Posted: Monday, November 20, 2023. 11:45 am CST.
Sabrina Eiley with her dad Twile Eiley – (Photo Courtesy: Sabrina Eiley)
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Driven by the love and memory of her late father, Sabrina Eiley led her team, the Sagitun GIRLZ , to an 18-0 blowout of the Cayo Dreamers in the National Amateur Women’s League (NAWL) at the FFB Stadium in Belmopan on Saturday night.
The Cayo Dreamers, who have not been having a good tournament, stood no chance against the unstoppable NAWL subchampions Sagitun GIRLZ captained by Sabrina, who had hours earlier put her late father Twile Eiley to rest in Placencia.
Sabrina had promised her father, who was also father to ex-Belize Men’s National Team captain Dalton Eiley and who up to last season played for Altitude FC, to score two goals the previous week. Though she couldn’t then when he was still alive (he passed away last Tuesday), she wanted to fulfill that promise this past Saturday. She did far more than that; she scored an amazing total of ten.
“Dad, yesterday’s victory was dedicated to you,” Sabrina, who is also the captain of the Belize Women’s National Team, said in a social media post.
“I recall coordinating funeral arrangements with my siblings, expressing my desire to play on Saturday after the service. Despite my sadness, attending the match held more significance than any other in the league. I told myself I had to go and score my dad’s two goals. Yesterday, everything aligned perfectly. The day unfolded beautifully from sunrise to sunset.
“The sea looked calm, and the morning was peaceful. The sunset, equally beautiful, greeted me after scoring a goal, and I couldn’t help but say, ‘Dad, I love you, and thanks for always believing in me.’”
Sabrina said that though initially she just wanted to score two, her aim when she left Placencia for Belmopan, was to score four as her godfather also had a wish.
“As I prepared to leave Placencia for the match after the funeral, my Godfather stopped to give me a hug, expressing his wish for me to score two goals, one for him and one for my dad. With the incredible support and understanding of my teammates, I managed to score ten goals, surpassing the four I initially aimed for (two I owed my dad and two my Godfather requested ). I am genuinely grateful to be part of such an amazing team; Sagitun GIRLZ is my family, standing by me through thick and thin,” Sabrina said in her post.
“A heartfelt thank you to everyone who supported my dad throughout his lifetime. In these past weeks, I witnessed the immense love he received, with countless visitors and people willing to help without being asked. I cannot express my gratitude enough.”
Despite winning by so many goals, the Sagitun GIRLZ didn’t brag about their win on social media
“What a team!!! Little bit of a different outcome this time! Still tweaking the pieces a bit but was better this time,” the Sagitun GIRLZ said.
Before the game, they had dedicated the game to Sabrina’s father.
“Off to the Capital today as we play our last game of the first round. Our captain’s dad was laid to rest today, this game is in his honor!”
While for the Sagitun GIRLZ it was a bitter-sweet win, for the Cayo Dreamers the loss was disastrous. They have been ailing in the NAWL as they fell 12-0 to champions Jewel Fury the previous week.
In the other weekend games, Jewel Fury routed Verdes Rebels 9-0 on Saturday, while Napoles trampled Caribbean Tire 8-1.
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