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|Amilcar Henriquez was gunned down in a drive-by shooting last year
Henriquez will be in the Panama players' minds when they play in Russia
Panama face a tough test against Belgium in their first group game
Panama's stars will be playing 188bet through sadness when they make their World Cup debut as they remember fallen team-mate Amilcar Henriquez who was murdered last year.
Henriquez, a 33-year-old midfielder, was gunned down in a drive-by shooting, as he was playing football with friends in the crime-ridden Colon region of the central American country.
‘His dream was to play a World Cup,’ said Henriquez’s widow, Gixiani Pena.
‘He used to tell me: “God willing, we’re going to go make it to this World Cup”.’
No one has ever been arrested for the murder which has shocked Panamanian 188bet football and left a massive void in the squad as they get ready for their first World Cup and showdowns with Belgium, England and Tunisia.
Henriquez earned the last of his 85 international caps playing in a World Cup qualifier against the United States in March 2017. A few weeks later he was dead.
‘It was painful and is still painful. We miss him,’ said their Colombian coach Hernan Dario Gomez.
‘I argued with him many times, but Amilcar was one of the players who did the most so that I could come to Panama.’ 188bet