Presently there is much discontent across the country after news broke out that the Belmopan Bandits will not be taking part in the CONCACAF Champions League which sees the participation of all Central American champions and sub-champions. As previously mentioned Belize did not meet FIFA’s requirements again, which include a FIFA certified field, infrastructure, lighting and access to changing rooms. All this was to have been set in place with the renovation of the FFB Stadium in Belmopan. But despite the close to 2 million dollars already spent on the stadium, Belize’s boys will not play in the CONCACAF, because despite the fact that FIFA gave Belize over two months pass the deadline to meet FIFA standards required for Champion's League, bottom line is the stadium was not ready.
Actually if we rely on the words of FFB’s President Ruberto Vicente, we should say the field was not ready. According to him and we quote “the television companies that run the Champions League will not televise on a field that has brown spots on it."
To add insult to injury, the 2 million dollars being used for the renovation of the FFB Stadium was approved funds by FIFA for the construction of football fields all over the country. Now the FFB will have to have to wait for FIFA to approve more funds for that to take place. This is certainly a disappointment for football fans and players since it seems that no interest is being placed on the sport and all Belizeans get are empty promises from those in power to fix the situation.
Where are we getting at? Well, September 21st will mark one year that Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega promised Orange Walkenos to invest five millions dollars on the Orange Walk People Stadium. That commitment was made by the PM during his speech delivered on the 21st of September last year and to date we can safely say that the stadium is in its worst state that it has ever been. For context here is that portion of his address.
Honorable Gaspar Vega- Deputy Prime Minister
“I want to tell Orange Walkenos that next year we will start the reconstruction of our People Stadium, a five million dollars investment will be put into that facility in esuirng that we get a modern sporting facility.”
We are sure that you will agree that the People Stadium has in no way been converted in a modern sporting facility. In fact, just a few days ago, the lights at the stadium had to be fixed for sporting to once again take place at night.
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