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Football Federation of Belize kicks 7 Miles out of National Amateur Interdistrict Championship

Posted: Tuesday, June 27, 2023. 12:48 pm CST.

Photo Credit: 7 Miles FC

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The Football Federation of Belize (FFB) disqualified Cayo representative 7 Miles from the National Amateur Interdistrict Championship for allegedly fielding a player under the wrong name.

The FFB hasn’t made an official announcement on the matter but has confirmed that the Cayo team will be replaced by the club next in line which happens to be the other Cayo team, Flames.

Both Cayo teams, along with Sarteneja, lost their two games in the NAIC first round. 7 Miles ended with a 0-2 goal difference, Flames 0-3, and Sarteneja 1-9. With those scores, 7 Miles had qualified to the Round of 16.

7 Miles allegedly fielded a player under the wrong name in their first game against Belmopan’s Club Atletico.

Blaming irregularities, 7 Miles announced on Monday in a social media post that they wouldn’t be competing in the Round of 16.

“7 Miles FC won’t be playing the other round of 16 in NAIC competition, were disqualified, due to irregularities,” 7 Miles said.

“We proudly represented our beautiful village, and played an amazing away and home game, we are a competitive and young team, we play the game because we love the sports not the money, in belize you can’t make a living playingfootball, the only one,s making a living are the ones working for the federation, I believe opponents knowing that, they find a way to bring you down, coming out from a little village and competing with big rivals got them surprised, we got the talent they didn’t expected. nuff respect team.”

Napoles will now play Flames in the Round of 16. The first game is set for San Ignacio this weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sarteneja claim Napoles’ Krismar Martinez wasn’t registered appropriately. (Photo Credit: Napoles FC)

Incidentally, Sarteneja filed a protest against Napoles claiming that Krismar Tyreeq Martinez shouldn’t have been fielded by the Belmopan side as he was still registered under the Premier League of Belize’s Wagiya on the FIFA Connect platform up to June 18. Napoles claimed that Martinez had been released by Wagiya on February 23. The NAIC rules say that active PLB players are prohibited from participating in the competition but “inactive professional players can be registered once their contracts has expired or a mutual termination agreed within a period of 30 days before the start of the competition”.

The FFB didn’t accept the Sarteneja protest giving validity to the Napoles claim.

 

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