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Belize U17 breaks even; 2nd place in Group D at Concacaf Men’s Under 17 Championship

SportsBelize U17 breaks even; 2nd place in Group D at Concacaf Men’s Under 17 Championship

BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Sept. 8, 2022

According to some reports, the Belize National U17 Men’s Team returned home on Tuesday of this week after completing their Group D play with 4 points from a draw, a loss, and a win at the 2022 Concacaf Men’s Under-17 Championship in which the Group D games were held 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, September 2; and won, 2-0, over Turks & Caicos Islands (TCA) on Sunday, September 4.

Belize ended up with 4 points for second place in Group D, behind group winner Nicaragua who were perfect with 9 points from 3 wins and 0 goals allowed. Third place ATG also had 4 points, but were a goal behind Belize in the goal differential. Both teams lost 3-0 to Nicaragua, but while ATG only managed a 1-0 victory over 4th place TCA, Belize beat TCA, 2-0, in our last outing on Sunday to clinch 2nd place in the group. Goal scorers in that victory were Ammad Augustine (14’) and Devin Garbutt (39’); while our lone goal in the 1-1 opening draw was by Jaheim Mena (15’).

This looks like a positive outing for a Belize (BLZ) national youth team; but we are obviously well behind Group D favorite Nicaragua (NCA) who swept all opponents. Only the group winners will advance to next year’s 2023 Concacaf Men’s Under-17 Championship.

See Group D final standings chart.

From the four groups comprising 19 teams, the group winners advancing in the tournament, along with other group members according to final standings, are as follows:

Group A – Bermuda (2nd Bonaire, 3rd Guyana, 4th Bahamas, 5th British V.I., 6th Saint Martin); Group B – Puerto Rico (2nd Aruba, 3rd Martinique, 4th Anguilla, 5th U.S. Virgin I.); Group C – Dominican Republic (2nd St. Kitts & Nevis, 3rd Cayman Islands, 4th Dominica); and Group D – Nicaragua (2nd Belize, 3rd Antigua & Barbuda, 4th Turks & Caicos Islands).

The 4 group winners above will join the other higher ranked Concacaf teams in next year’s Men’s U17 Championship.

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