The Football Federation of Belize has announced it needs to raise $500,000 to finance Belize’s national ‘A’ Team’s participation in the CONCACAF Gold Cup in the United States of America next month, and the government of Belize has tossed a contribution of $50,000 into the kitty.
Prime Minister . Dean Barrow presented a $50,000 cheque to FFB’s senior Vice President Sergio Chuc, Vice President Rawell Pelayo and FFB marketing director Marlon Kuylen, when they met in Belmopan on Thursday afternoon, May 30. The FFB is already well on its way in its fund-raising efforts as it has already partnered with corporate sponsors, the Belize Bank, Belize Telemedia and Atlantic Bank.
The national team has been playing a number of friendly practice matches in preparation for the Gold Cup; and recently it triumphed 2-0 over Guatemala’s first division club, Heredia, in Melchor de Mencos, Petén, on Wednesday afternoon May 29.
Trevor ”Burger” Lennon scored the first goal for a 1-0 lead at intermission, and David Trapp put the game on ice with a second goal after the break.
They will play one more friendly before the Gold Cup game against Guatemala’s National ‘A’ Team in Antigua, Guatemala on Tuesday, June 11.
The FFB executive has said that it would have liked to play more friendlies before the Gold Cup, but it has been difficult to arrange because the other teams already have their schedules set from months in advance.
Belize plays its first Gold Cup match against the USA in Portland, Oregon, on July 9.