Costa Rica aiming to continue reigning at AFECAVOL U-18
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras, August 16, 2017. – Costa Rica will be
seeking their eighth title as the XII AFECAVOL Girls’ U-18
Central American Championship is set to get underway on Thursday
On the eve of the event, coaches indicated to be eager to start
the actions while this will be the first international
experience for most of their players. Nicaragua
is scheduled to arrive late on Wednesday night.
Delio Arruebarrena, Belize: “My
team brings a good preparation and is ready to compete, for me
concentration will be the main issue to control in our
performance and it will play an important role to finish in a
good position. Six players are born in 2002 and six in 2006. Two
players competed at the U-20 championship, giving confidence to
Mario Romero, Costa Rica: “Being
the title holder comes with great responsibility, the pressure
is a positive factor because it moves us to perform at our best.
The team is well prepared; it has been a group effort between
the Federation, coaching staff, and players, in addition to the
parents support, a key factor at this age-group category. I
consider that my team can win the title once more”.
Eric Hernández, El Salvador: “The
team has been practicing for six months. Three of my players
were part of the U-20 national team that competed recently in
Belize and for the rest this will be their first international
experience. My goal is to finish among the top two”.
Julio Domínguez, Guatemala: “Every
team here comes with a backpack full of illusion, hopes and
dreams, with the desire of putting to the test their hard work.
Among the players is Paola Alvarado, she has been part of
several processes, including senior and also Jimena Castellanos
who has competed internationally. We hope to reach our goals;
one of them is finishing among the medalists”.
Catarine Leiva, Honduras: “I
am coming with big expectations, my girls are very excited after
Honduras finished second a couple of weeks ago at the U-20
AFECAVOL championship; Nathaly Perez was a key player in that
event and she has taken charge spreading the energy to the
entire team. At the beginning I was motivating the team to have
a decent competition, but that has changed; the girls have
exploded in emotion. This is a very young team that is ready to