Thursday, June 20, 2024

Puerto Cortez and San Pedro football teams to square off on Saturday


A football delegation from Puerto Cortez, Honduras was on Ambergris Caye on the invitation of the San Pedro Lobster Festival Committee. The visit from the southern neighbors was part of the celebration for the Lobster Fest that took place Saturday June 21st on the island. As part of the event, a veteran’s football match was played at the Ambergris Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

President of the Honduran Veteran League Welner Maldonado said that this is the third occasion that residents of both San Pedro Town and Puerto Cortez are involved in football exchange competitions. “We are happy to be amongst our Belizean brothers and sisters. Over the past two years, we have been building ties between the two communities. We are here to play a football match, but most importantly to strengthen the bridge of friendship and collaboration between the two municipalities. We know that San Pedro Town has a big Honduran community, and over the past years, Belize has been a home to them and so we have love and respect for Belize. We consider the people of this country a part of us and so we invite the residents to come and enjoy a good football match,” said Maldonado.
After the two national anthems of both countries were played, the teams faced each other in a friendly match. The first half of the game ended in a scoreless encounter but when the second half resumed, the San Pedro Veterans team was able to execute two goals. The visiting teams tried to bounce back from the two goals but their efforts were unsuccessful.
Head of the delegation Leny Rosalez told The San Pedro Sun that during the two previous exchanges, the Veterans Football Team of Puerto Cortez have lost to the San Pedro Veterans Team, and this time around, they had hoped for a better outcome. Nevertheless, they had a wonderful visit.
While on the island, the visitors enjoyed a snorkeling trip to Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley courtesy of Elito Arceo of Seaduced by Belize, and even went fishing with Pany Arceo.

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