Honduras team arrives in Nelspruit

Honduras players touched down in Nelspruit on Monday morning,

two days before their opening World Cup match against Chile.

The plane landed at Kruger Mpumalanga airport and the squad

boarded a bus for the team hotel. A training session was planned

for 5 p.m. (1500 GMT).

Honduras plays Chile at the Mbombela stadium in Nelspruit on

Wednesday. The group also contains Spain and Switzerland.

Honduras last played in the World Cup in 1982, registering draws

against Spain and Northern Ireland before losing to Yugoslavia to

finish bottom of the group.

In a difficult group, most onlookers believe the team would do

well to better that record this time around.

Nonetheless, with players like Tottenham midfielder Wilson

Palacios and Wigan defender Maynor Figueroa, Honduras could

surprise people.

Much will depend on the fitness of forward David Suazo, who

played last season at Genoa on loan from Inter Milan.

Honduras trainer Carlos Velasco said Sunday that Suazo would not

recover from a right leg injury in time to feature against Chile,

though the final decision would be left up to coach Reinaldo


There was better news regarding Palacios, however, with the

Spurs player said to be ready to play after overcoming a left thigh