Belize beats St. Kitts, but knocked out of Nations League promotions race

Showing greater tenacity and determination, the Jaguars paid back St. Kitts and Nevis on the road, making Elroy Alexander Smith’s third-minute penalty the winner tonight in Basseterre. Both teams had their chances in a wide-open second half, with Antonio Rocha’s miss being the closest that Belize came to scoring again.

While the Jaguars finally put points on the board, they are out of the chase for promotion to League A of the CONCACAF Nations League and automatic qualification to the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup after a Jamal Charles goal gave hosts Grenada victory over visiting French Guiana in a match that kicked off one hour later than Belize’s.

With 10 points, Grenada is assured of at least second place in the group, and both St. Kitts and Nevis and French Guiana can still catch them. The most Belize can muster is nine points if we win our final two games – home to French Guiana and away to Grenada. That would be good enough for second place if both Grenada and French Guiana avoids defeat against St. Kitts and Nevis in the final weekend of games in November.

If the stroke of luck happens and Belize ends up in second place in League B, it would send Belize to next year’s two-round qualifiers for the Gold Cup. In this qualifier round, the second place teams in League B face off with the group win-ners in League C, then the winners take on the third place teams in League A. So Belize still has something to play for on November 14 and 17, and the Jaguars will hope to salvage more than pride from a lackluster campaign.