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Belize Women’s National Team prepare for Monday’s game against Aruba aiming for perfect 6-0 record

Posted: Saturday, December 2, 2023. 4:27 pm CST.

A look at BWNT’s busy schedule leading up to Aruba game

Belize Women’s National Team celebrating Mikhaila Bowden’s (4) goal in 2-0 win over Aruba on Independence Day 2023 – (Photo Credit: FFB/Will Moreno Photography)

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: With the pressure of finishing first in Group A and qualifying for the CONCACAF League B off their backs, the Belize Women’s National Team (BWNT) are now driven by their quest to finish group play with a flawless 6-0 record. That can be achieved with a victory on Monday against Aruba at the Guillermo P. Trinidad Stadium in Oranjestad at 3:00 pm (1:00 pm Belize Time).

The BWNT have shown great skill, teamwork, and passion throughout the first five games and they are confident they can end it on a high note.

So far, the Belize Women’s National Team have played five games and won all of them, scored 19 goals, and allowed only one. Bonaire scored in Belize’s 5-1 victory on Thursday in Rincon, Bonaire.

Captain Sabrina Eiley in 2-0 win over Aruba; Eiley has been pivotal to Belize’s excellent performance – (Photo Credit: FFB/Will Moreno Photography)

From Bonaire, the BWNT traveled to Aruba on Friday and are now preparing for the game on Monday. The BWNT have a very busy schedule ahead of Monday’s match, according to Football Federation of Belize (FFB) Technical Director Philip Marin, who is accompanying the team coached by Wayne Casimiro.

Whatever the game’s outcome, the BWNT have already accomplished their main goal of moving up from League C to League B. Quite the opposite of what happened to the Belize Men’s National Team who were unable to maintain the status and fell from League B to League C.

League C is the lowest ranked league in CONCACAF. The regional body divided the countries into three leagues, the A, composed by the top tier teams, the B and the C.

BWNT’s Tamara Baptist controlling the defensive line in 2-0 win over Aruba in Belmopan game – (Photo Credit: FFB/Will Moreno Photography)

The BWNT have proven to be very consistent at this level of competition despite not counting on a number of key players, such as Jayda Brown, Kaite Jones and Shante Chacon, who missed this trip.

Even though the Aruba game doesn’t have any bearing on the ranking, this should be Belize’s toughest match. Though Belize already beat Aruba, the 2-0 score in Belmopan on Independence Day, is the toughest challenge they have had so far.

Aruba are coming off an away 8-0 blowout of Turks and Caicos Islands and will be aiming to secure the only blemish on Belize’s record.

The BWNT, however, are very focused on the goal.

After flying from Bonaire to Curacao and then to Aruba on Friday, on Saturday the BWNT got a massage and medical checkup and are having a practical session in the late afternoon.

On Sunday morning, they’ll have another massage and medical checkup followed by a video session ahead of lunch. Another massage/medical checkup will follow before heading out to the Guillermo P. Trinidad Stadium for the official training session at 4:00 pm (2:00 pm Belize Time). After that Concacaf will conduct the compulsory Passport Check. Once that’ over, the BWNT will have a water therapy session.

Belize’s starting eleven vs Aruba on September 21 – (Photo Credit: FFB/Will Moreno Photography)

On gameday on Monday, December 4, they’ll start out with a massage and medical checkup before having a match preparation meeting at 11:00 am (9:00 am Belize Time). After having lunch they leave for the Stadium for the 3:00 pm (1:00 pm Belize Time) match.

Once the game is over the BWNT will have another water therapy session before supper and bedtime.

Must mention here that phones are collected at 9:00 pm and bed time is 10:00 pm every night. On Monday, after the game they get to keep their phones, but bedtime is still 10:00 pm.

On Tuesday, December 5, they’ll start their journey back, via Panama City and Cancun, arriving at the Mexico/Belize border by 6:00 am on Wednesday, December 6.

Belize Women’s National Team after defeating Aruba 2-0 on September 21 – (Photo Credit: FFB/Will Moreno Photography)

Belize’s five games in Group A in the Concacaf W Road to Gold Cup

September 21, 2023


Mikhaila Bowden 65′

Sabrina Eiley 90’+1

September 25, 2023


Mikhaila Bowden 34′

Khalydia Velasquez 48′, 64′

October 26, 2023


Mikhaila Bowden 11′, 67′

Khalydia Velasquez 36′

Shamika Lambey 49′

Sabrina Eiley 54′

Ashley Rodríguez 77′

October 30, 2023


Kaite Jones 44’, 52’

Khalydia Velasquez 48’

November 29, 2023


Belize: Khalydia Velasquez 18’

Sabrina Eiley 41’, 49’

Carlene Tillett 81’, 90’+3

Bonaire: Yurgy-Ann Visers 28’

Group A Standings

Belize 15

Aruba 9

Bonaire 4

Turks and Caicos Islands 1


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