BELMOPAN, Belize – The Belmopan Bandits are back in the Scotiabank CONCACAF League for a second straight year, thanks in part to a trio of Hondurans.
It is a luxury for any squad in CONCACAF to be able to lean on a player who has FIFA World Cup, and such is the good fortune for the Belizean side who have Honduran FW Georgie Welcome in their ranks.
The 33-year-old 2010 World Cup veteran scored a hat-trick for Bandits in their 5-3 win over Defence Force in the second leg of the 2018 Clausura final, earning Bandits an 8-4 aggregate win and a ticket to the 2018 SCL.
Welcome isn’t the only Honduran getting the job done though for Bandits. 33-year-old FW Rony Flores and 28-year-old MF Darwin Bermudez also found the back of the net for Bandits in the second leg against Defence Force.
With these three Catracho weapons in their arsenal, Belmopan Bandits will look to take the next step in CONCACAF play.
The club was eliminated last season’s SCL Round of 16, 5-1 on aggregate to Nicaragua’s Walter Ferretti, in which Welcome scored the lone goal for Bandits.
However, with the experience of last season’s SCL under their belts and the chance to become the first Belizean team to advance from a round in a CONCACAF tournament, Belmopan Bandits will certainly be one to watch.