Latics stars’ hopes dented

Latics defender Maynor Figueroa battles for the ball with Morten Gamst Pederson

Latics defender Maynor Figueroa battles for the ball with Morten Gamst Pederson

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THERE was international frustration for two of Latics’ aces at the weekend.

Maynor Figueroa’s hopes of making it to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil took a blow in the early hours of yesterday morning, as his Honduras side suffered a morale-sapping 2-0 home defeat to Panama in their opening group qualification match.

Playing the full 90 minutes in San Pedro, alongside former Latics midfielder Wilson Palacios, Figueroa was unable to prevent the disappointing result, with Blas Perez scoring two second-half goals for the visitors.

The result leaves Honduras bottom of Group C ahead of their next qualification match against Canada in Toronto tomorrow.

Meanwhile, sought-after midfielder Victor Moses won his third cap for Nigeria but was denied victory with his national side after a late equalising goal from Malawi resulted in the World Cup qualifier ending in a draw.

Moses played 72 minutes in the away tie and must have thought victory was settled when Ruben Gabriel scored in the 89th minute. However, deep into stoppage time the Super Eagles were dealt a blow when John Banda hit home a last gasp leveller.

With two games played Nigeria still occupy top spot in Group F in this the penultimate qualification stage with four points, and do not play another group match until next year.