The men’s football games at the Tokyo Olympics is all due to start on the 22nd of July and will see a total of 16 teams vie for the precious Gold medal for their respective countries. The teams have been divided into 4 groups from which the Top-2 would qualify for the knockout rounds.
Players on the rosters must be born on or after January 1, 1997, with the exception of three overage players. Honduras released its final Olympics’ squad on 2nd July. We bring you the preview and the players who have been chosen to represent their side in the Olympics.
Honduras Team Preview
Honduras trumped the United States in the semi-finals of the CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship 2-1 and secured their spot for this summer’s Olympics. They have now made it to their fourth consecutive Olympic games and will have a point to prove in this year’s edition. Only they and CONCACAF neighbors Mexico have managed that feat.
Their campaign so far in the build up to the games have not been good as Germany walked off the field in their friendly match against them alleging the Hondurans of racially abusing Geman player Jordan Torunarigha. The Honduras football federation later released a statement via social media, as they deemed the incident to be a “misunderstanding”.
Coached by former Uruguay international Miguel Falero, the squad features six names based outside of Honduras, including Douglas Martinez, who plays in the Major League Soccer. The team boasts of highly physical players as well as some craftsmen in them who can unlock defences. Players to watch out for would be 23-year-old center back Denil Maldonado, who is also the captain of this side. Apart from him, another name which stands out is of attacking midfielder Rigoberto Riva.
|vs Romania||Kashima Stadium||22nd July|
|vs New Zealand||Kashima Stadium||25th July|
|vs South Korea||International Stadium, Yokohama||28th July|
Honduras Olympics Squad
Goalkeepers: Alex Guity (Olimpia), Michael Perrelo (Real España), Bryan Ramos (Real España)
Defenders: Christopher Melendez (Motagua), Carlos Melendez (Motagua), Wesley Decas (Motagua), Elvin Casildo (Olimpia), Denil Maldonado (Pachuca)
Midfielders: Jonathan Nunez (Motagua), Jose Mario Pinto (Olimpia), Edwin Rodriguez (Olimpia), Jorge Alvarez (Olimpia), Carlos Pineda (Olimpia), Alejandro Reyes (Real España), Rigoberto Rivas (Reggina), Brayan Moya (Primeiro de Agusto)
Forwards: Luis Palma (Vida), Samuel Elvir (Lobos UPNFM), Jorge Benguche (Olimpia), Douglas Martinez (Real Salt Lake), Juan Carlos Obregon (Hartford Athletic)