Tegucigalpa, Nov 6 (EFE) .- The new coach of Honduras, Colombian Hernán Darío Gómez, called up 26 players this Saturday for the Concacaf qualifying matches for the World Cup in Qatar against Panama and Costa Rica.
Gómez, who took Panama to play its first absolute World Cup, that of Russia 2018, today introduced some changes with respect to those usually called by his predecessor, the Uruguayan Fabián Coito, who was dismissed due to poor results after six days of the tournament. Octagonal end of the playoffs.
Honduras occupies the last place in the league that delivers three direct spots to Qatar 2022 and one to play a play-off. The H has added 3 points out of 18 possible, and is 11 behind the leader Mexico.
The challenge for Colombian Gómez, who also led the senior teams of Colombia and Ecuador in world cups, is to straighten the course of the team in the eight remaining dates.
Honduras will host Panama on November 12, fourth ranked with 8 points. And four days later he will visit Costa Rica, fifth with 6.
Gomez has asked for unity and support from the fans for his new players.
The Colombian coach conducted a microcycle in Tegucigalpa with 18 players from teams that compete in the local Apertura tournament, but from now on the concentration has moved to San Pedro Sula, in the north of the country, where the match with Panama will be played.
At the last minute, the new Honduras coach decided to call up defender Christopher Meléndez to replace Andy Najar, who plays for the US DC UNited.
List of summoned players:
Goalkeepers: Luis López, Edrick Menjívar and Roberto López.
Defenders: Maynor Figueroa (Dynamo-USA), Denil Maldonado (Everton-CHL), Marcelo Pereira, Carlos Meléndez, Omar Elvir, Kevin Álvarez, Andy Najar (DC United-USA) and Diego Rodríguez.
Midfielders: Alex López (Alajuelense-CRC), Deiby Flores (Panetolikos-GRE), Kervin Arriaga, Edwuin Rodríguez, José Mario Pinto and Byran Acosta (Dallas-USA) and Alfredo Mejía Levadiakos-GRE).
Forwards: Luis Enrique Palma, Bryan Róchez (Nacional-POR), Bryan Moya (Primero de Agosto-ANG), Alberth Elis (Girondins-FRA), Romell Quioto (Montreal-USA), Rubilio Castillo (Royal Pari-PER) Anthony Lozano (Cádiz-ESP) and Jonathan Rubio (Academia Coimbra-POR).