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Cassa Boubou
04-03-06, 09:12 AM
Trinidad and Tobago Under 21 team captain Makan Hislop believes that his team can put Friday?s dismal performance behind them and put on the type of showing required in their must win affair with Haiti in Tuesday?s closing CAC Games qualifier at the Larry Gomes Stadium.
Hislop and his teammates were in the stands looking on at the late arriving Haitians comfortable go past Dominica 5-1 on a sunny Sunday evening. The losers were the same boys which Hislop and company had to wait until a last minute Judah Hernandez equalizer to salvage a point against.
?We know that Friday?s performance was not anywhere close to our best so we are expecting to come out and do a lot better,? Hislop told TTFF Media on Sunday. ?This is a do or die for us.?
?Part of the problem I think though was everyone expected us to win the game and as a result we all also expected to win the game and we didn?t play good enough to get the result. We were too confident and we didn?t work hard enough,? added the Tobago born US-based player.
For the first time ever, a national team other than the senior team has included more than five overseas-based players with eight in total and Hislop explained that it was definitely a plus and he doesn?t feel it has had a negative effect on the team?s overall readiness.
?I have been very surprised because within our team we haven?t had any problems anything like a dislike between the local players and the ones from abroad. Before quite a few of the foreign-based players on this team were also based locally up to two years ago so we know each other and we can relate well with each other,? Hislop said.
?When most of us came back, there was no negative vibes and I think this can continue in the future. I think too that there shouldn?t be much problems with players who go abroad and have to have any fears of being forgotten about when it comes to the national team or local football on a whole. In the past we have had times when no one contacted them and they may have been lost to national football. But now this is changing and more are playing with the national team. It was great for us to have the camps before since December and the chance being given for players to come and be part of the training. This shows that the Federation and management is thinking about the future and that they are putting things in place for the overseas players will not be lost out there,? Hislop added.
Meantime, the Haitians upped the tempo in the second half to set up a virtual final with the hosts on Tuesday.
Though the Dominicans were able to contain a jaded looking Haitian outfit in the first forty minutes, the deadlock was broken in the 41st minute when Rood Kelly drilled his effort home on the rebound from a free kick taken by Dacius Gilles. Before that Gilles; shot went inches wide as Haiti tried for the go ahead goal in the 38th minute.
Then in the 46th minute Fritzron Jean Baptiste neatly converted from inside the penalty box and Gilles added a second five minutes later to put the Haitians into a cushion position.
Etienne Yveson (82nd) and Innocent Jean Junior (87th) added numbers to the final scoreline. They will now go through with even a draw while T&T must win to go through as the sole winners of the Group to July?s CAC Games in Colombia.(Shaun Fuentes).

04-03-06, 10:56 AM
Haiti whips Dominica 5-0
Monday, April 3rd 2006

Haiti marched to the top of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games Group 2 qualifying series standings when they whipped Dominica 5-0 yesterday afternoon.

Five different players got on the score sheet as Haiti proved too powerful for the Dominicans at the Larry Gomes Stadium, Malabar.

It was a good showing for the Haitians, who arrived late on Saturday evening, and displayed strength and speed in their play.

After Dominica conceded the first goal from a Dacius Gilles free-kick that rebounded off the five-man wall for Rood Kelly Jean to rifle home a right-foot shot four minutes before half time, the Eastern Caribbean side fell apart in the second half.

Fritzon Jean Baptiste (46th), Gilles (51st), Etienne Yveson (82nd), and Innocent Jean Junior (87th) added the other goals for Haiti after the break to eliminate the Dominicans.

Dominica, who surprisingly held group favorites and hosts Trinidad and Tobago to a 1-1 draw on Friday, end their campaign in the competition with just one point.

The young "Soca Warriors" now have a must-win status for their series-deciding game against the Haitians in their final game tomorrow.

Haiti, leaders with three points, need only a draw to advance as one of the five Caribbean teams-as group winners-to the CAC Games.


P.S. - In the Caribbean?s island, there are two countries with similar names. One call Dominican (Republic - Haiti next-door neighbor) and small island call Dominica. In the news, article it quotes both names (Dominica & Dominicans), because if Dominicans are refer to Haiti next-door neighbor, what do you call the people of the island of Dominica. ... Huh

04-04-06, 09:35 AM
U-21s go for victory vs Haiti
Kern De Freitas
Tuesday, April 4th 2006

NOTHING less than a winning performance against tough Haitian opposition will see Trinidad and Tobago's Under-21 footballers progress beyond Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Group Two of the 2006 CAC qualifiers.

The young "Soca Warriors" meet a strong Haitian outfit, who showed no signs of jet lag when they thrashed Dominica 5-0 at the Larry Gomes Stadium, Arima, on Sunday.

Haiti only arrived in Trinidad on Saturday evening, after having been delayed due to visa problems, in which the T&T Football Federation had to intervene to ensure they were available to play.

During a very ordinary performance on Friday, the T&T Under-21s clung on for a last-minute 1-1 draw at the Malabar Stadium against a less than impressive Dominican side.

Dominating the match almost totally, with greater mobility and more possession, T&T were unable to finish despite a plethora of opportunities, with all their strikers guilty of blasting wide and overbar. When they did find the target, though, most of their efforts were not effective enough to shake up the determined Dominicans.

A goalkeeping blunder by Hasely Holder put the Dominicans on the scoresheet and only a last-gasp attempt from a desperate T&T attack in almost the last move of the match earned the hosts a draw, Judah Hernandez firing home from close range.

A match they should have won comfortably has placed T&T in a must-win situation against more formidable opponents.

But having watched the two visiting teams do battle on Sunday, coach Ron La Forest is insistent his team will leave nothing to chance when they take the field against Haiti today, as a draw will be sufficient to put Haiti through at T&T's expense.

"I could guarantee that the intensity of the game would be really high," La Forest told the Express yesterday. "All the players are ready to go and give 100 per cent tomorrow (today) because of the nature of the game."

Reflecting on Friday's opener, La Forest chalked up his team's disappointing result to poor finishing.

Asked what was the main factor behind the draw, the coach replied frankly: "Goal-scoring chances. Dominica had their goalscoring chance and they put it away. We got our chances and did not put them away."

T&T skipper Makan Hislop also agreed that the team did not play their best.

"We know that Friday's performance was not anywhere close to our best so we are expecting to come out and do a lot better," Hislop told T&TFF media officer Shaun Fuentes on Sunday. "This is a do-or-die for us.


Haiti only arrived in Trinidad on Saturday evening, after having been delayed due to visa problems, in which the T&T Football Federation had to intervene to ensure they were available to play ..... One minute we are saying the Federation of Haiti is doing a good job, the next minute they do this.