Sanpedrano Isaul Coba makes the U-17 National Football Team
Thursday, November 6th, 2014
16-year-old Isaul Coba, better known in the island as “Chapo”, was selected to represent Belize as part of the Under-17 (U-17) National Male Football Team. The team travelled to Costa Rica on Sunday, November 2nd to participate in the Central American Football Union (UNCAF) U-17 Qualifiers. The qualifiers will determine the teams that will represent the region at the 2015 Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) U-17 Championship.
The UNCAF U-17 Qualifiers is divided into two triangular tournaments. Belize is participating in the first tournament alongside the U-17 male national teams of Costa Rica and El Salvador. The tournament runs from Tuesday, November 4th to Friday, November 8th with each team playing two games. All tournament games are played at the Estadio Edgardo Baltadano in Liberia, Costa Rica. Belize faced off against Costa Rica in the first game of the tournament which ended in a 3-1 loss for Belize. The second match will be met on Thursday, November 6th, and will see Belize facing off against El Salvador. The last match is between Costa Rica and El Salvador on Saturday, November 8th.
The second triangular tournament will be held in Panama from Wednesday, November 26th to Sunday November 30th with Guatemala, Nicaragua and Panama. The first place winners of each triangular tournament will earn a slot at the championship. The second place winners of each triangular tournament will face off in hope of winning the finals slot for the championship. Because Honduras is hosting the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship they will not participate in qualifying, and have automatically earned a slot for the tournament.
The 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship will be held in San Pedro Sula, Honduras from February 27, 2015 to March 14, 2015. The four advancing UNCAF teams will be competing alongside the Caribbean Football Union champions Haiti, Jamaica, Cuba, Saint Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago, as well as Canada, United States of American and Mexico, who automatically qualify.
To see full schedule and standings for the tournament, visit www.concacaf.com/category/under-17s-men. Best of luck boys!
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