also rented him an apartment in Belmopan, but unbeknownst to the FFB, the owners of the apartment building were involved in a family feud, and Sherrier Lewis’ apartment somehow caught fire on February 19.
The coach was most disturbed by this incident, and even though the FFB found him another apartment; it would appear he never felt quite comfortable in Belize after that.
The FFB had also done what it cold to fulfil his other recommendations, including his request that each semi-pro club should also have under-19 and an under-17 teams.
Sherrier also asked that each semi-pro team in the Premier League of Belize have a couple of under-17 players on the roster.
Sherrier Lewis was also instrumental in preparing the national under-19 male football team and the national women’s football team for the 10th Central American Games, being held in San Jose, Costa Rica from March 3-17.
Coach Kent Gabourel Sr. travelled as coach for the women’s team while Coach Julio Santos, of Verdes Club travelled as coach for the U-19 team, with Tyrone Muschamp as his assistant coach.
The Belize women lost their debut match: 14-0 to their hosts Costa Rica on Tuesday, and the U-19 male team played their first fixture against Nicaragua on Thursday, March 7.

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