• Sunday May 21, 2017

    Cibao FC boosts Dominican football, aims for history

    Cibao FC's Charles Herold Jr. (pictured) in Caribbean Club Championship action against Grenades FC on May 16, 2017, in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago. (Photo: CA-Images)

    PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad & Tobago – If you want to be the best, you have to beat the best.

    That sports-related saying came to life at Hasely Crawford Stadium on Thursday night, when the Dominican Republic’s Cibao FC earned a 1-0 victory over two-time defending champion Central FC to seal a place in the 2017 Caribbean Club Championship final Sunday against San Juan Jabloteh.

    The winner of the decider qualifies for the 2018 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League.

    “This was a very important victory for us,” winger Charles Herold Jr. said after the game. “We had to work very hard because Central are a very good team and they are the defending champions. We had to bring our best game because we knew it would be a close game as it turned out. We had to defend well and, of course, we didn't let panic step in and it was a great feeling to hold on until the final whistle.”

    Cibao, which competes in the Liga Dominicana de Fútbol, was founded in 2015; a fact that makes its current success even more impressive.

    “Cibao is a new club and it is a great achievement for us to come here and go all the way to the final,” expressed Herold, a 26-year-old Haiti international. “It will a major accomplishment for us to win the title and qualify for the Champions League.”

    Even with a loss to San Juan Jabloteh, Cibao – at the least -- has already clinched a spot in the 2017 Scotiabank CONCACAF League. Additional international competition will be a big boost to football in the Dominican Republic.

    Herold concurred, finishing: “This will be a very big honor for football in the Dominican Republic if we can win the championship after just two years existing as a club and also moving into a big competition such as the CONCACAF Champions League.

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