Good Evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.
The road to the F.F.B. Inter-District Football Championship screeched to its conclusion yesterday inside the Norman Broaster Stadium as World FC played host to Libertadores of Corozal. Of course, Libertadores would have had to win by a 5 goal margin to claim the title after last week’s capitulation to the Cayo Team in a 5-1 rout at the Ricalde Stadium. Nevertheless, the visitors came in looking for the miracle but World FC in the opening minute of play set the pace with this monster right foot strike from outside the 18 that forces Keron Swaso into a spectacular save. In fact, the Cayo team almost opened the scoreboard off this ensuring corner kick that Jamaal Martinez should have headed into the net.
However, it’s the Libertadores who strike at the 8th minute of play when Clifton West’s strike at goal beats the keeper. Felipe Guy reached the loose ball 1st and smacks it home to keep the championship dream alive. 5 minutes later, Elliot Bermudez outruns the Libertadores defense only to bungle the finish in a one to one situation against Swaso. Talk about intensity people, the Corozal team gets three opportunities to make it a 2-nil ballgame on this press only to walk away empty handed. We’re some 24 minutes in when Keron Swaso fails to intercept this ball in the air because of tardiness—Jamaal Martinez then tries to make the clearance only to come up with the auto goal and we have a tied ballgame. Meanwhile, Felipe Guy gets a second chance to impress the scoreboard and return the lead to Libertadores but it’s obvious the left foot lets him down.
Ok guy gets another crack at it when Clifton West finds him on the right side and this time he misjudges the pill and at the half, we’ve got a 1 all stalemate. Some 15 minutes after intermission, Clifton West launches this dangerous header that bounces outside the far upright. For certain national Team player Clifton West is the man on Libertadores and here he demonstrates why as he fires this left foot into the far corner of the goal to make it a 2-1 ballgame. However, 5 minutes later, the World FC Captain, Joseph Waight stumbles into the goal with the ball to tie the match at 2 apiece and the dream begins to face for Libertadores.
Meanwhile, the home team regains the momentum and Jamaal Martinez goes for the spectacular with the bicycle kick but its right at Jamil McKoy. Everald Bodden then gets this chance to move the scoreboard in favor of World FC but embarrasses himself at the finish. In the waning moments of this ballgame, Miguel Aguilar who had the hat trick in last week’s outing crushes this header into the net for the 3-2 World FC big Win. So World FC winds the 2010 F.F.B. Inter-District Championship with an aggregate of 8 goals to 3 over a worthy opponent—Libertadores—we say congratulations and must add that this Cayo Team looks good. They get $5000 and trophies for this success.
Speaking of the F.F.B. folks, the much anticipated election for President of this FIFA affiliated organization that runs football in Belize is set for this Saturday out the F.F.B. Belmopan Headquarters on Saturday, December 18th. We tried to get Sergio Chuc of the Belize Premier Football League who was to challenge the current president Dr. Bertie Chimilio, but he wasn’t answering his phone.
We spoke to Dr. Chimilio who informed us that Chuc will be ineligible to run because his nomination has not been seconded by any other football organization. Thus it is more than likely that Dr. Bertie Chimilio will return for an unprecedented 4th term. Dr. Bertie was unable to accept our invitation for an interview today here at Channel Five. Maybe we’ll try again tomorrow.
In other football news, Caribbean Motor Cup results from over the weekend shows that Belmopan Blaze consumed Hankook Verdes 4-1. Toledo Ambassadors blanked Griga United 2-zip and the BDF marched our FC Belize in a 2-1 affair.
We also have this news from Los Angeles. The L.A. Warriors under Manager, Charles Hogan, blanked Brazil CDC4, 1-zip at Griffith Park Stadium to claim this year’s soccer title. This Belizean unit now becomes the winningest football team in LA for the 30 years on this particular tournament. You might recognize Malaki Nolberto and Sylvian Lyons on this puicture and it’s good to see Belizean football still going strong in L.A.
In basketball news, the Central Division Champion emerged last week at the Civic Centre. On the girl’s side, Gwen Liz swept Wesley College 3 straight in the best of 5 series, concluding the competition on Friday with a 44-32 Win over Wesley that saw Glenda Torres strike for 20 points, 15 rebounds and Anna Pinto put up 10 points. In male play, Sadie Vernon also wrested the Central Division Title in 3 straight completing the sweep on Friday in an 83-74 final score. Kashief Thomas led the way with 33 points while Matthew Young scored the game high of 42 points in a losing effort. The national tournament now comes up on the 17th and 18th of December at the Civic Centre so stay tuned.
Jah Overall, I’m James Adderley.