MARTINIQUE.- Honduras already has punched its ticket for the first-ever Concacaf Nations League semifinals, but there’s still plenty on the line when Los Catrachos visit Martinique for Thursday’s contest in Fort-de-France’s Stade Pierre-Aliker.
Martinique has a trip back to the Gold Cup on the line, with a narrow, one-goal lead over fellow Group C rival Trinidad and Tobago on goal difference.
In three previous meetings, Martinique never has topped Honduras, but the Central Americans needed an own goal off Romario Barthelery to see off Mario Bacaly’s men last month in San Pedro Sula.
Now a win could put Les Matinino back into the Gold Cup, with Bocaly leaning largely on domestic-based players once again but also calling in former Newcastle United and current Cosenza Calcio forward Emmanuel Riviere. Franciano Etinof, the Golden Star midfielder, makes his return to the squad as well.
While Honduras already is qualified, there’s no indication Head Coach Fabian Coito wants anything less than perfection from the group campaign.
He’s called in Alberth Elis, Maynor Figueroa and other players who are based abroad, though there’s also room for a healthy contingent of Olympic-eligible players, including defender Denil Maldonado and midfielder Marcelo Santos of Scotiabank Concacaf League finalist Motagua.