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Posted: Friday, February 23, 2024. 11:07 am CST.

U15 Belize Boys National Team in 2023 – Photo Credit: FFB

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The Under 16 Belize Men’s National Team  (U16 BMNT) has been invited to play in  an international tournament in Albania by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA).

Technical Director at the Football Federation of Belize (FFB) Philip Marin said he will be heading the team that will compete in the UEFA U16 Youth Development Tournament in Tirana, Albania from March 2-7. Marin is substituting for Head Coach Dale Pelayo who will be busy with the U20 BMNT which will be competing with the Concacaf U20 Championship Qualifiers.

The U16 BMNT will be facing San Marino, Kosovo, and Albania.

Belize will be playing against Albania on Saturday, March 2 at the House of Football Stadium in Tirana. The second game will be against San Marino on Monday, March 4. The final match will pit them against Kosovo on Thursday, March 7.

According to Marin, UEFA organizes the tournament for the lower ranked European teams. UEFA extended the invitation to Concacaf which in turn invited the FFB.

The FFB contingent will consist of 19 players and 8 technical staff members. (See list below.)

The U16 BMNT will be busy this year. They should be competing in the UNCAF U16 Men’s Championship in Costa Rica in June. At the same time, another set of players born in 2008 and 2009 will travel to Germany for an International Training Camp. Then in August, they should compete in the Concacaf U16 Boys Qualifiers.

The U16 BMNT will travel to Guatemala on Tuesday, March 27. They will then fly to Mexico City and from there to Frankfurt, Germany on Wednesday, March 28. Their final leg will take them from Frankfurt to Tirana on Thursday, March 29.


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