501 Stars Academy arrives well in Nicaragua for the U-17 UNCAF Club Championship in Nicaragua


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Posted: Saturday, August 13, 2022. 1:59 p.m. CST.

Photo credit: Stanley Jordan Reneau

By Ruben Morales Iglesias: Belize City’s 501 Stars Academy arrived safely in Managua, Nicaragua on Friday for the Central American Football Union (UNCAF) U-17 Club Championship.

The 501 Stars Academy team left Belize by the road Thursday led by coach Stanley ‘Jordan’ Reneau. They traveled through Guatemala and Honduras and arrived on Friday afternoon.

The regional tournament takes place from Sunday August 14 to Saturday August 20. All matches will be played at the Managua National Football Stadium.

Seven teams are taking part, including two clubs from Nicaragua. EL Salvador is not participating.

501 Stars Academy are part of Group A along with Real Estelí from Nicaragua, AFFI Academia from Honduras and Xelajú from Guatemala.

Group B consists of Nicaragua’s Zelaya Central, Panama’s Plaza Amador and Costa Rica‘s Liga Deportiva Alajuelense.

The 501 Stars Academy will face Central American sub-champion Real Estelí on Sunday August 14 at 7:30 p.m. Their second match is against AFFI Academia at 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday, August 16. In the last group game, they will face Xelajú on Thursday August 18 at 5:15 p.m. as well.

The final, the match for third place and the match for fifth place will be played on Saturday August 20. As long as they finish in the top three of the pool, 501 Stars Academy will play on the closing day. The team in fourth place in the group automatically finishes last and does not play on August 20.

In 2019, the Municipal of Guatemala won the last regional club championship by beating Real Estelí of Nicaragua 1-0 in the final in Choluteca in Honduras. Piratas of Honduras took third place by beating Sporting San Miguelito of Panama 5-4 on penalties.

Belize did not participate in this tournament.


Sunday August 14

Alajuelense vs. Zelaya Central 2:00 p.m.

AFFI Academia Vs Xelajú 4:15 p.m.

Real Estelí Vs 501 Stars Academy at 7:30 p.m.

tuesday august 16

Zelaya Central Vs Plaza Amador 2:00 PM

501 Stars Academy vs. AFFI Academia 4:15 p.m.

Xelajú vs Real Estelí 7:30 p.m.

Thursday August 18

Plaza Amador vs. Alajuelense 2:00 p.m.

501 Stars Academy vs. Xelajú 4:15 p.m.

Real Estelí vs AFFI Academia 7:30 p.m.

Saturday August 20

Group A 3rd Place Vs Group B 3rd Place 2:30 p.m.

Group B 2nd Place Vs Group A 2nd Place 5:00 p.m.

Group A 1st Place Vs Group B 1st Place 7:30 p.m.

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