Despite featuring as rank outsiders in Group E of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Honduras have a great opportunity to move on to the knock out stage for the first time in year, according to leading national football commentator Enrique Lanza.
Confirmed for just their third appearance in football’s headline tournament following unsuccessful tilts in 1982 and 2010, Honduras is yet to claim a single match victory over six Soccer World Cup fixtures contested, but are more than capable of breaking the drought in Brazil, according to Lanza.
Drawn alongside in-form South American outfit Ecuador, as well as European mainstays France and Switzerland, Lanza said if the Hondurans burst out of the gates and play an attacking style of football, they are a chance of silencing their critics.
“The real chances for Honduras are few and far between but not impossible” the renowned broadcaster told Futbol de Primera.
“If we can beat Ecuador, the rest will be about added a point against Switzerland, like in South Africa 2010, and going through to knock-out round with a bit of luck.
“As a fan, I want to see an attacking team in the World Cup. Whether we win or lose, we go for it and show we are not a minor team.”
Having registered some impressive results over their Soccer World Cup qualifying campaign and throughout recent friendly fixtures, Lanza said Los Catrachos’ continually building form, experience and class has huge potential to deliver success through June.
“After the Aztecazo match, the team showed that it could surprise Brazil since it’s seen as the weakest in the group” Lanza added of Honduras’s stunning victory over Central American powerhouse Mexico to qualify.
“This will be (Noel) Valladares’ second World Cup and he’s played 109 matches, meaning he has the confidence and experience needed at the back for the team.
“(Roger) Espinoza and (Mario) Martinez are 100% creative and extraordinary long-range strikers.
“Honduras has matured and showed it is a different team now. It is not at the same level as Mexico or the U.S, but at home we are starting to believe we can do it, there is not handicap and the team is ready for big things.”
Honduras will begin their 2014 Soccer World Cup campaign against France on June 16th; a match for which they are currently featured as clear $11 outsiders for success at Ladbrokes.com.au.