Caicedo: Ecuador can be most eye-catching team

Young midfielder confident his country will be successful in Qatar.

By Charlie Hanson • 17 November 2022

By Paul Hazlewood
The midfielder is likely to play a key role for Ecuador at this winter's competition.

Moises Caicedo will be fulfilling a dream by playing at the World Cup, but the Ecuadorian insists his country aren’t there just to make up the numbers.

The 21-year-old believes that Ecuador could surprise a few and is confident they can get out of Group A, where the face Qatar in Sunday’s opening game, the Netherlands and Senegal.

“I’m convinced Ecuador will do a great job,” he said. “I have confidence in my teammates. Our aim is to give the best image of Ecuadorian players. We want to be one of the most eye-catching sides at the World Cup, that’s our purpose, and I’m sure we’ll be able to achieve that.

“I can’t guarantee we’ll make it to the semi-finals or to the final, but something I’m sure of is that we’ll go far. And you’ll see it in the World Cup!

By Paul Hazlewood
Moises Caicedo has made 25 appearances for Albion.

“I think Ecuador will be one of the favourites. I’m sure we’ll be competitive in Qatar in every single game. Our hard work will be reflected in every game, to give the best account of ourselves and try to fulfil our dream.”

The midfielder was inspired by the Ecuador team that made it to the World Cup in 2014, but were knocked out in the group stages.

Despite beating Honduras and claiming an impressive point against France, conceding a late winner to Switzerland in their opening match proved costly as they finished third.


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Caicedo: We'll be competitive in Qatar

“Back in Ecuador I used to watch all the team’s games. I remember our last World Cup, Brazil 2014. Since that moment I felt like I had to do my best to be part of the next one. After all the hard work, effort and dedication I can now fulfil my dream.

I’m very happy and working hard on myself to perform well in the World Cup, always with a smile on my face. It's every player's dream, and I'm going to make it come true.

“The team as a whole are feeling excited because for many of us this will be our first time at a World Cup. We’re training with great joy and enthusiasm, with a sense of purpose. Our clubs have prepared us well and I believe that will be reflected in the World Cup.”