Confident of engaging Honduras in the battle for a ticket to the 2022 World Cup, Hernan Dario Gomez was officially introduced on Wednesday as the new coach, shortly after his arrival in the Central American country.
“I am very happy to be here, I hope to do things in the best way,” “Pulillo” Gomez told local media after arriving in Tegucigalpa.
Hours later, in a private ceremony, the Colombian strategist received the Honduran national team shirt with his title printed on the back from the hands of the Honduran federation.
The new coach takes charge of the Honduran national team to face the remaining eight matches of the eight final of CONCACAF heading to Qatar, after the dismissal of Uruguayan Fabian Cueto after the recent 2-0 defeat against Jamaica, which left the team in a difficult situation. last site.
“There are still 24 points at stake,” Gomez confirmed during the ceremony. “Our margin of error is very small, we are in an uncomfortable position, but my goal is to reach a new World Cup with Honduras.
“I am here because I have always trusted the Honduran national team, whenever I faced them and when I saw them playing, it seemed to me that they were a team with character, character and self-respect. We will fight and not give up.”
Bolillo arrives at Bank Catracho in search of a rescue in an elimination in which Honduras has just three points and five points from fourth place, which gives the ticket to an Intercontinental playoff.
The Colombian’s job does not seem easy. In 23 days, he will have to put together a team and prepare it to face Panama on November 12 and visit Costa Rica four days later.
However, “Bolillo” Gómez is a technician who used to play in those fields. He qualified and was eliminated in three World Cups: with Colombia in France in 1998, with Ecuador in Korea and Japan in 2002 and with Panama in Russia in 2018.
He was at the top of the national teams of Colombia (1995-1998, 2010-2011), Ecuador (1999-2004, 2018-2019), Guatemala (2006-2008) and Panama (2014-2018).
The Colombian, with Henri Michel and Bora Milutinovic, shares the record for three different teams to qualify for the World Cup, despite having attended four and five World Cup finals respectively.
In the rest of the confrontation, Honduras will have three more matches at home: with Canada, El Salvador and Mexico, but will have to visit the United States and Panama.
On the last day of the match, Honduras will play in Jamaica.
The association is led by Mexico (14), followed by the United States (11) and Canada (10), and it is in the direct ranking positions. Then comes Panama (8).
Currently without a ticket are Costa Rica (6), Jamaica (5), El Salvador (5) and Honduras (3).