PANAMA WINS CONCACAF BEACH SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIPS

Written by on March 1, 2017

Panama shocked its competitors by winning it’s first ever CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championships.

Held in Nassau, Bahamas, the CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship served as the qualifer event for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup – which will also be held in Nassau, April 27 -May 7.

16 teams from the Caribbean, North America, and South America competed in the CONCACAF qualifer, that ended with Panama winning the championship and earning its first ever trip the FIFA World Cup.

Panama won with a 4-2 win over defending champions Mexico and Panama’s Alfonso Maquensi was awarded the Golden Ball and Player of the match awards.

Prior to beating Mexico – who was favored to win the championship after claiming all 9 of 9 possible points in its Group, Panama defeated El Salvador and the U.S., to advance to the finals, with both games being decided on penalties.

As the final 2 teams, Panama and Mexico move on to face 14 other teams in the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.

With its second place finish, Mexico also advances for the 5th time in its history, as does El Salvador who finished third by beating Guadeloupe 7-2.

Host Bahamas earned its right to advanced to the FIFA World Cup by hosting the CONCACAF championships, but solidifie it’s place after defeating its Group A second in a clean sweep.

Final standings
1. Panama

2. Mexico

3. El Salvador

4. Guadeloupe

5. USA

6. Bahamas

7. Trinidad and Tobago

8. Jamaica

Other event highlights include the following awards”

BEST YOUNG PLAYER
Jamal Haynes (Guyana)

FAIR PLAY
Canada

GOLDEN BALL
Alfonso Maquensi (Panama)

GOLDEN BOOT
Jose Ramon Maldonado Alonso (Mexico) & Marlon Meza (Belize), 12 goals

GOLDEN GLOVE
Diego Villaseñor (Mexico)

Player of the Tournament
Alfonso Maquensi (Panama)

Top scorers
Ramon Maldonado (Mexico) and Marlon Meza – 12 goals


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