Duckens Nazon (blue jersey #20 ) is Haiti's leading scorer in 2016/17 Scotiabank CFU Men's Caribbean Cup play with two goals. (Photo: Mexsport)
COUVA, Trinidad & Tobago – If Haiti wants to keep alive hopes of playing in a seventh CONCACAF Gold Cup this summer, it has no choice than to beat Suriname in the 2016/17 Scotiabank CFU Men’s Caribbean Cup fifth-place playoff on Friday at Ato Boldon Stadium.
The Surinamese earned a 2-1 win after extra time against host Trinidad & Tobago on Wednesday, meaning that with another victory, the side from northern South America will advance to a playoff against the fifth-place finisher from this month’s Copa Centroamericana for the last Gold Cup berth.
Since reaching the quarterfinals of the 2015 Gold Cup, Haiti has experienced varied success. Les Grenadiers won a playoff last January against Trinidad & Tobago to qualify for the Copa America Centenario, where they lost each of their three games. That was followed by elimination from CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in September after posting a 1W-1D-4L record in fourth-round play.
This will be the Haitians first competition with Jean-Claude Josaphat at the managerial helm. Last week, the Fédération Haïtienne de Football announced that the long-time AS Mirebalais manager would replace Patrice Neveu, who stepped down after 12 months in charge.
If Haiti was to overcome Suriname and then defeat T&T on Sunday, it would advance to the Gold Cup qualifying playoff.
CONCACAF.com takes a look at Haiti:
Head Coach: Jean-Claude Josaphat
2016/17 Caribbean Cup Record: W-0; D-1; L-1; GF-4; GA-5
Goalscorers: Duckens Nazon (2); Wilde-Donald Guerrier, Mechak Jerome
CONCACAF Gold Cup Appearances: 6 (2000, 2002, 2007, 2009, 2013, 2015)
2016/17 SCOTIABANK CFU MEN’S CARIBBEAN CUP RESULTS
THIRD ROUND: GROUP 2 (2nd place)
November 9, 2016: Stade Sylvio Cator – Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Haiti-French Guiana 2-5 (2-1)
Mechak Jerome 4’ pen; Duckens Nazon 27’ / Sloan Privat 38’, 58’, 64’ pen; Rhudy Evens 67’; Ludovic Ball 90’+1
November 13, 2016: Warner Park Stadium – Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis
St. Kitts & Nevis-Haiti 0-2 aet (0-0)
Wilde-Donald Guerrier 102’; Duckens Nazon 119’
GOALKEEPERS: Steward Ceus (no club), Luis Valendi Odelus (Aigle Noir)
DEFENDERS: Jean Ambrose (Lokomotiv GO/Bulgaria), Wilguens Aristide (FICA), Alex Christian (AD Camacha/Portugal), Handy Delice (Cavaly AS), Mechack Jerome (Jacksonville Armada/USA), Paulson Pierre (Cibao FC/Domincan Republic), Samuel Pompe (Don Bosco FC) Waldo Vernet (Cavaly AS)
MIDFIELDERS: Romulaire Ambroise (Real du Cap), Derrick Etienne (New York Red Bulls/USA), Charles Herold (Cibao FC/Dominican Republic), Roberto Louima (Real du Cap), Sony Norde (Mumbai City/India), Listner Pierre-Louis (Le Puy Foot/France), Sebastien Thuriere (Sheik Russel KC/Bangladesh)
FORWARDS: Kervens Belfort (Kerala Blasters/India), Jonel Desire (AS Capoise), Duckens Nazon (Kerala Blasters/India)