political turmoil in honduras

Honduras aim to keep U.S. match at home

September 24, 2009

Honduras are determined to keep next month's World Cup qualifier against the U.S. on home soil despite the country's political turmoil, a top Honduran soccer official was quoted as saying on Thursday.

This weekend's first division matches have been postponed because of the crisis sparked by the return to Honduras of President Manuel Zelaya, brought down in a coup three months ago, who has taken refuge in the Brazilian embassy.

Local media have reported the qualifier against the U.S. scheduled for Oct. 10 in Honduras' second city San Pedro Sula could be moved to a neighbouring country for security reasons.

"That match belongs to us and we won't allow anyone to trample over us and take the game elsewhere," Honduran federation (Fenafuth) secretary Alfredo Hawit said on La Prensa newspaper's website.

"We played against Costa Rica and Trinidad & Tobago in the same climate of political crisis and nothing happened.

"We are going to defend tooth and nail (our right) to play this match in our country. No one has consulted us about anything."

Hawit added that he could guarantee the U.S. team proper security in San Pedro Sula. There has been one death in clashes between security forces and Zelaya supporters in the capital Tegucigalpa since the deposed president returned on Monday.