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Team Belize arrives well in the Dominican Republic

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Posted: Friday, March 26, 2021. 7:26 pm CST.

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Though six members of the technical staff of the Belize Men’s National Football Team will travel until tomorrow from Haiti to the Dominican Republic, all the players, the head coach Dale Pelayo and assistant coach Marvin Ottley are already settled in at their hotel in Santo Domingo.

The National Team is flying to the Dominican Republic for its “home” against the Turks and Caicos Islands in the Qatar World Cup qualifiers on Tuesday. Due to the pandemic, Belize and 11 other national teams in Concacaf are playing home games on neutral turf due to COVID-19 restrictions in their countries.

Unable to get a single flight out of Haiti, the FFB had to schedule three different flights for the entire National Team to get to Santo Domingo.

Coach Dale Pelayo said assistant coach Marvin Ottley flew out at 11:00 this morning with nine players. Pelayo took the second flight this afternoon at 3:00 along with the remaining 12 players.

The other six members of the technical staff will leave on Saturday morning.

Coach Pelayo said Team Belize will do their first training session in Santo Domingo on Saturday afternoon.

The Belize Jaguars play their second game in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers on Tuesday at 3:00 pm at the Estadio Panamericano in San Cristóbal just outside Santo Domingo.

After this month’s games, the WC qualifiers resume in June. Belize was to play two games then, against Nicaragua away and against St Lucia here, but St Lucia withdrew, though neither FIFA nor Concacaf made any announcement on the matter. That means that after Tuesday, Belize will only have the away game against Nicaragua.

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