Friday, October 16, 2009

Honduras: World Cup sweetness

Yesterday Micheletti had the World Cup qualifying football team in to the presidential house, trying to hog the national celebration. Team captain Amado Guevara, in a lovely gesture, sent a jersey to Pres. Zelaya with a message of support.

Above is his mom Flor presenting it to Zelaya's daughter Pichu.

Update: 3:00pm, 17 Oct - Bonus! Adrienne Pine's friend Oscar reports that Amado Guevara declined to receive his medal from the dictators at the ceremony Micheletti arranged. Update: 2:30pm, 21 Oct - Or maybe not; see comments.
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4 Comments:

At 8:21 PM, October 16, 2009, Anonymous ovid said...

Brilliant!

 
At 6:33 PM, October 17, 2009, OpenID phoenixwoman said...

There's now some question about Amado Guerrero. He denies having sent the shirt to Pichu and has thanked Micheletti. His mother is a key Resistencia person. He is undoubtedly under heavy pressure to not break publicly from the dictatorship. (From the La Tribuna version) He claims to be apolitical. He denies having rejected the medal.

 
At 12:54 AM, October 18, 2009, Blogger Nell said...

I have no idea what the norm is for financing/managing national teams for the World Cup, and how Honduras compares with other countries, but I've read several references to the national team being "owned" (financed, I assumed) by coup supporters. Ferrari is involved, I think.

But there's also a reference (in the Xinhua link in yesterday's post on Zelaya celebrating) to the team having been given public funding for the first time, or the first time in a while, during his administration.

So I imagine that even without a coup there'd be pressure on a popular captain over who to associate himself with. In the current situation, with a politically committed mother... Well, good luck, dude.

But man up about the jersey; are you really saying your mother forged the message written on it?

(Flor Guevara does have that Resistance look, doesn't she? Me gusta. :>)

 
At 5:56 PM, October 18, 2009, OpenID phoenixwoman said...

Apparently it's unclear who controls the Seleccion. This sports journalists from La Prensa describes the chaotic decision making. Wikipedia does not list Ferrari. El Libertador lists Ferrari as a team owner, but it lists him as one of many owners.

A gentleman would not contradict his mother in public, IMO. As for the inscription... I've never seen either one's handwriting. The penmanship does seem awfully good for a man's.

--Charles

 

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