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Haiti thrash Cuba to take U-17 Caribbean Cup title; Jamaica finish third

Haiti won their second successive Under-17 Caribbean Cup title yesterday evening at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, as the French-speaking islanders routed Cuba 5-0 in the CFU final.

Steeve Moondestin put the Haitians ahead with an item in the 36th minute. But the game really swung open in the second half, as team captain and tournament MPV Steeve Saint-Doc doubled their advantage in the 55th minute before goals from Jean Danley, Louidon Cassues and Nael Elysee completed the rout.

Photo: The Haiti National Under-17 Team celebrates with the Caribbean Cup trophy after trouncing Cuba 5-0 in the CFU final on 25 September 2016 at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: The Haiti National Under-17 Team celebrates with the Caribbean Cup trophy after trouncing Cuba 5-0 in the CFU final on 25 September 2016 at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

Haiti finished the competition unbeaten with four wins over hosts Trinidad and Tobago, Bermuda, Curacao and Cuba and one draw against Jamaica. And the champs scored an impressive 15 goals with just one conceded over the course of the tournament.

Haiti’s lone goal conceded came in the semifinal when Curacao had the temerity to score first before being whipped 3-1.

The young “Reggae Boyz” rebounded from a 1-0 semifinal loss to Cuba on Friday night to finish third in the CFU competition, after 3-0 win over Curacao on Sunday afternoon.

Striker Raewin Senior opened the scoring for Jamaica in the 21st minute before a second half Nicque Daley double put the result beyond doubt.

Haiti, Cuba, Jamaica and Curacao all advance to the 2017 CONCACAF Championship in Panama alongside Suriname, who finished as the best third place group stage team.

Trinidad and Tobago finished sixth from the eight competing teams, as their 2017 Under-17 World Cup campaign ended after just three matches.

Photo: Caribbean Football Union (CFU) president Gordon Derrick (second from left) is sandwiched by TTFA president David John-Williams (second from right) and TTFA employee Sharon O'Brien (far left) before the CFU Under-17 final on 25 September 2016 at the Ato Boldon Stadium. John-Williams tried unsuccessfully to replace Derrick as CFU president on 23 July 2016. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Caribbean Football Union (CFU) president Gordon Derrick (second from left) is sandwiched by TTFA president David John-Williams (second from right) and TTFA employee Sharon O’Brien (far left) before the CFU Under-17 final on 25 September 2016 at the Ato Boldon Stadium.
John-Williams tried unsuccessfully to replace Derrick as CFU president on 23 July 2016.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

Two years ago, Haiti went to the CONCACAF tournament in Honduras as Caribbean champions but ended up as cannon fodder for their North and Central American rivals.

Haiti lost all four group matches against Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica and Panama and conceded 16 goals while scoring just twice in those clashes.

They will hope for a better showing next year in Panama with Saint-Doc steering their offence.

Haiti have never qualified for a youth World Cup while Trinidad and Tobago got to the 2007 Under-17 World Cup and 2009 Under-20 World Cup in 2007 and 2009 respectively.

CFU Under-17 Final

(Sunday 26 September)

Haiti 5 (Steeve Moondestin 3, Steeve Saint-Doc 55, Jean Danley 65, Louidon Cassues 78, Nael Elysee 90), Cuba 0 at Ato Boldon Stadium;

Photo: Haiti star Steeve Saint Doc (left) leaves a Cuba opponent for dead during the CFU Under-17 final on 25 September 2016 at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva. Haiti won 5-0. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Haiti star Steeve Saint Doc (left) leaves a Cuba opponent for dead during the CFU Under-17 final on 25 September 2016 at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.
Haiti won 5-0.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

Third Place Play Off

(Sunday 26 September)

Jamaica 3 (Raewin Senior 21, Nicque Daley 48, 70), Curacao 0 at Ato Boldon Stadium.

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21 comments

  1. And never forget discipline to eh. Them really good yes

  2. Well, T&T is more economical empowered than Jamaica, yet our medal collection pales in comparison to them when the Olympics come around.

    It all comes down to hunger and preparation.

  3. imagine haiti is 1 of the poorest countries in the world with no lkind of facilities but they can win back 2 back u17 Cfu titles while we as host can’t place in top 5 in a 8 team tournament well done TTFA keep up the good work

  4. What is the fate of the u17 program now?

  5. Congrats to them.

    Look out in 5-10 years…pressure in CFU

  6. I have heard that they need to put more money and infrastructure into football. But look who win and in the finals, countries with less money than us. Am I missing something?

  7. Jack was nimble, jack was quick, jack took Haiti’s funds. But the Haitians band their belly, far better than a trini, a made jumping over a candlestick look fun.

  8. Congrats to Haiti…they must have real hunger or doing something right with very limited resources and facilities! Wish you could interview their team manager or coach just for insight.

    • Roneil, didn’t the Haitian coach speak a bit about that? To be honest, I was at that press conference and the translator was almost as bad at English as the French-speaking coach.
      So much of the message was lost.

    • I don’t think they have ‘limited’ resources. Hati gets donations from all over the world. But agreed they r doing sum right..also back in d day hati was a Giant in concacaf

  9. Struggling to come 5th in a CFU tournament…Smh

  10. Hannibal Najjar

    What a pair of resilient and stalwart patriots, Haiti and Jamaica – would have liked to include Cuba too but for their regular defection ploys. These two countries are country-first loyalists and like they take to the this year’s GOP’s “America First” trumpet.