Posted: Wednesday, May 19, 2021. 9:17 am CST.
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Belize Men’s National Football Team (BMNT) on Wednesday completes its second three-day cycle of training at the Football Federation of Belize (FFB) headquarters in Belmopan in preparation for its World Cup qualifier against Nicaragua in June.
This week’s training comes to a close on Wednesday but the team returns next week Tuesday, May 24 to the Belmopan training grounds at the FFB headquarters.
“We’re going into full camp on the 24th until we travel on the first of June,” National Team coach Dale Pelayo said.
These two cycles have been for the locally-based players. According to Pelayo, the foreign-based players will join later, closer to the match against Nicaragua on June 4.
Deon McCaulay, Angelo Capello, Tony Rocha, Michael Salazar and Carlos Bernárdez, DeShawon Nembhard, and Nana-Mensah will all join the squad for the final must-win game against Nicaragua on June 4 in Managua.
“I need to go more offensive so I need more offensive midfielders, so I brought in Tony Rocha, Denmark Casey and Mike Salazar.”
Belize needs to go all out against Nicaragua if we are to have any chance of topping the qualifying group. Things are not in our favour right now despite having three points just like Haiti and Nicaragua and that’s because we’ve played two games while these other countries have only played once.
Belize defeated Turks and Caicos 5-0 but lost 2-0 to Haiti.
So, at this point we have to beat Nicaragua, total six points, and hope that somehow things work in our favour. Considering that Haiti is highly favoured to beat the Turks and Caicos Islands, who we beat 5-0, Belize would then depend on Nicaragua defeating Haiti. That would create a three-team three-way tie at six points.
If that were to happen, goal differential and head-to-head games would be brought into play in that order.
A loss or draw against Nicaragua effectively puts us out of any contention of making the next round.
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