MANAGUA, Nicaragua – For the second straight year Nicaraguan side CD Walter Ferretti will test itself against some of the best in the CONCACAF region in the 2018 Scotiabank CONCACAF League.
If fans of the club were perhaps worried about a possible drop off when it begins its SCL campaign next Wednesday, August 1 versus Club Franciscain of Martinique, think again.
“The team is very motivated, with a lot of desire to face this new challenge,” said GK Denis Espinoza to LigaPrimera.com.
A year ago, Walter Ferretti did what only one Nicaraguan club (Diriangen) had ever accomplished, which was advancing from a round of play in a CONCACAF tournament when they eliminated Belize’s Belmopan Bandits 5-1 on aggregate in the Round of 16 in the 2017 SCL.
This time around, the hopes and dreams of the Pinolero squad are far more ambitious.
“The team is pretty young. It is loosening up from the load of preseason, the emotions are very high and we have good expectations. We believe we can put together a good tournament and qualify for the Champions League,” said Espinoza.
While there has been an infusion of youth into Walter Ferretti, that movement has been balanced out by the addition of savvy veteran striker Samuel Wilson.
A player with 19 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League matches on his resume and one SCCL goal from his days with Real Esteli, the 34-year-old knows how to handle the pressures of CONCACAF competition.
“Ferretti has been coming in winning the respect of all the teams in the Liga Nacional,” said Wilson to LigaPrimera.com. “It’s always fighting for the top spots; The CONCACAF tournament is an important challenge. We know the demands of this type of tournament, but I have confidence in my teammates and we hope to do things well on the field,” concluded Wilson.
After the first leg in Martinique on August 1, the two sides will square off in the second leg on August 8 in Costa Rica.