Caribbean Cup: French Guiana qualifies for Gold Cup
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French Guiana (pictured) gathers for a team photo prior to facing host Haiti in a Caribbean Cup match on November 9, 2016, in Port-au-Prince.

 

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Sloan Privat scored three goals and French Guiana earned its first-ever CONCACAF Gold Cup berth by rallying to post a 5-2 win over host Haiti in a Scotiabank CFU Men’s Caribbean Cup on Wednesday at the Stade Sylvio Cator.

The third-round result ensured the French Guianese (2W-0D-0L, 6 points) a first-place finish in Group 2, while Haiti (0-0-1, 0) will have to beat St. Kitts & Nevis (0-0-1, 0) on Sunday to have any hope of booking a third straight trip to the biennial CONCACAF event.

It was a stunning reversal for the Haitians, who jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the fourth minute, when Mechak Jerome converted a penalty kick after Cedric Fabien fouled Wilde-Donald Guerrier in the box.

Duckens Nazon doubled the advantage in the 27th minute off a feed under-20 standout Roberto Louima.

Seven minutes before halftime, Privat halved the deficit with his first goal and set the stage for French Guiana’s second-half offensive outburst.

The Guingamp forward gave the visitor a lead it wouldn’t relinquish, leveling the score at 2-2 in the 58th minute and converting from the penalty spot six minutes later. Rhudy Evens (67’) and Ludovic Ball (90’+1) completed the scoreline as French Guiana extended its winning streak in the competition to three games. 

Curacao and Martinique previously secured 2017 Gold Cup places, while the Caribbean’s last direct berth will be decided Sunday with the winner Jamaica-Suriname winner progressing from Group 1.

The top three second-place sides will contest a round-robin playoff to determine which one will square off against Central America’s fifth-place squad for the last Gold Cup spot. Trinidad & Tobago is already guaranteed to be among that trio.

 

UPDATED RESULTS, TABLES & FIXTURES BELOW

 

2016/17 SCOTIABANK CFU MEN’S CARIBBEAN CUP

Third Round

GROUP 1

October 8, 2016: Andre Kamperveen Stadion – Paramaribo, Suriname

Suriname-Guyana 3-2 aet (0-1)

Mitchell Kisoor 58’; Galgyto Talea 103’; Ivanildo Rozenblad 110’ / Marcel Barrington 4’; Kai McKenzie-Lyle 120’

 

October 11, 2016: National Track and Field Facility – Leonora, Guyana

Guyana-Jamaica 2-4 (2-0)

Adrian Butters 7’; 30’ / Je-Vaughn Watson 63’; Dicoy Williams 88’; Shaun Francis 116’; Cory Burke 120’

 

Jamaica 1-1-0-0-4-2-3

Suriname 1-1-0-0-3-2-3

Guyana 2-0-0-2-4-7-0

November 13, 2016: Jamaica v Suriname

 

GROUP 2

October 8, 2016: Stade Edmard Lama -- Remire-Montjoly, French Guiana

French Guiana-St. Kitts & Nevis 1-0 (0-0)

Arnold Abelinti 63’

 

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

 

French Guiana 2-2-0-0-6-2-6

St. Kitts & Nevis 1-0-0-1-0-1-0

Haiti 1-0-0-1-2-5-0

November 13, 2016: St. Kitts & Nevis v Haiti

 

GROUP 3

Curacao 2-2-0-0-7-2-6

Antigua & Barbuda 2-1-0-1-2-3-3

Puerto Rico 2-0-0-2-2-6-0

 

October 5, 2016: Stadion Ergilio Hato – Willemstad, Curacao

Curacao-Antigua & Barbuda 3-0 (1-0)

Leandro Bacuna 12’; Rangelo Janga 80’; Gino van Kessel 90’

 

October 8, 2016: Antigua Recreation Ground – St. John’s, Antigua & Barbuda

Antigua & Barbuda-Puerto Rico 2-0 (1-0)

Peter Byers 43’; Stefan Smith 86’

 

October 11, 2016: Estadio Juan Ramon Loubriel – Bayamon, Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico-Curacao 2-4 (2-0)

Hector Ramos 16’; Michael Ramos 27’ / Rangelo Janga 69’; Leandro Bacuna 85’, 120’+1; Felitciano Zschusschen 97’

 

GROUP 4

Martinique 2-2-0-0-4-1-6

Trinidad & Tobago 2-1-0-1-4-2-3

Dominican Republic 2-0-0-2-1-6-0

 

October 5, 2016: Ato Boldon Stadium – Couva, Trinidad & Tobago

Trinidad & Tobago-Dominican Republic 4-0 (3-0)

Kevin Molino 14’, 18’, 55’; Cordell Cato 30’

 

October 8, 2016: Estadio Panamericano – San Cristobal, Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic-Martinique 1-2 (0-1)

Rony Beard 75’ / Steeven Langil 14’; Mathias Coureur 89’

 

October 11, 2016: Stade Pierre Aliker – Fort-de-France, Martinique

Martinique-Trinidad & Tobago 2-0 (0-0)

Kevin Parsemain 105’; Steeven Langil 120’