Honduras confident but group opponents promise no easy path
POINTE-A-PITRE, Guadeloupe, June 14, 2013 - On the eve of the
opening encounters of the NORCECA Group N Men’s World
Championship Qualification Tournament, team Honduras is
confident of winning the group as they came here with that as
their main purpose. This was the view expressed by team coach
"Having captured gold in the Central American tournament we did
not come here to let our guard down but we are prepared to take
first place", he said.
"We don't know much about the other teams in this zone but we
have about 80% of the players that won the gold medal and we
expect to live up to our reputation", he concluded.
Home team Guadeloupe acknowledged that Honduras is a powerful
team but suggested that home court advantage will play a role.
"We will be playing at home in front our home fans so we will
give it our very best shot", said team coach Oliver Ismael.
“Our preparations have been good coming out of a tough zone and
now we have no choice but to do our utmost", added team captain
Dominica's coach (Robert Guiste) noted that this was the first
time that they had advanced to the second round of the World
"This time around we have a good mix of youth and experienced
players and they are prepared to fight to the end, we will not
go down easy," he concluded.
Team Grenada accepted the title of underdogs and coach Raphel
Bratwaite thinks that this can work in their favour.
"The players are not under any pressure, the vast majority are
young players and so they can fearlessly express their talents
in all departments of the game. Dogs bite!" he warned.
The group qualifying tournament opens with home team Guadeloupe
playing against Grenada at 9:00 at the Paul Chonchon Stadium on