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Panama president announces national holiday to celebrate the World Cup berth

PANAMA CITY: Panama president Juan Carlos Varela has declared a national holiday in celebration at the central American country´s first ever qualification for the World Cup.

“It´s a historic day for the country. Thursday will be a national holiday for public and private sector workers,” Varela said on Twitter on Wednesday.

Panama came from behind to beat Costa Rica 2-1 on Tuesday and book a ticket to Russia 2018.

The victory left them third in the CONCACAF area qualification behind Mexico and Costa Rica, and sensationally helped knock the United States out of contention.

Thousands of Panamanians celebrated long into the night in the capital Panama City as a cacophony of car horns greeted the historic news.

“Today the planets aligned, you must never lose faith,” Varela had said on the Estadio Rommel Fernandez pitch in the capital following the match.

Although not Panama´s national game, football is rapidly catching up with baseball and boxing as the country´s favorite sport.

ICC confirms the details of Ireland’s inaugural Test match

KARACHI: The International Cricket Council has confirmed Wednesday they’re close to finalising details of Ireland’s inaugural Test match.

The first-ever match in Ireland’s history is “likely” to be staged in Dublin against Pakistan next year, the cricket.com.au quoted an ICC spokesperson as saying.

It is understood that talks between Ireland and Pakistan have been ongoing over the Test match schedule to be played in late April or early May.

The ICC, in a media release on Tuesday, said that Pakistan will play a “red ball” match against Ireland in April ahead of their two-Test tour of England next year.

A spokesperson for Cricket Ireland declined to confirm whether the Test has been locked in.