Six teams to battle at Men’s Central American Cup


GUATEMALA CIY, Guatemala, February 3, 2013. – Six teams are set to battle for the title at the XVII Men’s Central American Volleyball Cup that kicks off on Monday at Teodoro Palacios Flores Gymnasium of Guatemala City.


During the preliminary inquiry and technical meeting the coaches commented their ambitions for the tournament as they expect to meet high standards in preparation for the X Central American Games to take place next month in Costa Rica.


Cesar Salas (Costa Rica) “This cup as well as the Central American Games to take place in a month are of great importance for our federation and that is why our preparation for both competitions has been intense. One of our major goals is maintaining our title.”


Gabriel Linares (El Salvador) “Since October I was incorporated to the men’s team and in December I took charge as the coach. We’ve been training full time with a young group of players that wish to win. Our expectations are to finish among the first three places.”


Reider Lucas (Guatemala) “Winning the tournament is the objective of all our athletes and the technical staff, we feel optimistic that this is the moment to obtain it. Our team has a suitable age as a group, with experienced players, others who have grown with a process and new talents.”


Rony Martinez (Honduras) “We’ve incorporated some U23 players that have worked consciously to our senior. We are missing Luis Salgado who plays in Finland but he will be with us for the Central American Games. Our mind is set on wining first place.”


Jorge Luis Mena (Nicaragua) “We’ll try to have a good performance because we are presenting a new team, with young players and the objective is for them to acquire experience for future competitions.”


Horacio Calderon (Panama) “In the past years we have suffered some changes in our national team the reason why Panama’s performance has been lower, but we brought a good team that can recover the title.”