The prestigious Central American (UNCAF) title will be contested in Tegicugalpa, Honduras beginning this Thursday 22 January. Of the seven participating nations in the biannual event, Costa Rica and Honduras must be considered hottest favourites to challenge for the laurels.
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Costa Rica are reigning and six time champions, and their coach - Rodrigo Kenton - is hoping for the best. "This is a great competition to evaluate players and test ourselves in hot battle," said the former Deportivo Saprissa man. Hosts Honduras may well have the hot hand, playing in front of their own crowds on familiar fields. Coach Reinaldo Rueda will have to rely mainly - like his Costa Rican counterpart - on a domestic-based squad.
El Salvador will be looking to make a mark and win their first UNCAF title after having finished third on four occasions. Still alive in qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ (along with Costa Rica and Honduras), the tight-knit squad may well have their best chance to top the CONCACAF sub-region under inspirational Mexican boss Carlos de los Cobos.
Guatemala - who went crashing out of qualifying for the South African finals - will be hoping to add to the lone title they won in 2001. Panama, who also went out surprisingly early in qualifying for the 2010 world showpiece, will be hoping to right the ship in Tegucigalpa.
The seven-team tournament will also feature the likes of lesser lights Belize and Nicaragua, who might struggle to make a mark among the sub-region's elite. The top five finishers will qualify for CONCACAF's biggest tournament - the Gold Cup - to be staged later this year in venue yet to be decided.
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