Figueroa to figure at Olympics

Wigan's Maynor Figueroa will be going to the Olympics in London
Wigan's Maynor Figueroa will be going to the Olympics in London

MAYNOR Figueroa will represent Wigan Athletic on the biggest stage of all this summer after being selected for Honduran Olympic football squad.

The 29-year-old has succeeded where David Beckham and Jenny Meadows failed, and will be one of three over-age players in the party.

Figueroa is Wigan’s all-time most capped player, and is closing in on a century of caps for his homeland. He’s already represented his country with distinction at the World Cup as well as the Gold Cup, and will complete the hat-trick in the London Games.

Latics fans wishing to follow Figueroa’s progress will be able to see Honduras take on Morocco at Hampden Park on July 26, Spain at St James’ Park on July 29, and Japan at the City of Coventry Stadium on August 1.

Honduras will also play friendly internationals over the next fortnight against Gabon, UAE and Eyypt, ruling Figueroa out of Wigan’s pre-season tour of Austria, which departs on Monday.

Should Honduras make it all the way through to the final, Figueroa would be required all the way up to August 11 – a week before Latics kick-off their Premier League campaign against Chelsea at the DW.

Roberto Martinez would then be left to assess where Figueroa’s exertions had left him in relation to his Wigan colleagues, who would be nearing the end of their own personalised pre-season programmes.

Meanwhile, Latics will take on crack German outfit Hoffenheim during their forthcoming training camp in Austria.

The glamour friendly will take place on July 28, with Latics also scheduled to take on Bulgarian outfit Botev Plovdic on July 26, and a local XI on July 24.

All games will take place in the Obersosterreich region of Austria, in the Linz district – and are subject to change.