MIAMI, Florida - One of the most interesting pairings to come out of last week's 2018 Scotiabank CONCACAF League draw was the series featuring Honduran side Motagua against Belmopan Bandits of Belize.
Motagua has a long history in CONCACAF, with four appearances in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League and participations in the 1969 CONCACAF Champions Cup and 2001 CONCACAF Giants Cup.
Meanwhile, Belmopan Bandits made their debut in a CONCACAF tournament in last year's inaugural SCL.
Yet for Motagua Head Coach Diego Vazquez, the opportunity to shine on the CONCACAF stage is incentive enough for his team.
"It is a CONCACAF League that is hugely important, a growing tournament in its second edition and something that rewards the work of Central American clubs," said Vazquez in an exclusive interview with CONCACAF.com at the 2018 SCL Draw in Miami, Florida.
"We are against the Belizean side and we hope to play a good first game [at home] to then be able to advance there," added Vazquez.
Despite never having faced each other, there will be some familiarity between the two sides.
A trio of Hondurans, led by former Honduras international Georgie Welcome, lead a Bandits squad that piled in eight goals in the Belize Premier League final.
Vazquez knows a stiff challenge awaits his team.
"No just [Welcome] but they have other big players. All opponents are complex and we will surely not underestimate anyone. We will work in the best way to advance. The two matches are important. Whoever plays best during the 180 minutes will advance so you have to play two good matches to be able to win," concluded Vazquez.