Good Evening, I’m James Adderley. Welcome to this serving of Sports Monday.
In the domestic front, Belizean football appears to be in disarray wit the National Sports Council’s suspension of both the Football Federation of Belize headed by Dr. Bertie Chimilio and the newly formed National Football Association under president, Michael Blease. However, on the international stage that perception might not necessarily hold true. After beating Montserrat 5-2 on June 16th in the away match of their FIFA World Cup qualifier, Team Belize was forced to stage its home game inside San Pedro Sula, Honduras yesterday since the powers that be refused to have this match staged here in the Jewel. In fact, a 5 man delegation from FIFA should meet with the authorities this Wednesday in an effort to map the way forward. Nevertheless, at 3 p.m. yesterday, it was kickoff time between Belize and Montserrat with a bid to the next round of the FIFA World Cup qualifier at stake.
At the 26th minute of this ballgame, Daniel Jimenez puts Belize on the scoreboard for a 1-nil lead that gives his team some breathing room. This brought a mighty response from Montserrat after intermission as Jay Lee Hodgson tied the score at the 59th minute. Two minutes later, Deon McCauley, the author of that hat-trick in game 1 scores an important goal for Belize to make it 2-1. Luis Mendez then gets on to the scoreboard at the 63rd minute as Belize goes on to post the 3-1 victory over Montserrat—a team they were expected to beat anyway.
Thus Team Belize wins the 2 game series in an 8-3 aggregate and are headed to the next round. On July 30th, the draw will be held in Brazil on who will be hosting the 2014 World Cup. In the meantime, we understand yesterday’s match will be shown in entirety on Channel 5 right after the news.
In cycling news, over 50 riders suited up for the weekend warriors’ race that left Cotton Tree Primary School yesterday at 8:30 a.m. enroute to Leslie Imports just outside Belize City for some 40 miles. And they’re off.
At Mahogany Heights, we find a 3-man lead which includes Preston Martinez and Wilbert Jones trying to pull out of the pack. The pelathon makes their effort so much more difficult by staying within striking distance in a pretty compact unit.
Going into Hattieville, the lead pack is now 10 strong. And again the pelathon remains persistent in keeping up with the pace. At mile 10, it’s Preston Martinez grabbing the final prize on the route as he beat out Wilbert Jones as Frampton hangs on.
Around Mile 6, we find a spill that takes Dangalang Thurton, Santino Castillo and Andrew Ordonez out of the money. Going down the homestretch, we’ve got a new configuration—Preston Martinez is gone, but we’ve got Amir Gonzalez, Barney Brown, Mark Gentle, Wilbert Jones and John Burns on the pace.
We’re going to the tape now and it’s Barney Brown being challenged by Amir Gonzalez. Brown holds on for top honors forcing Gonzalez into 2nd, Mark Gentle pulls up 3rd as Roque Matus rolls in 4th while Wilbert Jones rounds out the top 5. We say congratulations to all.
In basketball news, the National U-17 Team continues its preparation for the upcoming U-17 Centro Basket in Gurabo Puerto Rico from August 3rd to the 7th. Head Coach is Fred Garcia and he is being assisted by Fred Gabourel, Matthew Smiling and Bernie Tarr. Only 12 players will make the trip from the daily workouts. That’s it for sports tonight.
Jah Overall, I’m James Adderley.