Posted: Sunday, January 22, 2023. 12:24 pm CST.
Photo Credit: Progresso, Port Layola
By Rubén Morales Iglesias:
The Premier League of Belize’s Closing Championship features games in Orange Walk and Belize City on Sunday afternoon as Week 2 closes.
Progresso test champions Altitude at 3:30 pm at the People’s Stadium in Orange Walk Town today.
Both are coming off losses last week when the Closing Championship opened. Progresso fell 2-0 away to the San Pedro Pirates and need to bounce back if they are to replicate the Opening Championship’s performance when they finished in the fourth position.
Altitude, after winning the Opening Championship, had a dismal start falling at home 1-0 to Benque Viejo United. Like Progresso, they are in dire need of turning things around, particularly since Verdes are closing in on them in the cumulative table to qualify to the Concacaf League.
The North vs South match features the battle between two coaches who played against each other and together in their heyday as players, including long stints with the Belize Men’s National Team. Charlie Slusher managing Progresso meets Wilmer Garcia at the helm of Champs Altitude.
The other match kicks off half an hour later at 4:00 pm in Belize City where Port Layola square off with the Belmopan Bandits at the Marion Jones Sporting Complex.
Port Layola had a brilliant start blasting Wagiya 5-0 last week while the Bandits had a relatively good start pulling off a 0-0 draw against subchampions Verdes.
As the second week opened last night, Verdes had to work hard to beat Benque Viejo United 1-0 at the Edmund Marshalleck Stadium in Benque Viejo del Carmen while the San Pedro Pirates downed Wagiya 4-2 in a hot match in which they had to come from behind twice.
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