Honduras confirms warmup matches

Honduras will play Azerbaijan, Belarus and Romania in friendly

matches ahead of the World Cup.

Honduras coach Reinaldo Rueda said Thursday that contracts

had been signed for the three games and that officials were also

negotiating for a friendly match with fellow World Cup qualifier

North Korea.

The Central American team will play Azerbaijan in an

unspecified location in Austria on May 27, before matches against

Belarus on June 2 and then Romania three days later. Rueda did not

give venues for the final two friendlies.

“These games will be very important to evaluate our situation

before the World Cup, to see what condition we’re in, and to hope

that everyone called up arrives in the best shape possible,” Rueda


Honduras is in the World Cup for only the second time and

will play in Group H with Spain, Chile and Switzerland.

Honduras fans are hoping for a better showing than in 1982,

when it drew two matches and lost the other as the team failed to

make the knockout stage.