Wel­come to ‘hell’, says ex-coach Osieck

Stanthorpe Border Post - - SPORT | DIGEST - — David Weiner

FOOT­BALL: Soc­ceroos fans thought avoid­ing USA would be a good re­sult.

No one quite ex­pected it to hap­pen this way, though.

Bruce Arena’s side in­ex­pli­ca­bly butchered their third place on the fi­nal day of CONCACAF Qual­i­fy­ing with a 2-1 loss to min­nows Trinidad and Tobago.

At the same time, results con­spired against them, with Mex­ico and Costa Rica, al­ready qual­i­fied, tak­ing their foot off the gas against des­per­ate Panama and Hon­duras.

The former leapt into third place to qual­ify au­to­mat­i­cally, while Hon­duras set up a play­off against Aus­tralia.

The first leg will be away at Es­ta­dio Olímpico Metropoli­tano in San Pedro Sula on Novem­ber 6. The re­turn is in Syd­ney on Novem­ber 14, with both dates to be con­firmed.

Former Soc­ceroos boss Hol­ger Osieck, in an in­ter­view talk­ing about the so-called chal­lenges in Asia, re­ferred to his time as Canada boss trav­el­ling to places like Hon­duras, Costa Rica and Mex­ico for World Cup qual­i­fiers.

“At times it’s hell, you can­not imag­ine what hap­pens there,” he said.

“I would like to see some of the Euro­pean teams play there un­der these con­di­tions.

“They set you up in the jun­gle, and then 2000 me­tres high, air-con­di­tion­ing that doesn’t work in the ho­tel, you can­not close the win­dows, you have the mos­qui­toes ev­ery­where, the food. You have noise out­side the ho­tel, peo­ple they stay the en­tire night on the streets, the drum­ming and trum­pet­ing what­ever, then in the games (with) reck­less tack­les, it’s not easy.”

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