Posted: Monday, May 20, 2019. 11:01 am CST.
By Aaron Humes: Owner of the Belmopan Bandits Sporting Club, John Saldivar, on Sunday issued his congratulations to Premier League of Belize (PLB) closing season champions, the San Pedro Pirates.
The Ambergris Caye club overpowered the defending champions, 2-0, on Saturday to win the championship series by 2-1 on aggregate.
Saldivar, a former Sports Minister and Belmopan area representative, said on social media that the island’s residents and fanatic supporters of the Pirates “absolutely deserved this victory” and commended the community’s efforts to rally behind the side. He added that support for sports is “the way forward to strengthen communities and save lives.”
Bandits defeated rival Western side Verdes in the semifinals, while regular season champions San Pedro bombed the Belize Defence Force.
The San Pedro Pirates team was formed in 2017 and succeeded the short-lived San Pedro Seadogs.
The Bandits are overall season champions on aggregate record and will represent Belize in the CONCACAF League.
Saldivar welcomes the “new rivalry” between the Bandits and the Pirates, evoking Roman times and calling it the ‘Clash of the Brigands’. He concluded by saying, “see you next season…for the Clash of the Brigands Part 2”.
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