The Honduran national soccer team was on the hunt for Canadian spies on Tuesday ahead of its game against Canada this week.
A drone was spotted in the sky, forcing Honduras to suspend training for fear of falling victim to Canadian spying. Canada and Honduras enter the final round of World Cup qualifying Thursday with a game at BMO Field.
Their trainer had to “take action in case of suspicion of Canadian espionage”, according to a report published in a Honduran publication. Diez.
Honduras stopped training until the drone left airspace.
Se reportan espías…
Desde la concentración del equipo de todos hay malestar por lo que evidenceemente es un acto de espionaje en torno al trabajo de preparación previo al juego de este jueves.
– Carlos Ordóñez (@ocarloshn) September 1, 2021
“Spies are being reported,” journalist Carlos Ordonez said in the above tweet, translated from Spanish. “From the focus of everyone’s squad, there is unease about what is obviously an act of espionage around the preparation work ahead of Thursday’s game.”
Team Canada head coach John Herdman gave a different explanation when speaking to reporters about the drone today.
“I imagine there are probably a lot of people in Canada who fly drones, I’m sure,” Herdman said. “And when a great team like Honduras shows up, I’m sure people are probably interested in what they’re doing when they come to our country.
“We won’t go to people’s countries too soon because… with drones these days people can obviously capture images. You have to be really careful. So yes, you have to be careful with CONCACAF. It is a delicate, delicate place.
Fans who try to influence the outcome of matches with off-field antics are nothing new in CONCACAF.
Canada often has to deal with rowdy fans in Central America trying to disrupt their sleep before away games. Ahead of a match in Panama in 2012, fans hosted a street party outside the Hotel du Canada, which included the lighting of fireworks the day before a World Cup qualifier. .
While we don’t know who flew the drone in Toronto, Honduras has reason to be a little paranoid.
The top three teams from the upcoming eight-team competition will advance to the World Cup, with the fourth-placed team advancing to the inter-confederation playoffs. Canada and Honduras both have good chances of securing World Cup spots, as Concacaf’s fifth and sixth-ranked teams, so games between them are of added importance.
With elite talent like Alphonso Davies and Jonathan David on the roster, there is real optimism that this generation of Canadian players can bring our country back to soccer’s brightest stadium.
This is the first time in 24 years that Canada has reached the final phase of qualifying at Concacaf. Canada last qualified for the FIFA World Cup in 1986, the first and only time in our country’s history.
As a bonus, it looks like the games will be televised in Canada. National team matches in recent years have only been seen on the OneSoccer online streaming site, as fans questioned why TSN or Sportsnet wouldn’t step in to secure TV rights.
Canada’s three qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in this window will be broadcast live on major Canadian television networks.
– Ben Steiner (@ BenSteiner00) September 1, 2021
It seems to be a thing of the past, as Thursday’s game against Honduras will be televised on Sportsnet, starting at 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT. Sunday’s game will be broadcast on TSN, while the September 8 game against El Salvador will be broadcast on Sportsnet.