Glucosoral head coach Eduardo Estrada (pictured) provides instruction to his team during a 2014 CONCACAF Futsal Club Championship match. (Photo: Omar Solis Diaz)
GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala – Noted futsal head coach Eduardo Estrada is pleased by what he is witnessing at the inaugural CONCACAF Futsal Club Championship, currently being contested in Guatemala.
With the participation of teams from six of the confederation’s member associations – Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico – Estrada’s confidence that this version of the world’s most popular sport can continue to grow has been lifted.
The manager of Guatemalan champion Glucosoral, which defeated U.E.S. (10-2) in its tournament opener on Wednesday, says that this type of competition will contribute to futsal’s development in the region.
"We hope that many of these tournaments are played because it is necessary for the development of CONCACAF futsal,” Estrada expressed.
Though his club – which recently won a tournament in Suriname -- is one of the favorites to lift the trophy after Sunday’s final, Estrada prefers to take a game-by-game approach.
"There are things we need to improve,” he noted. “We came from a tournament in Suriname, which was very hard. The team is a little tired. We hope they go from less to more in the championship.”
Estrada guided the Guatemala national team in the last two editions of the FIFA Futsal World Cup (Brazil 2008 and Thailand 2012), but he’s focused on his next challenge – defeating Cuba’s Habana on Friday to win Group A.
"We hope to play another game of good standard, of much intensity, against Habana, which is a team of much experience that forms the basis of the Cuban national team,” the 53-year-old concluded. “I believe that it will be a more demanding game.”