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Thread for T&T vs Haiti Game (08-Jan-2017)
« on: November 15, 2016, 01:12:29 PM »
As usual, any updates/scores, shout-outs, reports, predictions, views, etc, on the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup qualifying Caribbean playoffs game vs Haiti on the 8th of January 2017 at the Ato Boldon Stadium will be posted here, this way, we can maintain the message board and not make it look too scrappy with un-necessary or related headlines and postings on game day.

For the internet users, you can follow the game at:

To be updated.

Possible Online Streams.

http://www.radiotelevisioncaraibes.com/tele-caraibes-22/index.1.html

Possible TV Station.

To be updated.

Trinidad & Tobago Squad

Goalkeepers

Adrian Foncette (Police FC), Glenroy Samuel (Ma Pau Stars).

Defenders

Carlos Edwards (Ma Paul Stars), Curtis Gonzales (Defence Force), Carlyle Mitchell (Seoul E-Land—Korea Republic), Radanfah Abu Bakr (Sillamae Kallen—Estonia), Maurice Ford (W Connection), Aubrey David (Deportivo Saprissa—Costa Rica).

Midfielders

Kevan George (Jacksonville Armada—USA), Andre Boucaud (Dagenham & Redbridge—England), Alvin Jones (W Connection), Hughtun Hector (W Connection), Aikim Andrews (W Connection), Trevin Caesar (Orange County Blues—USA), Hashim Arcia (Defence Force), Nathan Lewis (San Juan Jabloteh), Tyrone Charles (San Juan Jabloteh).

Forwards

Akeem Roach (Club Sando), Shahdon Winchester (Murcielagos FC—Mexico), Cornell Glen (Ozone FC Bengalaru—India).

Coach - Tom Saintfiet.

Haiti Squad

Goalkeepers

Steward Ceus (Minnesota United FC/USA), Luis Valendi Odelus (Aigle Noir AC), Guerry Romondt (FICA).

Defenders

Mechack Jérôme (Jacksonville Armada FC/USA), Jean Ambrose (Lokomotiv GO/BUL), Waldo Vernet (Cavaly AS), Paulson Pierre (Baltimore SC), Samuel Pompée (Don Bosco FC), Handy Délice (Cavaly AS), Aristilde Wilguens (FICA), Alex Junior Christian (S.C. Vila Real/POR).

Midfielders

Charles Hérold Junior (Cibao FC/DOM), Listner Pierre Louis (Le Puy Foot/FRA), Ambroise Romulaire (Real Hope), Sebastien Thuriere (San Antonio FC/USA), Louima Roberto (Real Hope), Sony Nordé (Mohun Bagan/IND), Derrick Etienne (New York Red Bulls II/USA), Andrew Jean-Baptiste (Nyköpings BIS/SWE).

Forwards

Jonel Désiré (ASC), Duckens Nazon (Kerala Blasters FC/IND), Kervens Belfort Fils (Kerala Blasters FC/IND).

Coach - Jean Claude Josaphat.


Updates to follow as we get more info, so keep checking back.

« Last Edit: January 08, 2017, 04:02:17 PM by Flex »
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Re: Thread for T&T vs Haiti Game (08-Jan-2017)
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2017, 06:51:25 AM »
Josaphat takes over from disgruntled Neveu for T&T qualifiers.
T&T Guardian Reports.


Jean-Claude Josaphat has been named as head coach by the Fédération Haltienne de Football, replacing Frenchman Patrice Neveu who departed after just a year in the post.

Neveu presided over Haiti’s qualification for last year’s historic Copa America Centenario in the United States but then oversaw the country’s elimination from the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

In an open letter, Neveu claimed he had not been paid by the Federation in months.

A long-time head coach of local side AS Mirebalais, Josaphat will be the first Haitian to lead the national side since Patrice Eloi in 2008.

His first task will be to oversee Haiti’s outing in the Caribbean Cup playoff against Suriname and hosts Trinidad and Tobago.

They take on the Surinamese on January 6 at the Ato Boldon Stadium before facing T&T two days later at the same venue.

