SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (AP) – Honduran captain Maynor Figueroa sent a message to his teammates ahead of the crucial home game against Jamaica on Wednesday: “We are hopeful and we continue to depend on ourselves.”
The veteran of several qualifying rounds will be an important loss in the catracha team in the clash against the Jamaicans for the sixth date of the octagonal final of CONCACAF heading to the Qatar World Cup in 2022. The 38-year-old defender was expelled on Sunday in the defeat 3-0 away from Mexico.
However, Figueroa’s words weigh heavily and seek to help change the course of his crestfallen selection, penultimate in the table after five rounds. Honduras barely adds three units, one more than the last place Jamaica, which has two.
Mexico is the leader with 11 points and is escorted by the United States (8), Panama (8), all three in the direct classification zone; Canada (7) and in the playoff zone, Costa Rica (6) and El Salvador (5).
“It will be a crucial game for both of us,” Jamaica’s helmsman Theodore Whitmore told local media. “For us every game is a final and we hope to do well.”
The Honduran fans are losing more and more optimism with their team and the local media indicate that the Uruguayan coach Fabián Coito would be directing his last game with the H. After falling by beating at home against the United States 4-1, Honduras did not could go from the draw at home against Costa Rica on the following date. Then came the win in Mexico.
“We are going to go out and look for the game in any case, for the win,” said forward Alberth Elis, of French Bordeaux. “We hope that the fans will support us from start to finish because this has not been lost, the tie is at stake and against Jamaica we are eager to succeed ”.
After the setback on Sunday, Coito said that the most important thing was to prepare for the game against Jamaica and that later he would analyze the issue of its continuity. The Uruguayan has not been able to add a victory so far in the final round, something that did not happen in previous processes, with the Honduran Ramón Maradiaga (2002) and the Colombians Luis Fernando Suárez (2014) and Jorge Luis Pinto (2018).
Suárez, who now manages Costa Rica, qualified Honduras for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, in what was his third World Cup run after Spain 1982 and South Africa 2010.
The Caribbeans, for their part, also arrive with morale on the floor after drawing without goals at home against Canada and due to the absence in this process of several of their top figures and who are active in the English Premier League.
The last two meetings between the two teams in knockout matches date back to the final hexagonal to Brazil 2014, in which Honduras beat Jamaica 2-0 in the first leg and drew 2-2 in the second leg.
The match will be played at the San Pedro Sula Olympic Stadium, in the Honduran Caribbean.