Honduras and head coach Jorge Luis Pinto (pictured) will face host Venezuela in an international friendly on February 11, 2015. (Photo: Mexsport)
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – As next month’s CONCACAF Gold Cup playoff against French Guyana looms large in the background, Honduras returns to action on Wednesday with an international friendly at Venezuela in Barinas.
It will be the second meeting of a home-and-home series between the sides in eight days, following the South Americans’ 3-2 win last week in San Pedro Sula. That encounter was underscored by Honduras’ late second-half rally, which nearly erased a three-goal deficit.
Taking command of just his second match since becoming head coach of the Catrachos, Jorge Luis Pinto doesn’t want a repeat of the miscues that dug his team a large hole in the opener. Each of Venezuela’s tallies came from close range.
“We cannot commit the errors that we committed on the goals,” said the 61-year-old Colombian. “That team (Venezuela) attacked us three times and they scored three goals, which cannot happen to a team.
“In the back, we gave the advantage to the Venezuelans and they beat us on the counterattack. Undoubtedly, we have worked on it already and we are going to correct it in some way.”
Pinto pointed to the fact that some squad members had not played much football recently and a lack of match fitness were contributing factors in the result.
“You have to understand that certain players, due to championship or season reasons, had not been working and had not played football,” he added. “In the end, it was a tough match for some of them.”
Honduras has never defeated Venezuela on the road, posting a 0W-1D-2L record in three previous games.