Groups Announced for CONCACAF 2012 Futsal Championship
By Steven Torres
NEW YORK (4/12/12) - The groups for the 2012 CONCACAF Futsal Championship were announced following the draw held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala on 12 April … Host and defending champion Guatemala, will be in Group A along side Panama, USA and the winner of the Canada-El Salvador playoff, while Group B is composed of Cuba, Costa Rica, Mexico and St. Kitts & Nevis … The schedule of matches will be unveiled in due course … The eight-team tournament will take place at Ciudad de Guatemala’s Domo Polideportivo from 2-8 July and will qualify for the first time four nations to the FIFA Futsal World Cup Thailand 2012.
CANADA-EL SALVADOR PLAYOFF DATES SET: The final berth to the 2012 CONCACAF Futsal Championship will be determined with a two-game playoff between Canada and El Salvador scheduled for 28 and 29 June, respectively at the Domo Polideportivo in Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala … The winner will join Panama, USA and the host in Group A of the CONCACAF tournament.
AGUSTIN CAMPUZANO LOPEZ TAKES OVER THE HELM OF PANAMA: Cuban native Agustin Campuzano Lopez was named Panama’s futsal team head coach on 12 April … The 60-year-old was an assistant coach for Cuba in three consecutive CONCACAF Tournaments (1996-2004) where the Leones del Caribe were runners-up and qualified to the FIFA Futsal World Cups.