Posted: Sunday, June 25, 2023. 9:39 am CST.
Photo Credit: Club Atletico
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Twelve of 16 teams have qualified for the Round of 16 in National Amateur Interdistrict Championship (NAIC) after games on Friday and Saturday. The NAIC is the Football Federation of Belize’s top amateur tournament that showcases the best talent from across the country.
The first to advance were Belize City’s Caesar Ridge who beat Flames 1-0 at the Marion Jones Sporting Complex on Friday night advancing two wins and a 3-0 aggregate.
Eighteen teams are vying for 16 spots in the knockout stage. Since only the two teams with the worst records will be left out, Flames still have a shot to advance though they don’t have a point and sport 0-3 goal aggregate.
Caesar Ridge, Club Atletico, Lake I, Top Shottaz, Napoles, Caribbean Rum Boyz, Terror Squad, and Griga Conquerors qualified since last week when they won the first leg.
Silk Grass Ballerz, Bamba’s, Shark Shooters, and Calcutta Bulls qualified on Saturday.
Club Atletico edged out 7 Miles 1-0 at the Norman Broaster Stadium in San Ignacio on a 44th minute goal by Tyriq Ciego. Atletico are on to the next round on six points and a 2-0 aggregate. 7 Miles must wait for the remaining results.
Lake I FC drew 0-0 with Silk Grass Ballerz at the Marion Jones Complex. Having won the first leg 2-0, Lake I advance on four points and a 2-0 goal aggregate. Since more than two teams lost both games, Silk Grass also qualify on one point and a 0-2 aggregate.
Bamba’s managed a 0-0 draw at home against Top Shottaz at the Michael Ashcroft Stadium earning a point and their ticket to the next round. Top Shottaz qualified on four points and a 2-0 goal aggregate.
Shark Shooters ran over the Calcutta Bulls 4-0 at Ambergris Stadium. Both teams also qualify to the next round; the Shark Shooters on four points and a 4-0 aggregate and the Bulls with one point and a 0-4 aggregate.
By the end of Sunday, when the final four games will be played, we’ll know all the teams qualified for the Round of 16.
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