The young men included on the team were Sidney Rhaburn, Darroll Lambey, Benny Baiza, Jerrilee Valentine, Filadelfo Barrientos, Ernest Lambey, Clayton Fitzgibbon and Zabdi Cobb.
According to their head coach, Andrew Aspinall, these 8 young men represent the best of 150 athletes scouted in Belize for the past 2 years.
Fresh off the plane, the young athletes sported their medals at a small conference held in their honor at the Princess Hotel.
When it was time for the delegation to give a few words, Clayton Fitzgibbon stepped bravely and proudly said that the experience was very enjoyable for all concerned who were able to go to Athens. He said that for most of the games, the team would be down 2-0 and the coach, in his attempts to inspire a better performance, would tell them to touch the Belize Flag and remember why they were there.
He said that in the end, what made them bring home bronze was that they all played as a team.
Head coach Aspinall said that as a result of their performance, several countries have invited the Belize delegation to football competitions – notably, Jamaica.
Story by: Daniel Ortiz; Courtesy: Amandala