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XVII AFECAVOL U-21 Men’s Championship is ready for kick-off


MANAGUA, Nicaragua, 5 de September de 2017. - The XVII AFECAVOL U-21 Men’s Central American Championship is ready to kick-off from September 5-10 at the IND Volleyball venue in Managua, Nicaragua.


The preliminary inquiry chaired by Bertha Cuadra was held on Tuesday, in which team delegates and coaches presented paper work and uniforms for their proper registration.


Defending champion Guatemala will debut during Thursday’s morning session at 8:30 against Belize; while Costa Rica, 2015 silver medalist starts the competition with the opening match on Wednesday at15:30 facing Belize.


Host Nicaragua will debut for their fans on Wednesday at 17:30 against Panama, after the welcoming words of Nicaragua’s Volleyball Federation President Bertha Cuadra during a brief opening ceremony.


Head coaches spoke with optimism on the eve of the event:


Reider Lucas, Head coach of Guatemala “new players come to this event every two years, my boys are very motivated in doing their best. We had some difficulties gathering all the group for practice, even during the final days of preparation, but we are ready to perform and finish with a good result”.


Juan Acuña, Head coach of Costa Rica “I took charge of the men’s national teams a year ago, our team has tall players who are well prepared, the first result from this process was putting an end to an 8 year drought after beating Nicaragua at the Pan American Cup in Monterrey, giving us hope for a good tournament without underestimating other tough opponents; I believe the tournament will be very even among all the teams and complicated with two sessions per day”.


Eugenio Ortiz, Head coach of Panama “We have only been practicing for one and a half month with players with good height, and one who plays in USA in addition of four players that are set to play in Portugal; despite the short time of practice, I hope to finish among the top four”.


David Vargas, Head coach of El Salvador “There is always a possibility to win the title, it’s not an easy road but no impossible, we have all the conditions to finish in first place, my boys are tough fighters and are motivated, I hope we can show it;  for Ulyses and me this will be our debut as indoor coaches for national teams, we have coached in schools and colleges, and as beach volleyball coaches for a while; we are very excited with this first experience and we want to give a good impression”.


Alejandro Castillo, Head coach of Honduras “we are here to win, the team is young but experienced, we are prepared for a high leveled competition and we are aware that other teams have good preparation. There is a lot of pressure for us, mostly after this year’s great results from our women’s teams, we hope for an excellent tournament for us”.


Osman Hernández, Head coach of Nicaragua “my team will battle strong, we are well prepared for the competition, my players wanted to perform in home soil, we are waiting to start and play for the top places”.


Opening day on Wednesday September 6 features Costa Rica vs. Belize at 15:30, followed by Nicaragua against Panama at 17:30 and closing the day at 19:30 with Honduras against El Salvador.