Costa Rica looking for a hat-trick at U19 AFECAVOL Central American Championship

SANTA ROSA DE COPAN, Honduras, september 10, 2022.- Costa 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 under-19 title.


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 Guatemala: “We 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”.