LOS ANGELES, California – Concacaf is fairly new territory for Honduras Head Coach Fabian Coito.
Outside of a spell in the 1990s with Honduran club Olimpia, the 52-year-old has spent the majority of his life in Uruguayan football, mostly at the Under-17 and Under-20 levels of his native country.
But a new adventure awaits Coito, who will lead Honduras into the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup. Speaking exclusively with Concacaf.com from the 2019 Gold Cup Draw in Los Angeles, Coito is looking forward to managing in his first Concacaf tournament.
“With each tournament, it starts with hope and expectations, and personally it is a new, different experience but I am very happy with this new phase,” said Coito.
Coito also sees the new 16-team format as a positive and expects an entertaining tournament from start to finish.
“I think the new format is very good, 16 teams playing in a tournament is like a mini-World Cup. It is thrilling. It’s going to be marvelous in every sense. I think the Gold Cup is a great tournament,” said Coito.
Historically, Honduras has always been a force to be reckoned with in the Gold Cup, reaching four semifinals in the last seven Gold Cups.
However, Coito cautioned against thinking about the team’s chances in the knockout stage and instead preached a one-game-at-a-time mindset.
“We would say that the biggest goal is logically to be in the most important match of the tournament, which is the final, but we cannot get distracted by this. We are going match by match, trying to put together a great team that allows us to dream about important things for the future. Of course, the objective of each team when it enters a match is to win it and winning matches gets us further in the tournament, thus the big desire is to get as far as possible,” concluded Coito.