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since 2018 some female soccer players equippedespecially Lagoon Olga Maria Valdez and Carla Ines Machucasthey found out that was a world of specialty which was played in Canada, it was then Interested to see what it takes to be part of the Mexican national team,
From that year he began participating in national championships supported by the Mexican Federation of American Football., all with the aim of finding fortune to be selected as LIFFAE players. their Passion and dedication paid off And he achieved his goal of getting elected at the national level.
Olga and Carla, along with Paola living outside La Laguna, are the three La Laguna players who made that dream come true. to go to World Championship for Finlandeven thoughHe never imagined that this would be a tremendously bitter pill and that he would have to live the Vykrusis after the incompetence of the FMFA directorsled by on the president Caesar Barrera,
Each player had to prepare for months between training and visits to Mexico City. at least once a month; when they were pre-selected He spent between eight thousand to 12 thousand pesos on average.
“It is good that foreigners ask us how it happened, because since the tests were done to find a place in the national team, we have not received support from any authority; The State Sports Institute of Durango promised us support and they gave us a lot of time and in the end they supported us with only three thousand pesos, and then in the national team they told us that from the moment we are selected they support us Will do that was a lie.
“He left us”
Both Olga and Karla confirm to face complete abandonment by FMFA upon return from Finland, “When it was my turn to come, I stayed in Mexico for days because I didn’t have money to return to La Laguna, it was one of my coaches who supported me with his bags to return home, he practically Abandoned us foreigners, a good number lived in Mexico’s Ciudad and other nearby cities of Toluca and Pachuca.
four days of total anger
Were Olga and almost half the team spent four days waiting for the flight to go to Finland, “From the moment they told us there was no flight, a complete odyssey of mixed emotions began, anger, rage, impotence, frustration, tears over the inaction of the many FMFA officers who did not do what was necessary to resolve. The problem and the worst part is that they do not feel guilty for such disorder”, he said.
“I went to the first group of itineraries thanks to the fact that I had a visa, but when trying to board the tickets they were oversold, then tickets were bought from Mexico to New York with a stopover From there to Finland and from there to the capital Helsinki, it was a journey of about two days”.
Compared to other players, Carla Machuka was very lucky as she had a visa.But nine players together and finally the five groups that started from tickets were not from the same terminal And they had to move and they didn’t reach the flight while documenting it means they didn’t arrive in full.
Even if they failed them, they would travel again
As for the two Lagoon women, they agree that they will travel again, albeit without such a problem, despite what they have encountered in this journey.
“Of course I would travel, just seeing how the people of Finland received us, the treatment of the other teams and the fact that they played us after the other teams told us that what happened to us was unfair, that we should fight. We want to have a medal and practically a gold medal, so we want to hold back until the people who don’t do their job put them aside,” says Carla Machuca. For Carla Machuka this experience leaves her with a sense of dissatisfaction.
“I am dissatisfied and certainly dissatisfied with what happened, we are sure that things would have been better, and above all Mexico would have been in a better place and even got the gold, the fact That they have snatched that opportunity, it is not worth it. It hurt our hearts just thinking that people of your own country vandalized you is very sad.
Other countries mourn
Olga interacted with players from other participating countries. “People from Canada, Australia, Germany told us that what happened to us was sad, they told us that we can fight for medals without any problems, because they see us as a powerful team because we are a team. Very versatile striker on the court,” he said.
bitter sweet day
It was the day when the grand finale was held, the bitterest moment, the people of Mexico watched the awards ceremony with tears on their skin. “We looked at the competitors and the truth was that even the commentators said that we were better than the others in many departments, it was hard not to break down by staying behind and seeing how they got their medals”, Olga Valdez confirms.
“We are preparing something”
“We do not want to talk further, if something is being prepared so that this does not happen again, a press conference will be held and there will be more details, I repeat, we do not want to spoil what has been advanced, So when everything comes out in the press conference, we like to talk.”
“We want to set an example, we want the next process not to be a struggle to see if a flight has already been bought, we want the next team not to suffer what we , For this we are going to fight and point out those responsible, so that no one goes through it and they treat us with respect, ”said Olga Valdez.
Is there anything to be thankful for?
“Yes, to all the people who supported us all the time, to our families, to our friends who were always there, as well as the press that turned before this happened to see us, which we can’t really thank give, they are the ones who failed us”, concluded Carla Machuka.