Panama to use Gold Cup experience for World Cup qualifier

Panama City, Aug 22 (IANS) Panama's football coach Julio Cesar Dely Valdes said his team will make the most of its experience in the Gold Cup in July to advance in the qualifiers for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Dely Valdez Wednesday said it was important for his players to continue their level of performance in the Gold Cup, held in the United States, where Panama surprised everyone by taking second place, reports Xinhua.

The coach said he will also evaluate Panama's performance in the Concacaf (Confederation of North American, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) pre-World Cup Championship, where the team is in fifth place for just three slots to the World Cup and has the possibility to take fourth in a runoff against New Zealand for a final slot.

Dely Valdez, a former player in Uruguay, Italy, France and Spain, added that though they don't know what Jamaica's line-up will be, they are ready to defeat the Caribbean team Sep 6 and improve their own chances of qualifying. Panama also play Honduras Sep 10 at home.

The coach said the winner will be the team that makes the least mistakes. He added that he will announce the line-up for upcoming games after making changes to the original roster following defender Leonel Parris' leg fracture Sunday in a national match and the absence of defender Felipe Baloy and forward Blas Perez in the match against Jamaica, as both were benched for collecting yellow cards.

Dely Valdes Tuesday called on 12 players, who play for foreign teams, to join the national team for its matches against Jamaica and Honduras.

According to the Panamanian Football Federation (Fepafut), the 12 players, who must be in Panama by Sep 2, include three playing in the United States, two each in Colombia, Mexico, Spain and Uruguay, and one in Poland.

The line-up includes goalkeepers Jaime Penedo (US' Galaxy) and Luis Mejia (Uruguay's Fenix), defenders Luis Henriquez (Poland's Lech Poznan), Felipe Baloy (Mexico's Santos Laguna), Roman Torres (Colombia's Millonarios) and Roberto Chen (Spain's Malaga CF), and defenders Alberto Quintero (Mexico's Lobos BUAP), Amilcar Henriquez (Colombia's Deportivo Independiente Medellin) and Jairo Jimenez (Spain's Elche Ilicitano), as well as forwards Cecilio Waterman (Uruguay's Fenix), Blas Perez (US FC Dallas) and Gabriel Torres (US Colorado Rapids).

Fepafut said the national team will begin training Monday with players from the Panamanian League, whose names will be announced over the weekend.

Matches

MORE TOP STORIES TODAY

Rajasthan edge low-scoring thriller

Rajasthan edge low-scoring thriller

The bowlers restricted Hyderabad to 133 for 6 before Rahane and Binny took Rajasthan over the line. More »

Maxwell blitz takes Punjab home

Maxwell blitz takes Punjab home

The Kings XI batsman blasted a 43-ball 95 to help his team pull off a massive chase against Chennai Super Kings. More »

Bangalore vs Mumbai: A battle of the big-hitters

Bangalore vs Mumbai: A battle of the big-hitters

As two of the most glamorous sides in the Indian T20 league, the focus of the match between Mumbai and Bangalore will invariably be on the middle-order… More »

BCCI lacks leaders to take on Srinivasan, says Manohar

BCCI lacks leaders to take on Srinivasan, says Manohar

Two former BCCI presidents, Shashank Manohar and Jagmohan Dalmiya, have reacted strongly to the news of the BCCI calling an emergent meeting on Sunday… More »

Pietersen ridicules idea of day-night Tests

Pietersen ridicules idea of day-night Tests

Kevin Pietersen has ridiculed the idea of day-night Test cricket, saying the game would be so different to proper Test cricket that we will need a whole… More »

Beleaguered Yuvraj tees off to Sharjah's delight

Beleaguered Yuvraj tees off to Sharjah's delight

Yuvraj Singh was hardly convincing to begin with against Delhi, but a big dose of crowd support and a helping of poor bowling meant he had the opportunity… More »

Stressed Trott stands down again

Stressed Trott stands down again

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Friday confirmed that batsman Jonathan Trott is to take another break from all cricket with immediate eff… More »

PCB starts another coach hunt

PCB starts another coach hunt

The PCB has decided to not extend the contracts of head coach Moin Khan, fielding coach Shoaib Mohammad and batting consultant Zaheer Abbas, and has invited… More »

Pakistan cricketers face probe

Pakistan cricketers face probe

Pakistani cricket authorities have launched an investigation after a number of current international stars played in exhibition matches in the United States… More »

Fiery star Stokes bids to curb his temper

Fiery star Stokes bids to curb his temper

England all-rounder Ben Stokes admits he must keep his anger under control if he is to end his international exile. More »

Bangalore's arsenal blazes to victory

Bangalore's arsenal blazes to victory

Yuvraj Singh was back to his best in his first match for Royal Challengers Bangalore. More »

BCCI to meet before next court hearing

BCCI to meet before next court hearing

The BCCI will hold an emergent working committee meeting on April 20 to discuss the future course of action with regard to the Supreme Court hearing concerning… More »

Gavaskar wants a clean IPL

Gavaskar wants a clean IPL

"Integrity is non-negotiable..." says the BCCI's interim chief ahead of Season 7 of the tainted league. More »

Time for Chennai to enter familiar cocoon

Time for Chennai to enter familiar cocoon

Chennai have an emphatic 8-3 lead in the head-to-head with Punjab, with one game tied More »

Kallis, Narine star in KKR win

Kallis, Narine star in KKR win

An all-round display saw Knight Riders thump Mumbai Indians by 41 runs in the IPL-7 opener. More »

'Yak' Kallis still on top of his game

'Yak' Kallis still on top of his game

The 38-year-old South African veteran turned it on for Kolkata Knight RIders in the opening match of IPL-7. More »

Rajasthan and Hyderabad face-off

Rajasthan and Hyderabad face-off

A quality that defines Rajasthan and Hyderabad is consistency. Rajasthan was one among two teams to enjoy complete dominance at home last season. Hyderabad… More »

Srinivasan named in fixing report: SC

Srinivasan named in fixing report: SC

The court emphasised that the tainted administrator can no longer work for the BCCI. More »

Yuvraj happy to play for RCB: Kohli

Yuvraj happy to play for RCB: Kohli

New-look RCB will play their first game of IPL-7 on Thursday. More »

IPL: News Line

IPL: News Line

A round-up of all the news from this season of the IPL. More »

Shane Watson issues moral warning

Shane Watson issues moral warning

'Everyone knows what is right and what is wrong and if you do the wrong thing it will be found out' More »

Why I'm not looking forward to the IPL

Why I'm not looking forward to the IPL

Welcome to another season of a league that many watch but few trust. More »

Johnson may quit T20s for Tests

Johnson may quit T20s for Tests

Australia's Mitchell Johnson may quit limited-overs cricket to prolong his test career with an eye on the 2015 Ashes series in England, the fast bowler… More »

Nepal players call off boycott

Nepal players call off boycott

Thaw in relations after formation of an advisory committee that would work in tandem with the Cricket Association of Nepal. More »