Posted: Saturday, August 13, 2022. 1:59 pm CST.
Photo Credit: Stanley Jordan Reneau
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Belize City’s 501 Stars Academy arrived well in Managua, Nicaragua on Friday for the U-17 Central American Football Union’s (UNCAF) Club Championship.
The 501 Stars Academy team left Belize by road on Thursday led by coach Stanley ‘Jordan’ Reneau. They through Guatemala and Honduras and arrived on Friday afternoon.
The regional tournament runs from Sunday, August 14, to Saturday, August 20. All games will be played at the National Football Stadium in Managua.
Seven teams are participating, including two clubs from Nicaragua. EL Salvador is not participating.
The 501 Stars Academy is in Group A along with Nicaragua’s Real Estelí, Honduras’ AFFI Academia, and Guatemala’s Xelajú.
Group B consists of Nicaragua’s Zelaya Central, Panama’s Plaza Amador, and Costa Rica’s Liga Deportiva Alajuelense.
The 501 Stars Academy faces Central American sub-champions Real Estelí on Sunday, August 14 at 7:30 pm. Their second game is against AFFI Academia at 5:15 pm on Tuesday, August 16. In the final group match, they take on Xelajú on Thursday, August 18 at 5:15 as well.
The final, the third place match, and the fifth place game will be played on Saturday, August 20. As long as they finish in the top three of the group, 501 Stars Academy will play on closing day. The fourth-place team in the group automatically finishes last and doesn’t play on August 20.
In 2019, Guatemala’s Municipal won the last regional club championship defeating Nicaragua’s Real Estelí 1-0 in the final at Choluteca in Honduras. Piratas of Honduras won third place as they slipped past Panama’s Sporting San Miguelito 5-4 in penalty kicks.
Belize didn’t participate in that tournament.
Sunday, August 14
Alajuelense Vs Zelaya Central 2:00 pm
AFFI Academia Vs Xelajú 4:15 pm
Real Estelí Vs 501 Stars Academy at 7:30 pm
Tuesday, August 16
Zelaya Central Vs Plaza Amador 2:00 pm
501 Stars Academy Vs AFFI Academia 4:15 pm
Xelajú Vs Real Estelí 7:30 pm
Thursday, August 18
Plaza Amador Vs Alajuelense 2:00 pm
501 Stars Academy Vs Xelajú 4:15 pm
Real Estelí Vs AFFI Academia 7:30 pm
Saturday, August 20
Group A 3rd Place Vs Group B 3rd Place 2:30 pm
Group B 2nd Place Vs Group A 2nd Place 5:00 pm
Group A 1st Place Vs Group B 1st Place 7:30 pm
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