Haiti, the soul remaining Caribbean interest among CONCACAF U17s

By May 10, 2019
Haiti captain Fredler Christophe celebrates a goal. Haiti captain Fredler Christophe celebrates a goal.

Canada, on Thursday, booked their spot in the quarterfinal of the CONCACAF Under-17 Championship with a 4-0 win over Curacao and in so doing, ending all Caribbean interest in the competition. 

Canada earned the victory on the back of a strong second-half performance.

Going into that second stanza with a 1-0 lead courtesy of Elijah Nava’s 22nd-minute strike, the Canadians were forced to wait until the 75th minute for Kamron Habibullah to score from the penalty spot. Simon Colyn would only have to wait four minutes before slipping a rebounded shot home to take the advantage to 3-0. Jayden Nelson then made the route complete with an 85th-minute goal.

In earlier games from the round of 16, Trinidad and Tobago, and Jamaica had all made their exits.

Jamaica were bested by El Salvador in a 2-1 affair that seemed closer than it really was, as the El Salvadorians gave up a late goal after leading comfortably.

Trinidad and Tobago, after looking strong in the group stages, save for a 5-0 drubbing at the hands of Mexico, were shown up by a powerful Honduras performance in the round of 16.

Jeffrey Miranda led the way for the Hondurans, with a hat-trick, scoring in the 46th, 75th and 88th minutes of play. Jose Aguilera split Miranda’s first and second goals with a 60th-minute strike. The only response from T&T came from Jaiye Sheppard in the 57th minute.

The only Caribbean team that has had any joy from this round of 16, has been Haiti, who got the better of the Dominican Republic, 2-0.

Things went bad for the Dominican Republic when Alejandro Jimenez scored an own goal in the 28th minute of play.

Things would get worse in the 34th minute when Fredler Christophe doubled the lead.

Paul-Andre Walker

Paul-Andre is the Managing Editor at SportsMax.tv. He comes to the role with almost 20 years of experience as journalist. That experience includes all facets of media. He began as a sports Journalist in 2001, quickly moving into radio, where he was an editor before becoming a news editor and then an entertainment editor with one of the biggest media houses in the Caribbean.

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