In his new weekly column “What if we went back? “, Haiti-Tempo's editorial will always tell you a fact, the prowess of a player, a time, a generation or a key moment in the history of Haitian football and the demystifies. On the occasion of our first issue, we decided to make you rediscover the course of the Racing Club Haitien at the CONCACAF Champions' Cup of 1963 when he was crowned champion.
From March 10 to August 18, 1963 took place the 2nd edition of the annual tournament of clubs at the CONCACAF zone level with the participation of 9 formations. The first, won by the CD Guadalajara of Mexico, saw the participation of the Haitian Star. The Haitian club was eliminated after a scathing (0-6) against Sithoc Curaçao in the first round after having won (3-2) at Parc Lecompte.
Tenants of the title, the Mexicans CD Guadalajara arrived with a status of favorite grandissime for this 2nd edition with the Racing Club Haitien as representative of the country. 9 clubs from 8 countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Curacao and the USA, went to try to run for the trophy. For this continental tournament, the Old Lion strengthened his arsenal with the acquisition of the stars André Auguste and Guy Saint-Vil, 2 international potential. Playing a classic 4-2-4 including the infernal offensive trio composed of Salomon Saint-Vil, Germain Champagne and Guy Saint-Vil, assisted in the interplay by the brilliant Fito Louidon and the gunner Joseph Obas, the defector of AS Capoise
In the first round considered as quarterfinal, the Racing Club Haitian crossed the iron with the RKVFC Sithoc of Curaçao. In the first leg, the Old Lion went to win (3-1) with achievements of Champagne, Saint-Vil and Limage. In Port-au-Prince on March 17, 1963, Saint-Vil gave the Haitians victory over the narrow score from one goal to zero.
In the second round, the Port-au-Prince training had to play both matches in Guatemala against a local team, Club Xelajú MC, Honduran rapper of CD Vida. Logic suggests that the best team can win on any terrain. What Salomon Saint-Vil and his teammates knew by eliminating their opponent with a victory (4-1) including a triplet of Saint-Vil and a realization of Champagne. The defeat (3-1) in the return leg forced the two teams to play a third match in Guatemala City and it is the Old Lion who won again, enough to continue his journey.
In the final round, the Racing Club Haitien and the reigning champion, Guadalajara CD, met in September 1963. The difficulties in obtaining a passport for Haitian players in time for the final in Mexico delayed the match three times. After the protests of the Guadalajara leaders at CONCACAF in February 1964, the governing body declared the club champion, but changed their mind after a counter-protest by setting April 2 as the last date. This decision forced the Aztecs to withdraw from the competition because they were doing a European tour during this period. The title was thus attributed to the Haitian Racing Club without any match being played.
It is always said: anything that is harmful to one group of people is beneficial to another. The Racinists thus raised the Cup, enough to become the first club of Haiti to offer this coronation just before the Violet in 1985. 1963 is an unforgettable year for the Yellow and Blue with also the conservation of the title of champion of the Cup Pradel.