The winner of the series will clash with the fifth-place side from Central American zone in a two-match playoff for the last berth at next year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Haiti are currently in T&T preparing for the CFU playoff series.

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Re: Thread for T&T vs Haiti Game (08-Jan-2017)
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2017, 07:13:06 AM »
Neveu hasn't received any pay from the Haitian Football Federation in months. He resigned two days ago.

I looked at the Haitian team for the upcoming games. Many key players are missing. No Placide. Plus they don't have their European  players. I believe only two made the trip to TT.

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Re: Thread for T&T vs Haiti Game (08-Jan-2017)
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2017, 09:13:45 AM »
Haitians training in T&T at St Marys Ground..











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Re: Thread for T&T vs Haiti Game (08-Jan-2017)
« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2017, 09:24:23 AM »
Goalkeepers.

Steward Ceus
Luis Valendi Odelus

Defenders

Mechack Jérôme
Ambrose Jean
Waldo Vernet
Paulson Pierre
Samuel Pompée
Andy Délice
Aristilde Wilguens
Alex Junior Christian

Midfielders

Charles Hérold Junior
Kesnel Pierre Louis
Ambroise Romulaire
Sebastien Thuriere
Louima Roberto
Sony Nordé
Derrick Etienne

Strikers

Jonel Désiré
Duckens Nazon
Kervens Belfort Fils

Key players missing - Johnny Placide (GK), Romain Genevois, Carlens Arcus, James Marcelin, Pascal Millien, Donald Guerrier and Kevin Lafrance.

Players to look out for - Mechack Jérôme, Alex Junior Christian, Sony Norde, Kervens Belfort, Charles Hérold Junior and Duckens Nazon.

« Last Edit: January 01, 2017, 09:43:32 AM by Flex »
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Re: Thread for T&T vs Haiti Game (08-Jan-2017)
« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2017, 09:50:50 AM »
At this point in time in our football, it does not matter if Haiti don't have their Euro. players. Our football has been so disappointing and poor, that we can't take anything for granted. Another thing, Haiti has a big population and there is a much bigger talent pool. They have players. But likeI said before, if we can't beat Haiti or Suriname, then we don't deserve to be there. Let's hope these two games against Nicaragua will be the apt preparation for this 2 games series. Also, a two game series makes no room or very few rooms for error.

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Re: Thread for T&T vs Haiti Game (08-Jan-2017)
« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2017, 09:54:30 AM »
Jean Jaques Pierre is also missing. We need our best regardless.

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Re: Thread for T&T vs Haiti Game (08-Jan-2017)
« Reply #7 on: January 01, 2017, 09:57:48 AM »
Haitians training in T&T at St Marys Ground..

Before the match versus Costa Rica, our national team requested to train on CIC grounds and were blanked. Rings as total irony to see the Haitians in full swing there.
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Think of the 2022 conversation regarding reparations as the item tabled for future discussion when initially raised for negotiation during talks in 1834. A lot of intere$t has accrued.

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Re: Thread for T&T vs Haiti Game (08-Jan-2017)
« Reply #8 on: January 01, 2017, 10:20:05 AM »
The Haitians (even if is ah primary school team they sent) plays with heart and determination when they put on their national colors. Something I hardly ever see when fellas wear the red, white and black.

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Re: Thread for T&T vs Haiti Game (08-Jan-2017)
« Reply #9 on: January 01, 2017, 11:11:53 AM »
Neveu hasn't received any pay from the Haitian Football Federation in months. He resigned two days ago.

I looked at the Haitian team for the upcoming games. Many key players are missing. No Placide. Plus they don't have their European  players. I believe only two made the trip to TT.

According to him, he did not resign. He is suing the FHF for breach of contract arguing that they refused to pay him because they wanted him to resign. Neveu is very unpopular and nobody wants him as the head coach. The FHF offered him 3 months of pay to resign he refused. He asked for the full amount of his remaining contract.

Haiti is a paradox. Haiti usually does better with a local core team but in the past 3 years we rarely play with more than 3 local players at once. Haiti vs Costa Rica 0-1 and Haiti vs Jamaica 2-0 were two games where Haiti had more locals than foreign players. It is ironic considering that the local league is very weak.

Though, I agree with Genevois, Ade, Donald, Alcenat, and James Marcelin you guys would have a very strong challenge for that last berth.
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Re: Thread for T&T vs Haiti Game (08-Jan-2017)
« Reply #10 on: January 01, 2017, 11:17:29 AM »
Jean Jaques Pierre is also missing. We need our best regardless.

He is probably retired.
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Re: Thread for T&T vs Haiti Game (08-Jan-2017)
« Reply #11 on: January 01, 2017, 12:29:13 PM »
Toussaint i hope to see Jean-Kévin Augustin one day suit up for haiti
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Re: Thread for T&T vs Haiti Game (08-Jan-2017)
« Reply #12 on: January 01, 2017, 12:39:55 PM »
Forumites, we should not take Ayiti lightly because it's a local squad. They have a much bigger talent pool. On the other hand this will also be a good thing for our local players. They are getting their chance to show their stuff. We have to bring out the so called ruff diamonds. I also hope that DJW don't close the door on foreign born players. The Bostock  issue is unsettling for our football.
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Re: Thread for T&T vs Haiti Game (08-Jan-2017)
« Reply #13 on: January 01, 2017, 01:04:54 PM »
Haitians training in T&T at St Marys Ground..

Before the match versus Costa Rica, our national team requested to train on CIC grounds and were blanked. Rings as total irony to see the Haitians in full swing there.

Part of the sabotage of Hart... Trinis are our own worst enemies, it's disgraceful..

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Re: Thread for T&T vs Haiti Game (08-Jan-2017)
« Reply #14 on: January 01, 2017, 01:06:29 PM »
The Haitians (even if is ah primary school team they sent) plays with heart and determination when they put on their national colors. Something I hardly ever see when fellas wear the red, white and black.

We have our leaders and sells out within our countrymen and women to blame for that... no pride at all with some of these people..

Hart had passion and pride and the sell outs get rid of him

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Re: Thread for T&T vs Haiti Game (08-Jan-2017)
« Reply #15 on: January 01, 2017, 01:39:41 PM »
Why would St. Mary's be part of the elements that wanted to sabotaged Hart? Give me something to believe that theory. I just want to know why?

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Re: Thread for T&T vs Haiti Game (08-Jan-2017)
« Reply #16 on: January 01, 2017, 02:07:07 PM »
Why would St. Mary's be part of the elements that wanted to sabotaged Hart? Give me something to believe that theory. I just want to know why?

Because the heads of the ssfl is a part of the cabal.. why wouldn't they help sabotage Hart for their partner the dictator..

Allyuh think it's  just the dictator, he have his minions

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Re: Thread for T&T vs Haiti Game (08-Jan-2017)
« Reply #17 on: January 01, 2017, 02:08:50 PM »
Toussaint i hope to see Jean-Kévin Augustin one day suit up for haiti

Trini, France will not let JKA go. He will probably play for France this year.
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Re: Thread for T&T vs Haiti Game (08-Jan-2017)
« Reply #18 on: January 01, 2017, 02:32:04 PM »
Toussaint i hope to see Jean-Kévin Augustin one day suit up for haiti

Trini, France will not let JKA go. He will probably play for France this year.

The Caribbean has an abundance of players, its about time we get at least 1 and a half spots for cfu
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Re: Thread for T&T vs Haiti Game (08-Jan-2017)
« Reply #19 on: January 01, 2017, 05:07:04 PM »
Why would St. Mary's be part of the elements that wanted to sabotaged Hart? Give me something to believe that theory. I just want to know why?

Because the heads of the ssfl is a part of the cabal.. why wouldn't they help sabotage Hart for their partner the dictator..

Allyuh think it's  just the dictator, he have his minions

You must be delusional if you think that there is anything that DJW/TTFF can offer CIC to "entice" them. LMAO

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Re: Thread for T&T vs Haiti Game (08-Jan-2017)
« Reply #20 on: January 01, 2017, 05:46:11 PM »
just heard on the news that daniel cyrus, jomol williams and jovin jones got cut from the team for disciplinary actions. cyrus and williams showed up late for camp reeking of alcohol while jovin didn't bother to show up at all neither did he call.

now i would like to know, are these guys really serious about a career in professional or even international football? in my opinion these young men are very distracted and wayward who's only intent is to splurge and have a ball.

you guys better give up on that world cup pipe dream for 2018 or even 2022 because by the signs that im seeing it is not happening at all any time soon unless these players get their heads in the right place which i seriously doubt.
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« Reply #21 on: January 01, 2017, 06:04:05 PM »
don't want to dwell on this crap but these players just saw what that kind of indiscipline was responsible for yet they have not learned anything.

indiscipline by kevin molino caused seven men to lose their jobs together with the three disappointing loses that consequently cost the head coach his job and have us in a play off situation with haiti again, not to mention TT languishing on the bottom of the hexogonal table, when he molino could have made the world of difference by his contribution on the pitch.

these guys not serious not one bit and it's getting worst as the campaign goes on.
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Re: Thread for T&T vs Haiti Game (08-Jan-2017)
« Reply #22 on: January 04, 2017, 06:11:27 AM »
Army, W Connection draw with Haiti
By Ian Prescott (Express).


HAITI WERE two goals down against Defence Force on New Year’s Day before rallying to a 2-2 draw with the local Pro League football team.

The Caribbean visitors also drew by the same score with a Directv W Connection team, minus its Trinidad and Tobago national team selectees.

Both Defence Force coach Marvin Gordon and W Connection’s Stuart Charles-Fevrier described Haiti as “decent”, despite having a mainly locally-based team for the three-match 2016/17 Scotiabank CFU Men’s Caribbean Cup fifth-place playoff that starts today at Ato Boldon stadium, Couva, Trinidad & Tobago.

The Haitians are expected to be Trinidad and Tobago’s chief rivals in the playoffs to find the fifth Caribbean nation to compete in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The Caribbean fifth spot qualifier faces Central America’s fifth for the final spot into the region’s top competition for national football teams.

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Re: Thread for T&T vs Haiti Game (08-Jan-2017)
« Reply #23 on: January 04, 2017, 09:35:20 PM »
Why would St. Mary's be part of the elements that wanted to sabotaged Hart? Give me something to believe that theory. I just want to know why?

Because the heads of the ssfl is a part of the cabal.. why wouldn't they help sabotage Hart for their partner the dictator..

Allyuh think it's  just the dictator, he have his minions
oh gosh man. you cyah be sayin all kinda thing that you have absolutely no shred of evidence to support all the time so dread, just to carry on your "feeling".  Mods, you might have to step in and spare we the insanity. Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere. what could we do to help Haiti? (everything in the universe doesn't always fall under the 1 narrative)...

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Re: Thread for T&T vs Haiti Game (08-Jan-2017)
« Reply #24 on: January 04, 2017, 10:16:01 PM »
Why would St. Mary's be part of the elements that wanted to sabotaged Hart? Give me something to believe that theory. I just want to know why?

Because the heads of the ssfl is a part of the cabal.. why wouldn't they help sabotage Hart for their partner the dictator..

Allyuh think it's  just the dictator, he have his minions
oh gosh man. you cyah be sayin all kinda thing that you have absolutely no shred of evidence to support all the time so dread, just to carry on your "feeling".  Mods, you might have to step in and spare we the insanity. Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere. what could we do to help Haiti? (everything in the universe doesn't always fall under the 1 narrative)...

Kounty, Yes Haiti may be the "poorest" in the Caribbean, but there quite a few very rich Haitians who do much more for their football than some of our socalled oil rich millionaires.

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Re: Thread for T&T vs Haiti Game (08-Jan-2017)
« Reply #25 on: January 05, 2017, 11:59:06 AM »
Honestly, I am done supporting this senior team. I fed up with the likes of Kevan George and Winchester/Trevin Cesar in this team, if this is the best we have to offer then it's best to follow our under 17's, and 20 team. Fed up of these lame tactical decisions and player selections..They are not improving it's the same wildman football, same ole direct football - no kind of composure or any kind of style just plain ole run down and try to score tactics like jungle football from Bangladesh with love. Why have a scorer like Glen on the bench and down a goal is beyond me.. bring in a man like Winchester who never completed a pass in he life  much less score ah goal. Kevan George.. Jeez.. this guy better they play with 10 men... and Cesar the only time I see this name is on the player list - never on a scoresheet of any kind - they all suck and need to know it, now more than ever.

I would banish all 3 of them to the quantum zone if I was antSman. How many more times do these players have to get tested at this level for administration to realize they are not good enough for the national team... Please it would be better to use some of the under 20's give them the experience rather than using these guys to watch the fail over and over again.. it is super depressing to have these skallywags represent this country -this shame will not go away. Better fire Saintfiet now and let Shabazz take over... bc it seems to me he is the one who making these selections and forcing the tactics BECAUSE WE LOOK BAD like Guyana.

DJW is overly honest. His introduction to the new coach was embarrassing, shocking and super unprofessional to say the very least. The people who elect this man as Director should be ashamed of themselves - he means well but his decisions are making things alot worse.


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Re: Thread for T&T vs Haiti Game (08-Jan-2017)
« Reply #26 on: January 05, 2017, 12:03:08 PM »
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Honestly, I am done supporting this senior team. I fed up with the likes of Kevan George and Winchester/Trevin Cesar in this team, if this is the best we have to offer then it's best to follow our under 17's, and 20 team. Fed up of these lame tactical decisions and player selections..They are not improving it's the same wildman football, same ole direct football - no kind of composure or any kind of style just plain ole run down and try to score tactics like jungle football from Bangladesh with love. Why have a scorer like Glen on the bench and down a goal is beyond me.. bring in a man like Winchester who never completed a pass in he life  much less score ah goal. Kevan George.. Jeez.. this guy better they play with 10 men... and Cesar the only time I see this name is on the player list - never on a scoresheet of any kind - they all suck and need to know it, now more than ever.

I would banish all 3 of them to the quantum zone if I was antSman. How many more times do these players have to get tested at this level for administration to realize they are not good enough for the national team... Please it would be better to use some of the under 20's give them the experience rather than using these guys to watch the fail over and over again.. it is super depressing to have these skallywags represent this country -this shame will not go away. Better fire Saintfiet now and let Shabazz take over... bc it seems to me he is the one who making these selections and forcing the tactics BECAUSE WE LOOK BAD like Guyana.

DJW is overly honest. His introduction to the new coach was embarrassing, shocking and super unprofessional to say the very least. The people who elect this man as Director should be ashamed of themselves - he means well but his decisions are making things alot worse.



Ahmmmm....Cesar didn't play boss.  Wasn't even on the bench.  Glen was ruled out during the warm up with a hamstring injury so he also wasn't on the bench
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« Reply #27 on: January 05, 2017, 01:06:06 PM »
add hasim Arcia to your list...and aburey going backward fast
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Re: Thread for T&T vs Haiti Game (08-Jan-2017)
« Reply #28 on: January 05, 2017, 05:24:00 PM »
Yeah Big Mags. Aubrey rel disappoint meh.
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Re: Thread for T&T vs Haiti Game (08-Jan-2017)
« Reply #29 on: January 06, 2017, 05:19:36 PM »
SPECIAL REPORT: Suriname v. Haiti – No Margin for Haitian Error
By Chambi Sey, SWN.


Tonight, Trinidad and Tobago territory hosts the CFU Men’s Caribbean Cup 5th Place Playoff match between Suriname and Haiti, and one Belgian, amid scores of Trinbagonians, will have his heart in hand. Following a lapse of eight years, it will be the first meeting between both nations. Over the course of five decades, the battle between Paramaribo and Port au Prince has established a modest yet competitive rivalry. Unfortunately, tonight Trinidad and Tobago is delicately positioned in the crosshairs of the encounter. The future of the Socawarriors in the competition demands no margin for Haitian error.

Haiti has been on the ground for several days, diligently chipping away at its match preparation. And, Suriname has played the first of its two-match engagement in Trinidad and Tobago. As such, although playing on neutral ground, both visiting camps will feel poised to stake a claim of effectively "playing at home". In recent days, the Haitians have faced T&T Pro League club opponents in their concentrated build-up to tonight, while the Surinamese are expected to ooze the confidence that defeat of a host nation brings.

Against Suriname, there are suggestions and indications that Trinidad and Tobago did not play the entirety of the curtain-raiser as if a team playing with home advantage. For Trinidad and Tobago fans, the hope is that a meaningful opportunity develops to right that perceived wrong in the country’s closing match in the series. No one in Trinidad and Tobago wishes to squirm through the academic exercise of facing Haiti on Sunday with nothing to play for, but intangible pride. Indeed, it would provide a stinging reminder of the events of a year ago, to precise date, when Kervens Belfort dispatched Trini hopes of participating in the Copa America Centenario when he scored for the Haitians five minutes before the end of regulation time. With that goal, tangible financial benefits and international exposure vaporized. A similar reality is threatening tonight at the Ato Boldon Stadium.     

While aficionados of football in the twin-island republic want to see an entertaining presentation of skill and quality in the Suriname-Haiti match-up, and while Suriname is incentivized to protect its victorious bounty from Wednesday, no Trinidad and Tobago fan wants to witness a surfeit of goals. The ideal score would see Haiti victorious, but by the conquerable scoreline of one goal to nil, thereby credibly preserving Trinidad and Tobago’s prospects of advancing from the three-nation playoff, to confront Central American opposition: the subsequent hurdle to Gold Cup qualification. At least 90 minutes of sufferable, torturous football is in store for Trinidad and Tobago supporters. As the famous adage expounds: in football two plus two rarely equals four. The stage is set; no one knows how the drama will unfold.

With Jean-Claude Josaphat freshly-installed in command, Haiti had little choice but to try to consolidate its team by using recent days in probing match preparations. That was a sensible approach. The Surinamese, under Roberto Godeken for almost a year, are the only team in the tournament that has had several months to hone an approach to play; and, to develop tested conclusions through exploring the virtues of a settled core of players.

Under new head coach Tom Saintfiet, Trinidad and Tobago has transitioned into a squad unrecognizable to the Trinidad and Tobago public. Saintfiet’s seniority in managerial capacity exceeds Josaphat’s by merely three weeks. However, Josaphat is stepping up from the assistant coaching role with the Haitian national team and Saintfiet is ostensibly dependent on his assistant coaches to decipher the deceptive landscape and pedigree of Caribbean football. Both men have their challenges.

The going between Suriname and Haiti has been even in recent battles, and this does not augur well for Trinidad and Tobago. However, there is a marginal historical statistical advantage favoring the Grenadiers. Haiti’s series record is 2 wins, 1 loss and 5 draws.

The most recent battles between both nations date back to August and November 2008 during FIFA 2010 World Cup qualification. On both occasions, Haiti leaked goals to Suriname’s center-forward, Wensley Christoph (2-2 at home, 1-1 away). The five matches that precede the encounter tonight have all produced draws between the nations. Repetition of this pattern would put paid to Trinidad and Tobago's hopes.

The last occasion on which Haiti earned an outright celebration versus the Surinamese was in November 1979 when both teams met in Suriname in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) final match (the score: Haiti 1 Suriname 0). Haiti’s only other win over the Surinamese occurred two years earlier during a 1978 World Cup qualifying match played in Mexico City (also Haiti 1 Suriname 0).

Haiti is a two-time Caribbean champion (1979 and 2007). Suriname achieved that honor roughly 40 years ago (1978). Despite the competitive rivalry between the teams, and the stalemate in match outcomes each country has presented the other, on recent success Haiti should be considered the ascendant team. Skipper Mechack Jerome, a survivor from the last outing versus Suriname, is expected to be giving his all to preserve Haiti’s gains.
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