Panama will have to swim uphill, looking for a direct ticket to the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand 2023, or at least try to be a better third in CONCACAF before the World Cup, to secure the playoff.
Panamanians like Laurie Batista and Marta Cox were “self-critical”, and in this they agree with coach Ignacio “Nacho” Quintana.
Quintana added that they have trained on something better, that there are six points in the game and they are right there, even though their opponent on Friday is Canada, the current Olympic champion who just beat Trinidad and Tobago 6-0.
“We lacked more positions and more intensity,” said Batista, who was wearing the captain’s armband. “We couldn’t achieve the goal, which was to win. But there are still two games left and we will try to score God’s goal first.” The tape of the match against Tikas in the absence of Natalia Mills, who cannot play due to injury.
Batista added that the match against the “Maple Leaf” team is coming on Friday, “We have to go around the page of what happened against Costa Rica and now we look at Canada,” as confirmed by Banami.
For her part, Marta Cox, the player who showed up best against Costa Rica, admitted that Panama missed “a great deal” their World Cup debut.
Although, he added, “Panama will keep trying,” Cox said, referring to the upcoming games.
“We still believe in ourselves, the important thing is that hope is not lost,” Cox said, referring to the fact that there are still points and matches to play in Monterrey, Mexico.
Canada and Costa Rica topped Group B in the World Cup, both with 3 points, while Panama and Trinidad and Tobago did not add any units.
CONCACAF Pre-World Cup gives 4 tickets for the World Cup to Australia and New Zealand 2023.