The tournament was an important experience for these young people who could become part of the senior team in the future. Author: rebellious youth
The national men’s under-17 football team ended their participation in the preliminary Concacaf World Cup in Guatemala after losing in the 1/8 finals against a team from Panama who completely outclassed them to keep them out of the world event in Peru 2023. .
At the stadium “Doroteo Guamucho Flores” in the Central American capital, Sandro Sevillano’s guys came out in good shape and managed not only to contain the Panamanians, but also to complicate them in various actions.
However, after a good half an hour Cuban goalkeeper Yuriksander Zayas made a mistake at the start and committed a foul outside the penalty area, which cost him a red card. However, 0:0 remained in the break.
At the 15th minute of the second half, Hector Rios confirmed his superiority and made the score 1:0. At a disadvantage, young people from the Greater Antilles were constantly looking for a draw, but their illusions were finally shattered at 80 when Kevin Walder extended the advantage to those from the Channel.
Cuba said goodbye to the tournament as predicted at the time, though leaving behind an image of great sacrifice and a few sparks of talent that could eventually shine more in the higher categories.
This new goodbye and another unfulfilled dream of the island’s footballers for the World Cup hurts, at least there is consolation that they gave everything.
Source: Juventud Rebelde