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Posted: Wednesday, February 28, 2024. 3:21 pm CST.

Under 16 Belize Men’s National Team  (U16 BMNT) – Photo Credit: FFB

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The Under 16 Belize Men’s National Team (U16 BMNT) left Belize on Tuesday enroute to Albania for an international tournament under the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA).

Technical Director at the Football Federation of Belize (FFB) Philip Marin is heading the team that will compete in the UEFA U16 Youth Development Tournament in Tirana, Albania from March 2-7.

The U16 BMNT will be playing against San Marino, Kosovo, and Albania in the tournament organized by UEFA for the lower ranked European teams. UEFA extended the invitation to Concacaf which in turn invited the FFB.

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 be against Kosovo on Thursday, March 7.

Under 16 Belize Men’s National Team  (U16 BMNT) with FFB President Sergio Chuc – Photo Credit: FFB

On Tuesday, February 27, FFB President Sergio Chuc had breakfast with the U16 BMNT in Belmopan and saw them off as they left for Guatemala City on the first leg of their trip. On Wednesday, February 28, they left Guatemala City enroute to Mexico City where they were to fly to Frankfurt, Germany. The final leg will take them from Frankfurt to Tirana on Thursday, March 29.

The FFB contingent consists of 20 players and eight technical staff members. (See list below.)

The European tournament will help the U16 BMNT to be better prepared for the UNCAF U16 Men’s Championship which will be held in Costa Rica in June. In June as well, another set of players born in 2008 and 2009 will travel to Germany for an International Training Camp. Then in August, the U16 BMNT should compete in the Concacaf Championship U16 Boys Qualifiers.



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