Posted: Monday, May 3, 2021. 6:35 pm CST.
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Belize Men’s National Beach Soccer Team (BMNBST) have started training for Concacaf World Cup qualifiers later this month.
Sixteen players started training at the FFB headquarters in Belmopan for the regional tournament to be played from May 17-23, 2021 at the Fedefutbol Plycem Sports Complex in Alajuela, Costa Rica.
Eleven teams are participating in three groups. The top two from each group plus the two best 3rd place teams qualify to the second round of the tournament. Only the Top Two qualify to the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.
The knockout stage will feature the quarterfinal matches on May 21, the semifinals on May 22, and the final on May 23.
Belize is in Group A and will be playing against Mexico and Panama. Guadaloupe withdrew from the tournament.
The team is comprised of goalkeepers Rugerri Trejo and Brenton Garcia, defenders Jermain Jones, Carlos Bent, Sean Mas, Brandon Jones, and Sean Caliz, midfielders Devaney Tillett, Raymond Ramos, Devin Guzman, and Evan Mariano, and striker Marlon Meza.
Head coach is Dennis Serano. He is assisted by Ervin Casimiro and goalkeeper coach Victor Orellano. The technical staff is completed by equipment manager Herbert Trapp, doctor David Pacheco, physiotherapist Aba Ben and technical director Philip Marin.
Belize play against Mexico on May 17 and against Panama on May 18.
Group B is comprised of El Salvador, Bahamas, Guatemala, and Dominican Republic
Group C is made up of United States, Costa Rica, Trinidad and Tobago, and Turks and Caicos Islands
The champions and sub-champions qualify to the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Russia 2021. Sixteen FIFA Member Associations will compete in the World Cup.
The BMNBST are training in a bubble at the newly constructed beach soccer pitch in Belmopan.
The team travels to Costa Rica on May 14
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