ESTELI, Nicaragua – Walter Ferretti’s attempt to become the first Nicaraguan side to advance to the semifinals of a CONCACAF club competition continues Thursday, when it hosts Plaza Amador in the first leg of their of Scotiabank CONCACAF League quarterfinal at the Estadio Independencia.
The Rojinegros prevailed over the Belmopan Bandits in the Round of 16 (agg: 5-1), while their Panamanian opponent edged past Portmore United, 5-4 on penalty kicks (agg: 1-1).
“We will try to make more history,” said goalkeeper Denis Espinoza. “We feel proud and capable of battling with them (Plaza Amador) equally and trying to find a positive result in which we would win at home.”
It will not be an easy task. Plaza Amador currently sits unbeaten atop the 2017 Panamanian Apertura table with a 4W-1D-0L record. Last season, it conceded only 18 total goals during the two regular seasons.
Nevertheless, Espinoza believes it is time for Nicaragua to shine on the CONCACAF stage.
“We have a lot of desire,” he finished. “We’re not intimidated against any team. We try to give our best. We’re consumed by improving each day. Hopefully, we can find that level we have been meeting to keep building victories and making history for Nicaraguan football.”