MIAMI, Florida – Group D of the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup promises to be a wide-open affair with Honduras, Panama, Grenada and guest participant Qatar all vying for a place in the knockout round.
“Grenada is a team that we may not know as well, while Qatar are doing things very well and are the reigning Asian champions,” said Honduras Head Coach Fabian Coito in his post-Draw press conference. “We’ll have to see how Panama do with their new style of play, but we have experience with the Panama players. There is little difference between all the teams.”
While Honduras reached the Final of the inaugural Gold Cup in 1991, Panama have appeared in two Finals, in 2005 and 2013, and are eager to get a crack at a third, beginning with their group stage campaign.
“It is a tough group. Qatar being in our group makes it a much tougher group,” said Panama Head Coach Thomas Christiansen. “But we are here to compete and to have a good tournament in this Gold Cup. The four teams are very even so we have to fight to the fullest to get victories.”
Adding to the complexity of Group D is the appearance of Grenada, who will be playing in their first Gold Cup since 2011 and boast one of the best goalscorers in the Caribbean region in FW Jamal Charles. The Spice Boys believe they are up for the challenge of facing their group opponents.
“It is going to be a challenge, but it is not impossible. We have been rebuilding. As you saw in the CNL, I think we can only go from strength to strength with what we have been doing here in Grenada from the past couple of months,” said Grenada Technical Director Jerry Alexis. “We are going to study every team in the group and hope that we can make an impact in the Gold Cup.”
Rounding out Group D is guest participant Qatar, who are the reigning AFC Champions and appearing in their first Gold Cup.
“We are aware that or opponents are of a high level. Panama and Honduras have played World Cups and we’ll use this time to study Grenada and analyze them more,” said Qatar Head Coach Felix Sanchez Bas.