BELIZE CITY, Mon. Feb. 1, 2021– With Covid-19 restrictions still in place against competitive football games in Belize, the Football Federation of Belize (FFB) has been seeking talented foreign-based Belizeans to strengthen its playing roster for upcoming World Cup qualifiers in late March of this year. In a press release on Wednesday, January 20, the FFB welcomed the latest recruit, Deshawon Nembhard, to our National Senior Team. (Earlier on that same date, the FFB had also introduced Glenford Anthony Gentle III as a new member of its U19 national team.)
26-year-old Deshawon Nembhard last played as a left-back defender with Charleston Battery of the USL in its 2020 season. At 6’1″ and 187 lbs, Deshawon seems to be made of the right stuff, and he has also demonstrated a flair for the attack. (See below.)
From the FFB release:
“Nembhard was born in Corozal Town, Belize and moved to Dallas, Texas at age four. He started playing football at age 8 for Solar Chelsea Academy and continued playing with them until he was 18 years. He also played with Southern Methodist University throughout his freshman year, where he led the team in assists and was 3rd in minutes. Additionally, Nembhard also made the All-Conference freshman team.
“In 2014, he transferred to Florida International University where he continued playing football. He played with them for four years in which they won two Conference USA championships, had two NCAA tournament appearances, as well as an undefeated regular season.
“Nembhard notes that his professional season was with Charleston Battery of the USL Championship, in which he recorded 2 assists and reached the Eastern Conference semifinals. It is also important to note that he played with FC Miami City in 2018.
“Currently he is a free agent ahead of the 2021 USL Championship season.
“Nembhard shared that he is proud and honored to have the opportunity to represent Belize at the national level and vows to give his best in the interest of the team and the country.”
From oursportscentral.com article, “Battery Sign Former FIU Standout, Deshawon Nembhard,” dated February 10, 2020:
“Following a successful first season with SMU, Nembhard transferred to Florida International University (FIU). Over the next three years, Nembhard would go on to make 36 appearances for the Panthers, starting in 25 matches. His offensive game paid dividends for the Panthers as Nembhard scored two goals his senior year, both of which proved to be match-winners, while adding on one assist. Nembhard finished with five assists while at FIU and helped the Panthers take down Omaha, 2-0, in the 2017 NCAA tournament.”