Honduras national team manager Jorge Luis Pinto admitted that he will be short of a few players at the upcoming Rio Olympics 2016 due to injuries, but he remains confident that the replacements will be able to make a major impact.
The upcoming Rio Olympics 2016 is a major deal for Honduras especially since it looks like they will miss out on World Cup qualification for the 2018 edition. The recent 2-0 win over El Salvador has lifted the team into the second spot of their group, but there is no place for comfort just yet.
Honduras secured what could be a crucial victory against El Salvador in their last CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying fixture, but there is still a lot of work to be done before Jorge Luis Pinto and his players can secure qualification to the next round.
End of March this year saw Honduras challenge their opposing team El Salvador in what was their second match for the CONCACAF World Cup qualifier rounds.
In the last match both the teams had a draw and the results did not help either of the sides get desired points and weightage.
At the group stage for qualifying in the World Cup both the teams are in the lower half. With three matches remaining for both teams, the pressure is on for sure.
Honduras suffered a 2-2draw with El Salvador and the result continued to keep the team behind Canada in the World Cup qualification campaign.
The national team was very much in need of a good result from this game especially since it was at home. However, manager Jorge Pinto was sent off to the stands by referee Ricardo Montero Costa Rica and he was unable to make much impact on the match. Mexico are the overwhelming favourites to win the group and qualify for the World Cup 2018. However, the second spot is certainly up for grabs and a win would have put Honduras back in the midst.
Jorge Luis Pinto is the head coach of the Honduran national football team and after having gone through a very disappointing campaign with his team during the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, he is now eager to get his team back in form and on track for their approaching matches.
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Honduras national team boss Jorge Luis Pinto says that his team have a huge test on their hands when they take on Brazil, who he has termed as being extraordinary.
After a year of recovering from the poor World Cup 2014 showing, Brazil appear to be on a great run of form. The team has arrived as the favourites to win the Copa America and one of their matches in preparation of this tournament is the friendly against Honduras. Honduras have been involved in a couple of friendly already and this will be the biggest test of them all.
Panama, Haiti and United States are the national sides that have already qualified and snatched their spot in Group A of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Those teams will be competing in Group A but there still is one spot that is available and is going to be defined after Honduras competes against French Guiana in a match that will decide which team is going to qualify and secure the last spot of Group A.
Costa Rica, El Salvador, Jamaica and Canada were pitted together in Group B and lastly, Group C has Mexico, Guatemala, Cuba and Trinidad and Tobago.
Costa Rica were one of the surprise teams at the World Cup 2014 after almost reaching the semifinals.
They had beaten the likes of Italy and Uruguay in the group stages before going out on penalties to Holland. They had Colombian manager Jorge Luis Pintoto thank for the success.