Men’s U23 AFECAVOL Championship gets underway
GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, September 15, 2018. - The fourth U23
Men’s AFECAVOL Central American Championship is underway with
the preliminary inspections of all the facilities in Guatemala
City on the eve of the competition.
Delegates of the seven Central American teams presented the
official paper work and credentials during the preliminary
inquiries conducted by AFECAVOL Supervisor Jose Luis Jimenez Lao
and President of the Guatemalan National Federation Aida Boesche
The competition that starts on Sunday at Teodoro Palacios Flores
Gymnasium is expected to be a close one, according to the head
coaches’ first interviews.
Esmidio Limonta, Head Coach of Belize:
“I’ve been in charge for the past five months of all the
national teams, women and men, in Belize; this is why our
preparation was for only one month because I was concentrated in
the women’s team. Our preparation is not much, but of good
quality. As everyone here, our goal is to win”.
Juan Acuña, Head Coach of Costa Rica:
“The group had a good preparation, our expectations are to
finish in the top places because Costa Rica’s performance in the
past event hasn’t been optimum, and we hope to change that. Half
of the team competed in Cuba in the NORCECA Challenge Volleyball
Nations League tournament”.
Feridh Alavi, Head Coach of El Salvador:
“We’ve been training since January; we have a competitive game
level. We hope to perform our best, the team lacks experience,
but we will represent our country well”.
Reider Lucas, Head Coach of Guatemala:
“Our responsibility is of a good result, this team has a long
trajectory that has allowed us to reach a high competitive
level. This group has been working with me since the U19
category and they have won all the Central American
Championships in every category. Seven players won this
tournament two years ago; also, some competed in Barranquilla,
in the Pan American Cup in Mexico and the U21 Continental
Championship in Cuba. This team has great experience and they
are ranked fourth in NORCECA; I am very glad because of their
great level to become our senior national team”.
Juan Andres Leon, Head Coach Honduras:
“The goal is always to win a medal; the team is highly motivated
and comes well prepared. We’ve achieved the task of elevating
our height average, with new players, among them some from
Roatan. Three of our players have experience in the past Central
American Games in Managua. The competition will be very close,
except for Guatemala that has reached a higher level due to
their consistency in the past years; something we’re looking to
do in Honduras”.
Osman Hernandez, Head Coach of Nicaragua:
“Part of the team has won the U-19 and U-21 Central American
championships. Eighty percent of the players are the current
U-21 Central American champs and competed recently in Cuba at
the Continental NORCECA championship; the rest are from the past
U-23 team. The team is in good conditions, we expect a good
result and our goal is to elevate our senior team’s game level.
We’ve been training for eight years, but not with consistency
because of our country’s political situation, still we are
Horacio Angulo, Head Coach of Panama:
“The goal is to keep the same ranking of two years ago in this
category (second place), even if we didn’t have the necessary
time to prepare for the event. This team is very different from
the past one, three of our strongest players are in United Sates
(Uriel, Uber and Cafe), but still our team is well structured to
fight and to perform well”.