MANAGUA, Nicaragua – Since he joined Walter Ferretti in 2008, the play of goalkeeper Denis Espinoza has been key to many memorable moments.
There was the 2014/15 Nicaraguan league title and a first-ever appearance in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League (SCCL) just months later, where the club nearly got a result at eventual-champion Club America, falling 1-0.
With Walter Ferretti kicking off its campaign in the inaugural Scotiabank CONCACAF League on Thursday night against the visiting Belmopan Bandits, Espinoza is proud to be part of history once again.
“I feel that all the sacrifice as an athlete bears fruit to the maximum level,” the 33-year-old custodian told CONCACAF.com. “Now, participating in this event is to credit the maximum performance throughout the season. This fills me with a lot of pride and a lot of motivation to give my best of me and, in that way, help our team.”
In its SCCL adventure three years ago, Walter Ferretti lost each of its four games, but always gave the look of a team ready to compete. If performances from that competition can be replicated in the SCL, the Rojinegros could prove to be a factor.
“I think that the main thing would be to keep more possession of the ball and try to make the most of the spaces that the opponent can leave,” responded Espinoza, when asked what Walter Ferretti has to do to be successful against the Belizean champion. “Yes, we are ready and prepared, looking forward to the day with a lot of desire.”
Even though the match will be played in Esteli – about 92 miles from Walter Ferretti’s Managua home – Espinoza is looking forward to strong fan support. Regardless of the distance, however, the team promises to give everything to the cause.
“We are the greatest exponent of football in the capital and part of the nation,” Espinoza finished. “We are a team committed to our fans, living and feeling like them every minute of the game…because we are the glorious Rojinegro of Nicaragua.
“Somos C.D. Walter Ferretti!”