HON­DURAS (38)

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODPASTIMES -

HON­DURAS waited for 27 years to se­cure their re­turn to a World Cup, and they hold great hopes for South Africa 2010. Dur­ing this time gen­er­a­tions of foot­ball-lovers in the Cen­tral Amer­i­can coun­try ac­cu­mu­lated frus­tra­tions on the pitch.

Their par­tic­u­lar "curse" was lifted on Oc­to­ber 14 when the team qual­i­fied for 2010 and many thou­sands of Hon­durans poured out onto the streets to cel­e­brate an achieve­ment that over 60 per cent of the coun­try's 7.7 mil­lion peo­ple had never ex­pe­ri­enced be­fore.

Hon­duras, nick­named "Los Ca­tra­chos," only ever played one World Cup, Spain 1982 and they and their sup­port­ers will be hop­ing to reach the sec­ond round in the 2010 show­piece.

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