This 2022 is shaping up to be “a very difficult year” in the words of Panamanian midfielder Aníbal Godoy, “a year” in which he hopes to achieve – in the next four months – the long-awaited goal of qualifying for the World Cup in Qatar. And although on Sunday Panama faces Peru, in Lima, the mind of “Samurai” is already in San José, Costa Rica.
For Godoy, the important thing right now is to keep a positive mind to try to arrive in the best possible way for the transcendental commitment of January 27, against Costa Rica, in San José. A match that for the Panamanian midfielder “will mark the way.”
On Sunday, January 16, when Panama meets Peru in a friendly clash, the purpose – Godoy indicated – is to “try” to “take a little rhythm” in the face of the duel in the Costa Rican capital.
“We want to arrive well for the qualifying rounds, we don’t know who the ‘teacher’ (Thomas Christiansen) is going to count on; for us there are no friendlies, you have to play everything one hundred percent, “said the midfielder.
The captain of the national team referred to the infections by Covid-19 that have occurred within the senior team: “The virus is not seen, one does not know where it is and what one can do the most is to be at the highest level defensive possible; unfortunately, we have colleagues who have tested positive for Covid and me, personally, it is better that they come out (the positives) now than a day before the game (in San José) ”.
In 2021 – said the MLS Nashville player – he closed with an important victory against El Salvador that “emotionally gave the country a bonus to spend the end of the year holidays in the best way.”
“This (2022) is a different year, we continue with the process. Costa Rica is also preparing and they know that the final is against us and we against them; because they know that if we win that match, the group of four (Canada, the US, Mexico and Panama) will separate and we will be fighting face to face with those who are at the top (of the classification), Godoy stressed. .
The midfielder reiterated that the match against the Ticos is the one that will lead the way and affirmed that the group is well aware of this. “You have to be prepared (…) try to wait for that day, we are anxiously waiting for it.”
The last time that Panamanians and Costa Ricans met was on September 2, 2021, a duel that ended level (0-0) at the Rommel, on the first day of the Octagonal.
After eight dates, Canada leads the Octagonal with 16 units and is escorted by the United States and Mexico with 15 and 14 points, respectively. Panama is fourth with 14 points. Costa Rica (9 pts.), Jamaica (7 pts.), El Salvador (6 pts.) And Honduras (3 pts.) Complete the table.