As part of the 4 th and final day of the League of Caribbean Nations of the Confederation of North America, Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF), in a full Sylvio Cator stadium, the Grenadiers overcame the Cuban selection: the “Leones del Caribe” (the lions of the Caribbean), after a thrilling match. Let us recall that as well as Haiti with 9 points and 16 of priority: (St-Marteen [13-0]Ste Lucie [2-1]Nicaragua [2-0]), the Cuban selection also had 9 points, with a differential of more 14, thanks to three shutout wins (Turks and Caicos [11-0]; Grenada: [2-0] and Dominican Republic: [1-0]), in as many matches played, within the framework of the CONCACAF Nations League 2020. In first period, the Grenadiers were aggressive in front of an audience of acquired supporters, controlling the game during the first quarter of an hour, without however managing to find a loophole in the very solid defense of the Lions. It will be necessary to wait for a superb action of Duckens Nazon (# 9), in the 27 minute, thwarting all the Cuban defense, to open the scoring in favor of Haiti [1-0]putting an end to the invincibility of the Cuban goalkeeper who had played six games, without conceding a single goal.
Half-time [1-0] in favor of Haiti
Upon returning from the locker room, the Caribbean Lions put pressure on our Grenadiers, to put them on the defensive, a strategy that paid off which allowed the striker Luis Paradela (# 23), on a badly repelled strike by Johnny Placide, to find the equalizer [1-1]. Following the equalizer, the Grenadiers returned to the offensive, but Kevin Lafrance and Jonel Désiré were disconcertingly ineffective, missing several opportunities to give Haiti the advantage. Finally, it will be necessary to wait for Duc Nazon who faces alone, the Cuban defense, taking it of speed. He served Kevin Lafrance (# 13) superbly at the end of the second period 89 minutes, and he scored the winning goal for the Grenadiers [2-1]. The victory allowed the Grenadiers to validate their ticket to League A, taking one of six places and finishing first in their group (19 goals against 18 for Canada). Moreover, with the four girls in athletics who won four medals, one gold and three silver, the two athletes of the riding team who won 5 more: 1 gold, 3 silver, and 1 bronze. , and the unified football team that won a gold medal, Haiti did very well at the “Special Olympics” of 2019. These games were held this year in Abu Dhabi and Dubai from March 14 to 21. The Haitian football team faced the Cuban team, in a qualifying match for the Gold Cup, on Sunday, March 24, 2019. This match caused a cold sweat, given the climate of insecurity that reigns in neighborhoods surrounding the Sylvio Cator stadium. To this end, the authorities have made arrangements to facilitate this meeting. Christopher Philémond Pouloute is a young 16-year-old athlete, gifted in horse riding, whom Guerdès Louis, of the Chateaublond Equestrian Center, has been training for eight years already. Like Darlène, his teammate who won 3 medals, he is in the care of NPH Hospital, due to his intellectual disability. On Tuesday morning, Christopher won a silver medal in dressage, his second for the competition. On Monday, he finished third for a bronze medal in riding. Happy, the young man did not hide his pride. Neither did his coach. “These are months of hard work. We deserve these awards, ”said Guerdès. “Our work here is finished. We will now go home and prepare even better for the future. See you in four years, in Germany, ”he concludes. Crowned champions, by beating Belgium 2-1, Haiti’s football team took revenge on the 2015 Special Olympics, when they conceded a minimum of 12 goals per game. In athletics too, the competition was good. 3 silver medals, a gold medal in 100m for the girls who gave their best. Trained by coach Maxime Auguste of “Special Olympics Haiti”, Widjmy Charles (gold medal), Christelle Paul (silver medal), Renia Joseph (silver medal) and Vanessa Pierre (silver medal) have proved that they have the determination to spare and that the important thing is to never give up. These are the characteristics of a true champion. So, after a bad experience, in their first 200m race that caused their disqualification, the young women did not let themselves be defeated, despite the disappointment, and persevered until the final victory. After the 12 medals of 2015 and the 10 medals won this year, there is no longer any doubt about the talent of our “Special Olympics” Haiti athletes. Before the match, the main mayor of Port-au-Prince, Ralph Youri Chevry, told Le Nouvelliste, that the municipality has already taken all the measures to guarantee the holding of this match. “Apart from the committee responsible for the preparations, the town hall of Port-au-Prince is committed to ensuring the realization of the said match,” said Ralph Youri Chevry. According to the city councilor of Port-au-Prince, cleaning work was carried out across the town, especially in the vicinity of the Sylvio Cator stadium, in order to maintain a healthy environment for a few days for the match. As an amendment, he noted that he never asked the gangs to observe a truce for Sunday, March 31. “I rather launched an appeal to all the actors of the national life, in order to contribute to the realization of this meeting”, he qualified, recalling that a victory will allow Haiti to cross an important stage in the soccer. The president of the Haitian Football Federation (FHF), meanwhile, said he was looking forward to this Haiti-Cuba match, within the framework of the League of Nations, in a stressful situation. He says he crossed his fingers to make the meeting go off without incident. “The concerns were constant and permanent, as the days progressed for the meeting scheduled for Sunday March 24 between Haiti and Cuba, at the Sylvio Cator stadium,” said Yves Jean-Bart. He said he received a call from the CONCACAF president expressing his concerns for the match, given the climate of insecurity in Haiti. After seeing images showing scenes of violence in Haiti, he wanted to ask me if the meeting would still be possible. He wanted to make sure that the visiting team, referees, officials and spectators would be safe and to make sure that the match did not turn into a political fair where people will come to put forward their demands, which is contrary to the philosophy of FIFA and CONCACAF. “This is the first time in my entire career that I have received such a call,” said Yves Jean-Bart, who claims to have tried everything to convince the president of CONCACAF, as well as a Cuban minister and the president of the Cuban Football Federation who were also on the line.
Altidor Jean Hervé