Sergio Paneque

Sergio Paneque

Cuba will Face El Salvador in Futsal

Havana team will represent Cuba in the first North, Central American and Caribbean Confederation (CONCACAF) Futsal Champions Clubs, which began yesterday in Guatemala.

The Cuban squad, coached by Clemente Reynoso, will debut today in Group A against the club El Salvador National University (UES), while tomorrow they will face the host Glucosoral.

The event, based in Guatemala City Sports Dome, will include six teams of the region, divided in two groups. Borussia from Costa Rica, Mexico’s Sidekicks and Canadian Toronto FC appear in Poole B.

The Cuban team was made up by the best players in the recently concluded national championship, held in Las Tunas province, which was won by Granma.

The side includes several men with World Cup experience as the goalkeeper Wilfredo Carbo, the defender Ronald Egozcue, winger Jhonet Martinez and the pivot Itsven Rom?n.

The rest of the players are Daniel Hernandez, Denis M?rquez, Fernando Chapman, Alejandro Marrero and Luis Jerez.

According to the competitive schedule, the top two teams of each group will fight for the tournament scepter next Sunday.

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Cuba dominates Nicaragua

Led by opposite Osniel Rendon, Cuba beat 3-0 Nicaragua 25-6, 25-11, 25-10 to secure first place in Pool C at NORCECA Men’s U21 Continental Championship.

 

Rendon scored 15 points leading Cuba’s offense that included 34 spikes, eight blocks and eight aces. Nicaragua couldn’t play against the tall and talented Cuba. Roberto Espinoza got six points for Nicaragua.

 

Cuba (3-0) secured one of the two spots in the semifinals with a better point-ratio (1.710) than Barbados (1.120), who is idle on Thursday and finished with a 2-0 record in Pool A.

 

Quotes

 

Ricardo Calvo, Cuba’s Captain: "We knew it wouldn’t be complicated and we went with a lot of confidence. Some changes were made. We played well and ended as expected.”

 

Pavel Pimienta, Coach of Cuba: "I think we met the goal of finishing first in the group and go directly to the semifinals. With the difference of points I think we will rest tomorrow and play the semifinals on Saturday. We made a few mistakes, but we should not commit those in this game."

 

Bryan Orozco, Nicaragua’s Captain: “We were in a tough group and our goal was to get the experience and improve. What I learned here I hope to take it with me to Nicaragua and be better in the next tournament.”

 

Osman Hernández, Nicaragua’s Coach: “The important thing is that the players got the experience and tried to improve. Six players from this group will go to the Central American U23 Championship and hope they raise the level.”

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Team USA Sweeps Cuba to Win NORCECA Gold

The U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team defeated Cuba, 25-23, 25-21, 25-20 on Saturday to win the NORCECA Boys’ Under-19 Continental Championship in front of a boisterous crowd at the Cox Business Center.

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Cuban women's judo squad prepares Worlds in Europe

The Cuban women's judo squad was set to travel Friday to training camps in Spain and France, to prepare for the World Championships in Chelyabinsk, Russia, in August.

Cuba's sports news website Jit reported the squad is headed by Idalis Ortiz, 2012 London Olympic and 2013 Rio de Janeiro world champion, and current world leader in the over 78-kg class.

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