Honduras identify Celtic's Rogic as danger man for WC playoff with Aussies
Talisman Tim Cahill may have fired Australia into a World Cup play-off against Honduras but it’s another star which the Central American outfit are more concerned about ahead of their winner-takes-all clash with the Caltex Socceroos.
Honduras have already began preparations for next week’s first-leg in San Pedro Sula (November 11, AEDT) with coach Jorge Luis Pinto assembling the majority of his squad in Comayagua.
And the local media are full of stories on the game as they focus on Aussie news stories around the dangers of playing in Honduras and the likely danger men for the visitors.
And according to Diez, a focus of a recent training sessions was Celtic playmaker Tom Rogic.
“Yesterday we were watching the Australian who plays for Celtic and we think he is a good player and we hope to play well against Australia,” defender Henry Figueroa told the local Diez newspaper.
"We know we are playing a team that is of the highest level.
"We are going to work hard as usual and we hope to deal them a blow on Nov. 10."
Honduras scraped through to the Intercontinental play-off after upsetting Mexico in their final match and with USA inexplicably losing to Trinidad and Tobago.
But after conceding 19 goals in 10 games in qualifying, the equal most in the group, Pinto has reportedly implored his side to tighten up defensively against the Socceroos.
"The first game is here and we hope to start with a bang," Figueroa said.
"The objective is to close up at the back. We have to be respected at home.
"We have asked the fans to get behind us because this is our last chance, there's no margin for error.
"Australia have players that are match winners and we will have our work cut out to stop them.
"We are confident that we'll be much better."
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