Sports — 27 August 2013

The Belize Male U-15 National Team returned home early this afternoon to a hero’s welcome at the PGIA, including a motorcade through the city streets and a press conference at the Radisson, after recording an unprecedented 3 wins 1 loss record at the inaugural CONCACAF Under-15 Championship in the Cayman Islands. Our “Baby Jaguars” finished 2nd in Group B, and the team they lost 1-nil to, Guatemala, lost in the championship finals, 2-1, to Honduras.

The Baby Jaguars beat St. Lucia, 1-0; defeated Jamaica, 3-1; then lost, 1-nil, to Guatemala; and finished with a 6-1 victory over Grenada.

Only a couple hours later this afternoon, our Belize Female U-20 National Team also touched down at the PGIA, returning from Honduras, where they had made a very good showing, despite losing all 3 games. They lost 1-nil to host Honduras, and by identical 4-3 scores to Guatemala and El Salvador. It was a pre-qualifying tournament for the CONCACAF Women U-20 Championship in Cayman in January next year, which is a qualifying tournament to the FIFA Women U-20 World Cup Canada 2014. For once, our Belize National Women team was not a pushover for our Central American opponents, and have served notice of better things to come.

We celebrate our Baby Jaguars and our Lady Jaguars for their tremendous effort in representing Belize proudly, and thanks to all who had a hand in this big step forward for Belize football – the FFB, coaches, sponsors, parents, Belizeans and friends at home and abroad who prayed for their success and safe return home. Give thanks to the Most High.

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