Posted: Wednesday, August 31, 2022. 9:02 am CST.
Photo Credit: FFB
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The Under-17 Belize Men’s National Football Team (BMNT) is today playing against Antigua and Barbuda in Managua, Nicaragua in the CONCACAF Men’s U17 Qualifiers (CU17Q).
Belize’s first match of three in Group D kicks off at 4:00 pm at the Estadio Nacional, the only venue for the tournament. Nicaragua play Turks and Caicos Islands at 7:00 pm.
Belize’s second match is against hosts Nicaragua on Friday at 7:00 pm and will close against Turks and Caicos Islands on Sunday at 4:00 pm. Nicaragua and Belize times are the same.
The Football Federation of Belize said earlier that the team was in high spirits.
Only the four group winners advance to the Concacaf Men’s U-17 Championship scheduled to play in Guatemala in 2023. These four will join the top 16 ranked nations that qualified directly into the group stage of the Championship.
According to Concacaf, 19 Concacaf Member Associations, all ranked 17 and below by the current Concacaf Men’s U-17 Ranking, are competing in the CU17Q.
The qualifying round robin group stage, made up of four groups, will all take place from August 30 to September 8 in Bradenton, Florida; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; and Managua, Nicaragua.
The 19 men’s U-17 teams participating in the Qualifiers were drawn into four groups and will play as follows:
Group A: Bermuda, Guyana, Bahamas, Bonaire, Saint Martin, British Virgin Islands
Group B: Puerto Rico, Aruba, Martinique, Anguilla, US Virgin Islands
Group C: Dominican Republic, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Cayman Islands, Dominica
Group D: Nicaragua, Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Turks and Caicos Islands
Groups A and B will be based at the IMG Academy, in Bradenton, FL, while Group C will be hosted by the Dominican Republic at the Esatadio Panamericano and Group D by Nicaragua at the Estadio Nacional.
The 20 players are:
1 Orlando Jackson – Bambas – Midsouth
2 Amare Jones – Belmopan Elite – Belmopan
3 Amid Flores – Pelicans FC – Corozal
4 Sharlon Martinez – Chuck and Ducks FC – Toledo +
5 Alexis Mendez – Concepcion Consentidos FC – Corozal
6 Brandon Rogers – HUYSC – Belize
7 Dixon Gamboa – Warriors FC – Belize
8 Devin Garbutt – Midsouth Elite – Midsouth
9 Didied Gill – La Ceiba FC – Orange Walk
10 Jaheim Mena – Christ Warriors FC – Midsouth
11 Tyrus Pineda – Pomona Warriors FC – Stann Creek
12 Zyvaughn Ara – Roaring Creek FC – Cayo
13 Flayden Carter – Hattieville United YSC – Belize
14 Alvin Diaz – Esperanza Real Warriors FC – Cayo
15 Corey Hynes – Pomona Warriors FC – Stann Creek
16 Harrison Roches – Pomona Warriors – Stann Creek
17 Clifford Sanker – Corozal Elite FC – Corozal
18 Amaad Augustine – Cayo Elite FC – Cayo
19 Marvin Card – Ladyville Rising Stars FC – Belize
20 Tyrese Moody – Belmopan Elite – Belmopan
Head Coach John George
Assistant Coach Daniel Smith
Assistant Coach Nicholas Ara
Fitness Coach Dennis Serano
Goalkeeper Coach Stanley Reneau
Physiotherapist Norman Koko
Kit Manager Kelsie Ciego
Manager Tyrone Young
Technical Director Philip Marin
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