Belize head coach Leroy Sherrier Lewis (left) at a Belize training session during the 2014 Central American Cup. (Photo: Mexsport)
DALLAS, Texas – Though Belize (0-0-2, 0 points) suffered defeats in its opening two games in the 2014 Central American Cup (CCA) by a narrow combined score of 3-1, head coach Leroy Sherrier Lewis says he is pleased with the play of his team.
A 2-0 loss to Honduras (1-0-1, 3 points) – thanks to a pair of own-goals – and 2-1 setback against Guatemala have left the Belizeans in a precarious situation heading into the final day of Group A play. They need a win against El Salvador (1-0-1, 3 points) on Wednesday to have any hope of advancing.
“I’m happy, we’ve had a good role in this tournament,” said Sherrier Lewis, who led Belize to a fourth-place finish in the CCA’s 2013 edition, its best-ever placement. “We want to qualify for the Gold Cup and we are going to battle against El Salvador.”
Sherrier Lewis believes that Belize needs to maintain focus for the full 90 minutes in order to overcome the Salvadorans.
“To improve, we need to concentrate more,” he concluded. “We lacked concentration [against Guatemala].”
In their last CCA meeting, El Salvador posted a 1-0 win over Belize on January 27, 2013, in the match for third place. Both sides qualified for that year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup.