Josaphat to lead Haiti in Caribbean Cup fifth-place playoff

Jean-Claude Josaphat (pictured) will mange Haiti in the Caribbean Cup fifth-place playoff to be played January 4-8, 2017, in Couva, Trinidad & Tobago. (Photo courtesy of Fédération Haïtienne de Football)

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Jean-Claude Josaphat will be Haiti’s head coach for the upcoming 2016/17 Scotiabank CFU Men’s Caribbean Cup fifth-place playoff, the Fédération Haïtienne de Football announced Monday through its Facebook page.

The long-time AS Mirebalais manager replaces Patrice Neveu, who has reportedly stepped down after 12 months in charge.

Haiti is scheduled to face Suriname (January 6, 2017) and host Trinidad & Tobago (January 8, 2017) in the three-team competition to be played in at Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva. The team that finishes in first place will face the fifth-place side from the 2017 Copa Centroamericana in a two-match series for the last berth in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Neveu, 62, guided to Haiti to a spot in the 2016 Copa America Centenario after it defeated Trinidad & Tobago, 1-0, in a playoff last January in Panama. The Grenadiers, however, were eliminated from qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup later in the year, when it finished the fourth round in third place with a 1W-1D-4L record.

Haiti travelled to Trinidad & Tobago later on Monday to continue preparations for the Caribbean event.