Monday, June 1st, 2015. Aaron Humes Reporting: Verdes Football Club, national champions of the Premier League of Belize (PLB) are participating in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League later this year.
Team officials headed out to Miami, Florida for the official draw to take place later today. Verdes, also known as the “Green Machine,” posted a better aggregate season record than rivals Police United and Belmopan Bandits despite scoring a point less than Police.
The San Ignacio side last represented Belize in the preliminary round of the 2008-2009 season, losing by a margin of 12-0 over two legs to eventual runners-up Cruz Azul of Mexico. They will be one of 24 teams participating.
FFB President Ruperto Vicente expressed his relief at finally ending Belize’s six-year league drought, but team technical advisor for Verdes, Marvin Ottley, says there is still work to be done to amass the best players to represent the team and Belize internationally including a top striker and midfielder.
The primary problem keeping Belize out of the League was the lack of a suitable stadium. Last year, the FFB Stadium was being renovated but delays resulted in a failed inspection and the hometown Belmopan Bandits being shut out of the Champions League again.
Marvin Ottley was the contractor in charge of laying the pitch and says he will tell his side of the story eventually – but he does not want it to distract from the team’s performance. He did confirm that the pitch is ready and has passed inspection.
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