SANTA ROSA DE COPAN, Honduras, september 10,
Rica is looking for a hat-trick at the XIV
AFECAVOL U19 Boys’ Central American Championship
that starts on Sunday at Santa Rosa Copan
Gymnasium in Honduras.
After crowning as champions in the past two
editions (2019, 2017), Costa Rica is aiming for
their third title in a row and win their eighth
Head coaches were optimistic giving their first
statements on the eve of the competition.
Albert Humes, head coach of Belize: “We
are once again competing at this tournament,
hoping to do our best. The team that we brought
along is one of the best we had in years at this
age. I expect to do wonders in this tournament”.
Roberto Argüello, head coach of Costa Rica: “We
have a huge expectation because we’ve been
preparing for a year and a half, the group is
very united. Having competed in Guatemala at the
Pan American Cup was an important preparation to
defend the title because we are the current
champions. We are here to battle to reach the
podium and hopefully win the championship”.
Gerardo Cabrera, head coach of El Salvador: “The
boys have been in a four-month process for this
event; we are prepared to do a good job. We will
face teams that are prepared like us or more and
our idea is for the best possible result, that
the boys with only 16/17 years old have this
great opportunity to make our country proud”.
Luis Fernando Castañeda, head coach of
are excited to compete. Preparation has been
good, and the group is united despite having
players who live in our country’s rural area;
the coaching staff has been motivating the group
of players. We know the competition will be
tough, our opponents are well prepared, and we
will battle every match to reach our goal”.
Víctor Manuel Rodas, head coach of Honduras: “We
have high expectations, reach first place and
this can be done with teamwork. It has been a
six-month process, where we competed at the Pan
American Cup. The group has experienced players
and we added four more players, these boys are
the future of volleyball in Honduras”.
Gabriel Barrios, assistant coach of Nicaragua: “Our
goal is to be Central American champs for the
third time. We have a high-quality team, with a
lot of experience because of our first division
league in Nicaragua. Each player is versatile,
with all the capacities to execute their job
very well on the court”.