Trinidad & Tobago's Aubrey David (#26) looks to make a cross against French Guiana in their Caribbean Cup game on November 13, 2014, in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica – There’s much at stake, when Group A play in the 2014 Caribbean Cup finals concludes Saturday at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.
The doubleheader’s nightcap is a rematch of the 2012 final as first-place Trinidad & Tobago (2-0-0, 6 points) takes on second-place Cuba (1-1-0, 4 points).
Two years ago, the Cubans captured their first Caribbean title, outlasting the Soca Warriors 1-0 after extra time on a goal by Marcel Hernandez.
The Trinidadians, who have already earned place in next year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup, need only a draw to win the group and secure a place in Tuesday’s final.
Cuba finds itself in a more precarious position. Depending on the result of the opener between French Guiana (0-1-1, 1 point) and previously-eliminated Curacao (0-0-2, 0 points), the Lions of the Caribbean can qualify for the Gold Cup with a win, draw or a loss.
French Guiana is still alive, but anything less than a victory over the Curacaoans will hand Cuba a direct ticket to the Gold Cup.
CONCACAF.com takes a look at the happenings in Jamaica with the fifth installment of Caribbean Cup notebook:
French Guiana v Curacao, 5:30 p.m.
- Michael Solvi (90’+4) scored French Guiana’s lone goal in 1-1 draw v Cuba, while Brian St. Clair (64') and Jean-David Legrand (84') netted in a 4-2 loss v Trinidad & Tobago
- French Guiana has only one win its last six 2014 Caribbean Cup outings (1W, 3D, 2L)
- French Guiana is the only team to advance to the final round after opening the competition in the preliminary round
- French Guiana’s Gabriel Pigree is the 2014 Caribbean Cup’s top overall scorer with eight goals, all in qualifying
- French Guiana scored the most goals of any team in qualifying (22)
- Curacao has only one win in its last six 2014 Caribbean Cup outings (1W, 2D, 3L)
- Rihairo Meulens (18’), Gianluca Maria (48’) scored Curacao’s goals in a 3-2 loss to Trinidad & Tobago, while Prince Rajcomar (45') and Gevaro Nepomuceno (69') netted in a 3-2 loss v Cuba
- Curacao conceded only four goals in six qualifying matches, but has allowed six in two encounters in the finals
Cuba v Trinidad & Tobago, 8:00 p.m.
- Cuba is the Caribbean Cup’s defending champion, defeating Trinidad & Tobago 1-0 after extra time in the 2012 final on a 113th minute goal by Marcel Hernandez
- Ariel Martinez (57’) scored Cuba’s lone goal in 1-1 draw v French Guiana, while Jorge Luis Corrales (15'), Yasmany Lopez (51') and Orisbel Leiva (90'+5) netted in 3-2 win v Curacao
- Cuba has qualified for seven straight CONCACAF Gold Cups
- In five 2014 Caribbean Cup matches (qualifying & finals), Trinidad & Tobago is a perfect 5-0-0 (16 GF, 5 GA)
- Kenwyne Jones (26' pen, 38') and Kevin Molino (52') scored in Trinidad & Tobago’s 3-2 win over over Curacao, while Kevin Molino (17', 58'), Lester Peltier (62' pen), and Ataullah Guerra (90'+2) struck in 4-2 victory v French Guiana
- Kevin Molino is Trinidad & Tobago’s top scorer in the 2014 Caribbean Cup with seven goals (four in qualifying, 3 in finals)
- Kenwyne Jones has scored five goals in the 2014 Caribbean Cup (three in qualifying, two in finals)
- Trinidad & Tobago has scored three or more goals in three of five 2014 Caribbean Cup games
- Trinidad & Tobago has won a record eight Caribbean Cup titles (1989, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001)
KEEP AN EYE ON…
- The final result of the opener between French Guiana and Curacao. It is filled with implications. And, remember, the best third-place team advances to a playoff against Honduras for the last 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup berth.
- The possible return of Kenwyne Jones to the Trinidad & Tobago starting line-up. He did not play in the second game against French Guiana and his physical presence against Cuba could prove critical.
- Cuba’s defensive plan to contain the high-flying Trinidad & Tobago attack.
Stephen Hart (Head Coach, Trinidad & Tobago) on his team possibly qualifying for the final: “We wanted to qualify (for the CONCACAF Gold Cup). It is important (to qualify for the Caribbean Cup final) because we have not played a lot of games, so these games are serving us well.”
Winfried Schafer (Head Coach, Jamaica) on pressure: “I don’t have pressure. I’m fit. I’m healthy, no problem. I believe in my team. I believe in my players.”