• Monday Nov 12, 2012

    Grenada looks for return to winning ways

    ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada - Starting Wednesday, Grenada takes center stage as Caribbean Cup second round play resumes with Group 6 action between the host, Haiti, Guyana and French Guyana.

    Grenada is no stranger to success in the competition, earning qualification for the last two CONCACAF Gold Cups. In the 2010 Caribbean finals, it finished in fourth after dropping a 1-0 decision to Cuba in the third-place game. Two years earlier, a 2-0 loss to Jamaica in the championship match enabled it to equal its best-ever finish in the tournament.

    The Spice Boys, though, failed to make it past the second round of World Cup qualifying for Brazil 2014, winning only once in six games and completing their campaign nearly a year ago with a 4-1 loss at home against Guatemala. They can expect an equally difficult challenge at the Grenada National Football Stadium over the next week.

    Cheney Joseph, President of the Grenada Football Association, told CONCACAF,com that his national selection and the entire country are ready for the task ahead.

    "Grenada feels confident of qualifying for the finals of the CFU Caribbean Cup," said Cheney. "The players have played together in the past despite a lack of international friendlies, with the last being February against Guyana, one of the teams in Group 6.

    "The inclusion of six overseas-based players, including Clive Murray, Kithson Bain and Craig Rocastle, should provide coach Alister Debellotte with the confidence needed to play in front of their home fans."

    There is also a familiar theme of national pride sweeping the country and Grenadians are excited to see top level football again. Joseph expects the stadium to be filled to capacity come match days.

    "By us hosting a leg of the semifinals provides Grenadian football lovers an opportunity to see some of the best Caribbean teams including Haiti, a former CFU Cup winner, Guyana qualifier in the third round of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and French Guyana, a team Grenada last played in 1989 and defeated 3-1 in Grenada," he added. "The current renewed interest of youth in the game also provides an opportunity for many to see what they hope will be a feat which they hope to also accomplish representing Grenada someday."

    The Group 6 winner and runner-up will advance to the Caribbean Cup finals, which will be played in Antigua and Barbuda.

    CFU Caribbean Cup
    Second Round
    All times U.S. Eastern (Local times in parentheses)

    Group 6
    At St. George's, Grenada
    Wednesday, November 14
    Haiti vs. Guyana, 5 p.m. (6 p.m.)
    Grenada vs. French Guyana, 7 p.m. (8 p.m.)

    Friday, November 16
    French Guyana vs. Haiti, 5 p.m. (6 p.m.)
    Grenada vs. Guyana, 7 p.m. (8 p.m.)

    Sunday, November 18
    Guyana vs. French Guyana, 5 p.m. (6 p.m.)
    Grenada vs. Haiti, 7 p.m. (8 p.m.)

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