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Belize get French Guiana again in CONCACAF Nations League Draw

Posted: Wednesday, May 17, 2023. 10:43 am CST.

Photo Credit: Iris Centeno Studio

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Belize drew French Guiana, Bermuda, and St Vincent and the Grenadines in the Concacaf Nations League Draw on Monday.

Looks like Belize just can’t get rid of French Guiana. At every turn we encounter them. We had them for the 2022 Qatar World Cup eliminations when the Belize Men’s National Team (BMNT) couldn’t fly into Cayenne in September 2019 and lost the three points by forfeit and an admonition from Concacaf. The second game was a 2-0 win for the BMNT in Belmopan. And then we had them again in June of 2022 in the Concacaf Nations League when we drew with them 1-1 here and lost 1-0 in Cayenne.

Last year the Football Federation of Belize expected to either win the group or finish in second place, but the BMNT lost five games and drew one (the one against French Guiana) salvaging only one point. Belize lost twice to Guatemala and the Dominican Republic and once to French Guiana.

As a colleague said, along with Caribbean clubs only in League B, Belize avoided the likes of Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana. However, we shouldn’t twitch our noses at Bermuda and St Vincent and the Grenadines. After all, they are ranked higher than we are. In Concacaf alone, French Guiana are ranked 15, Bermuda 23, and St Vincent and the Grenadines 28. We are at 29 out of 41.

Sixteen are competing in League A, 16 in League B, and nine in League C.

League B has been divided into four groups of four. All groups will play double round robins for a total of six games per country. They will all play three home games and three away games.

At the end of the competition, the group winners will be promoted to League A and the fourth-place finishers will be relegated to League C.

Horace Avila celebrates after scoring for the Belize Men’s National Team in the 74th minute in the 1-1 draw against French Guiana at the FFB Stadium in Belmopan on June 9, 2022.

These are the League B groups:

Group A: Guadeloupe, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Sint Maarten.
Group B: Trinidad and Tobago, Dominican Republic, Montserrat, and Barbados.
Group C: French Guiana, Bermuda, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Belize.
Group D: Guyana, Antigua and Barbuda, Puerto Rico, and Bahamas.

Apart from the promotions and relegations for League B, the League A fifth and sixth-place finishers will be relegated to League B. The League C group winners and the best second-place finisher will be promoted to League B.

2023-24 Concacaf Nations League

League A

Quarterfinals: Mexico, USA, Costa Rica, Canada

Group A: Panama, Guatemala, El Salvador, Martinique, Curacao, Nicaragua

Group B: Haiti, Jamaica, Honduras, Cuba, Suriname, Grenada

League B

Group A: Guadeloupe, St Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Sint Maarten

Group B: Trinidad and Tobago, Dominican Republic, Montserrat, Barbados

Group C: French Guiana, Bermuda, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Belize

Group D: Guyana, Antigua and Barbuda, Puerto Rico, Bahamas

League C

Group A: Bonaire, Saint Martin, Anguilla

Group B: Aruba, Cayman Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands

Group C: Dominica, Turks and Caicos Islands, British Virgin Islands

 

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