BELIZE CITY, Mon. Mar. 22, 2021– The full contingent of the Belize National “A” Team delegation left the Philip Goldson International Airport shortly after noon yesterday, Sunday, en route to Port Au Prince, Haiti through Miami via American Airlines.
The Belize Jaguars are today relaxing safely in their hotel, despite reports of some unsettling interruptions in their bus ride to their hotel yesterday, a suspected spinoff of political turmoil in Haiti in advance of elections which are due later this year. (See FFB press release on the Jaguars elsewhere in this issue.)
Belize has been placed in Group E for the CONCACAF World Cup 2022 Qualifiers along with
Haiti, Turks & Caicos Islands, Nicaragua, and Saint Lucia.
Belize, currently ranked at #170 in FIFA World Ranking and #23 on the 35 countries in Concacaf, is a definite underdog in our first game against hosts, Haiti, who are currently at #84 in the World and #10 in Concacaf. Haiti hosts Belize on Thursday, March 25, at 2:00 p.m. Belize time at the Stade Sylvio Cator in Port Au Prince, the capital of Haiti.
Next week Tuesday, March 30, in what should have been a home game for Belize, the Jaguars will host Turks & Caicos Islands at the Estadio Panamericano in San Cristobal, Dominican Republic. Turks & Caicos are currently at #203 in the World and #32 in Concacaf, so Belize should be the favorite in this one.
Our next game should be against (#149 W, #16 C) Nicaragua in Nicaragua on June 4; and Belize hosts (#175 W, #24 C) St. Lucia on June 8.
Against the odds or not on Thursday, Go Jaguars! Le’s go, Belize!!