BELIZE CITY, Thursday. September 8, 2022
According to reports, the Belize Men’s Under-17 National Team returned home on Tuesday this week after finishing their Group D with 4 points on a draw, loss and victory in the Men’s Under-17 Championship. years of Concacaf 2022 in which the Group D matches took place in Managua, Nicaragua from Wednesday August 31 to Sunday September 4.
Belize drew 1-1 with Antigua & Barbuda (ATG) on Wednesday August 31; lost, 3-0, to hosts Nicaragua on Friday 2 September; and won, 2-0, against Turks and Caicos Islands (TCA) on Sunday 4 September.
Belize finished with 4 points for second place in Group D, behind group winners Nicaragua, who were perfect with 9 points from 3 wins and 0 goals conceded. Third place ATG also had 4 points, but was one goal behind Belize in goal differential. Both teams lost 3-0 to Nicaragua, but while ATG only managed a 1-0 win over 4th place TCA, Belize beat TCA, 2-0, in our last outing on Sunday to clinch 2nd place in the group. The scorers in this victory were Ammad Augustine (14′) and Devin Garbutt (39′); while our only goal in the first 1-1 draw was from Jaheim Mena (15th).
Sounds like a positive outing for a Belize National Youth Team (BLZ); but we are obviously far behind Group D favourites, Nicaragua (NCA) who swept all opponents. Only the group winners will advance to the 2023 Concacaf Men’s Under-17 Championship next year.
See the Group D final standings table.
Among the four groups comprising 19 teams, the group winners progressing through the tournament, as well as the other group members according to the final standings, are as follows:
Group A – Bermuda (2nd Bonaire, 3rd Guyana, 4th Bahamas, 5th British VI, 6th Saint Martin); Group B – Puerto Rico (2nd Aruba, 3rd Martinique, 4th Anguilla, 5th US Virgin I.); Group C – Dominican Republic (2nd Saint Kitts and Nevis, 3rd Cayman Islands, 4th Dominica); and Group D – Nicaragua (2nd Belize, 3rd Antigua and Barbuda, 4th Turks and Caicos Islands).
The above 4 group winners will join the other top-ranked Concacaf teams in next year’s U17 Men’s Championship.