Panama U20s to face Peru in January friendlies
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Action from the Central American under-20 qualifier between host Panama and Guatemala (white jersey) on July 10, 2016, in Panama City.

PANAMA CITY, Panama – The Panama under-20 national team will visit its counterparts in Peru for friendlies on January 2 and 4, the Federación Panameña de Fútbol announced Friday.

Head coach Leonardo Pipino is using the trip as part of his preparations for the next CONCACAF Under-20 Championship, which will be played February 17-March 5, 2017, in Costa Rica.

At the CONCACAF event, which qualifies four teams to the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Korea Republic, the Canaleros will face Group B opponents United States (February 18), St. Kitts & Nevis (February 21) and Haiti (February 24).

Panama has made five appearances in the FIFA U-20 World Cup (2003, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2015).