Welcome to ‘hell’, says ex-coach Osieck
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.”