BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Dec. 6, 2018– As we go to press at 8:00 p.m. this Thursday night, the word from the PLB is that the Altitude Assassins appeal has not yet been resolved by the FFB’s Appeals Board. So, it looks like another weekend of nothing from the Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2018-2019 Opening Season, which should be roaring into its highly anticipated semifinal playoffs, but for some major bungling and indecision at the highest level of football, the FFB. This football atrocity is squarely at the feet of the Football Federation of Belize (FFB), who are in charge of the referees (the National College of Referees), and the appeals process (the FFB Appeals Board). The controversy surrounds a November 24 game between Altitude Assassins FC and Belmopan Bandits SC. If Assassins should win their appeal, and the game is re-played, they stand a chance of grabbing the fourth playoff spot, presently held by Police United by virtue of goal difference. The Assassins need only 1 point from a draw with the Bandits to replace Police United in the playoffs. Maybe tomorrow a verdict will be announced, but weekend game plans and promotion will be severely handicapped.
Belize City fans were already resigned to seeing no PLB playoff action, after BDF FC bottomed out in this last regular season. But we’re very excited about the match-ups this Saturday in the 2nd leg of the CYDP Peace Cup quarterfinals. (The Peace Cup has substituted for the Belize District 1st Division Amateur Tournament the last couple years.) And then there are the FFB National Youth Club Tournament knockout semifinals this weekend, where our U-15 Males (Hattieville Brown Stars) will be in action at the MCC on Sunday afternoon against Corozal Invaders; while our U-17 Males (Warriors FC – Rush) travel to Corozal’s Ricalde Stadium to face Chunox FC.