Caribbean Cup Fifth-Place Playoff opens Wednesday

If Trinidad & Tobago (pictured) hopes to make a 10th CONCACAF Gold Cup appearance, it must win the 2016/17 Caribbean Cup fifth-place playoff to remain in contention. (Photo: TTFA Media)

COUVA, Trinidad & Tobago – The 2016/17 Scotiabank CFU Men's Caribbean Cup fifth-place playoff opens on Wednesday, when host Trinidad & Tobago and Suriname meet at Ato Boldon Stadium.

The match is part of a three-game, round-robin competition that pits the top three, second-place sides from the third round – including Haiti – against each other. The eventual first-place finisher will advance to a two-legged playoff against the fifth-place team from the Copa Centroamericana, which will be contested later this month, for the last berth in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

2016/17 Scotiabank CFU Men's Caribbean Cup -- Fifth-Place Playoff
Ato Boldon Stadium – Couva, Trinidad & Tobago
January 4-8, 2017

Wednesday -- January 4, 2017
Trinidad & Tobago v Suriname, 7:00 p.m.

Friday – January 6, 2017
Suriname v Haiti, 7:00 p.m.

Sunday – January 8, 2017
Haiti v Trinidad & Tobago, 5:00 p.m.

By virtue of topping their third-round groups, Jamaica, French Guiana, Curacao and Martinique have advanced to the Caribbean Cup finals (June 22-25, 2017) and earned Gold Cup places.  Trinidad &Tobago is tied with Jamaica for the most Gold Cup appearances by a Caribbean nation with nine, while Haiti has played in six and Suriname is looking to qualify for the first time.