Canada are set to kick off their first World Cup marketing campaign since 1986 on Wednesday, going through Belgium on the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium.
The North American aspect certified for the event after concluding the Concacaf cycle in first place with 28 factors from 14 video games, edging out Mexico and the US. Now, as Canada prepares for his or her first World Cup match in 36 years, head coach John Herdman insists the workforce will seize each alternative.
“That’s the chance we’ve got right here,” Herdman mentioned earlier than their Group F opener. “Coming right into a sport like this, we don’t have a large amount to lose, only a real alternative to make it our cup remaining.”
Past the underdog label, the CanMNT gamers are targeted on qualifying for the round-of-16. But it surely gained’t be a simple journey, as Group F boasts Belgium, Croatia, and Morocco.
“We’re past excited that we made it to the world’s greatest stage, however I simply need to be clear that we’re not right here simply to take pleasure in or take part. We’re right here to get a job executed,” mentioned veteran defender Steven Vitoria.
“You already know, we imagine inside our group. So I feel, with the standard that we’ve got and the brotherhood that we’ve got, we will go so far as we need to go,” added midfielder Jonathan Osorio.
Canada didn’t advance past the group stage in 1986, shedding all three video games to sit down in fourth place behind the Soviet Union, France, and Hungary. However this present CanMNT aspect are decided to make historical past and are outfitted with the expertise to take action.
“We imagine in what we will do as a workforce. We’ve performed in opposition to lots of good squads, good gamers and we belief in ourselves. We belief in every one on the workforce,” concluded 39-year-old Atiba Hutchinson.