Monterrey (Mexico), July 9. Mexican Ignacio Quintana, the women’s soccer coach in Panama, confirmed on Friday that his leaders have changed their mindset regarding their first match against Costa Rica to compete against Olympic champion Canada in the CONCACAF W Championship.
He explained after the 0-1 loss against Canada in a match that the Central American team said: “Since before the tournament, we thought about the way we were going to play, and today the mentality has changed, and they have to accept that, that’s how we discussed it.” They were able to draw.
The result sent Panama to third place in Group B, with no points, because on their debut in the W Championship they were defeated 3-0 by Costa Rica.
The CONCACAF tournament distributes four live venues in the 2023 World Cup Australia and New Zealand and two other venues in an intercontinental play-off for that tournament.
Although there are no units in two days, the Panamanians will play the pass to the World Cup qualifiers on Monday by challenging Trinidad and Tobago, the last in the sector.
“The solution to get up after losing against Costa Rica came from everyone’s head, we didn’t get the three points, but we showed that Panama has that defensively. We lacked strong transfers. It’s good that we can lose 0-1 against the Olympic champions,” Quintana celebrated.
The coach expressed his satisfaction with the work his players did in the first two days of the W Championship, which is also distributing a quota for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games to the champion country.
“I am always satisfied with my group, even though the result is not given today due to three errors in the same play. We have things to improve from here to the future, solve things in the short term and give the process what we are looking for for it, it will not just go to World Cup finals, but rather to leave the base,” he commented.
“Nacho” Quintana highlighted the solidarity his group advocates as a bloc, something he saw as key to an unbeatable Canada and Panama.
“Players have always been hungry and want to be players in life. As a coaching staff, we take advantage of this to make our sessions more competitive.”
Panama seeks its first pass to the Women’s World Cup in the W Championship. EFE
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