GROUP H: Can Honduras be a surprise packet in South Africa?

Honduras are back in the World Cup after a 28-year hiatus and will be chomping at the bit to record some positive results.

Honduras are back in the World Cup after a 28-year hiatus and will be chomping at the bit to record some positive results.

They have a slight chance in their group but it seems unlikely that they will have enough to quality to get past the likes of Chile and Switzerland in South Africa which may leave them on the bottom of the group.

In saying that, the World Cup is a time where strange things can happen and teams who work hard with a strong spirit can often surprise.

These are qualities that the Honduras team possess and with an abundance of experience at international level, to add to that, it may not all be doom and gloom.

They are led by veterans Carlos Pavon (100 caps), Amado Guevara (134) and Noel Valladares (72) who are assisted by the likes of striker David Suazo, midfielder Wilson Palacios and defender Maynor Figueroa so it is up to the fringe players to step up and push Honduran football in the right direction.

Despite the positivity, I just can’t see them progressing in 2010.

Honduras

Playing schedule:Chile (Nelspruit) June 16; Spain (Johannesburg) June 21; Switzerland (Bloemfontein) June 25

Also known as: Los Catrachos
Manager: Reinaldo Rueda (COL)
Captain: Amado Guevara
Key players: Wilson Palacios, David Suazo, Carlos Pavon
Wildcard: Georgie Welcome
Player to watch: Roger Espinoza
Most caps: Amado Guevara (134)
Top goalscorer: Carlos Pavon (57)
FIFA ranking: 38
Qualifying: 3rd in CONCACAF group stage.
Appearance: 2nd
Best result: Group stage – 1982

Honduras squad

Goalkeepers

Ricardo Canales (Motagua)
Donis Escober (Olimpia)
Noel Valladares (Olimpia)

Defenders

Maynor Figueroa (Wigan Athletic)
Victor Bernardez (Anderlecht)
Osman Chavez (Platense)
Mauricio Sabillon (Hangzhou)
Oscar Boniek Garcia (Olimpia)
Jonny Palacios (Olimpia)
Emilio Izaguirre (Motagua)
Sergio Mendoza (Motagua)

Midfielders

Amado Guevara (Motagua)
Danilo Turcios (Olimpia)
Ramon Nunez (Olimpia)
Wilson Palacios (Tottenham)
Hendry Thomas (Wigan Athletic)
Edgar Alvarez (Bari)
Julio Cesar de Leon (Torino)
Roger Espinoza (Kansas City Wizards)

Forwards

Carlos Pavon (Real Espana)
Georgie Welcome (Motagua)
David Suazo (Genoa)
Walter Martinez (Marathon)

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