Nicaragua's women's soccer team is traveling to Cuba Monday to play friendly matches with the Caribbean nation.
The games will be played at Havana's Pedro Marrero national stadium.The director of Nicaragua's women soccer team, Dalila Lopez, told Prensa Latina, that it was a great opportunity for both the teams to learn.
For the Nicaraguan team, this will be a great opportunity to learn techniques from their Caribbean counterparts, like warm up, discipline, physical tenor including speed and strength, which are distinct from the Central American players, Lopez stressed.
Lopez also affirmed that more than just sports, the visit to the Caribbean island's capital, Havana, is a great opportunity for the Nicaraguan delegation to learn about Cuba's rich history. The director stressed that it's important that the teams also have a pleasant experience.
The Nicaraguan team players have been working since ages 7 or 10, Lopez informed. Further adding that she hopes the experience is rewarding to their Cuban counterpart as well.
"They are the best we have of our players, physically they have done a good job that was the Achilles heel we had," Lopez told Prensa Latina, further adding that Fenifut, the Nicaraguan Football Federation has been supportive.
Lopez also praised media's efforts in bringing attention and increased viewership to the women's teams, like the 11th Central American Games held in Nicaragua in December, where the stadiums were filled to see women playing the sport.
Nicaragua's national team is preparing for the Olympic Qualifying Games of the Central American Football Union, to be held in June in Managua, as well as for the Central American and Caribbean Games, to be held in July in Barranquilla, Colombia.