Haiti's Alex Christian (right) looks to make a pass against Suriname during their Scotiabank CFU Men's Caribbean Cup fifth-place playoff match on January 6, 2017, in Couva, Trinidad & Tobago. (Photo: CA-Images)
COUVA, Trinidad & Tobago – Haiti’s CONCACAF Gold Cup fate remains in its own hands after posting a 4-2 win over Suriname (1W-0D-1L, 3 points) in the 2016/17 Scotiabank CFU Men’s Caribbean Cup fifth-place playoff on Friday at Ato Boldon Stadium.
With a victory over host Trinidad & Tobago on Sunday at the same venue, Les Grenadiers (1-0-0, 3) will advance to a decisive Gold Cup qualifying playoff against the fifth-place finisher in this month’s Copa Centroamericana. The Trinidadians will progress with a win of two goals or more, while Suriname has been eliminated from contention.
Haiti took a 4-0 lead, before Suriname responded with two strikes in the encounter’s final minutes.
Charles Herold (25’) and Andrew Jean-Baptiste (42’) netted before halftime, with 19-year-old Jonel Desire (48’) and an own-goal by Gillermo Faerber (80’) doubling the advantage afterwards.
Although Suriname couldn’t remedy its own predicament, it did aid on the goal difference one faced by Trinidad thanks to late tallies by Dimitrie Apai (87’) -- who plays for Trinidad’s DirecTV W Connection – and Sergino Eduard (90+1).
In their last meeting, Haiti defeated T&T, 1-0, in a single-game Copa America Centenario qualifying playoff on January 8, 2016 (same date as their match on Sunday), in Panama City, Panama