2017 U-17 WCQ (Round 2): Scores, Pictures, Brief Analysis

Congratulations to Haiti who have won back-to-back Caribbean titles at U-17 level after beating Cuba 5-0 in the final. Here’s the lowdown on the final round of India 2017 qualifiers…

Picture credit for this article’s featured image: FHF – Federation Haitienne De Football.

FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017

The official logo for the 2017 U-17 World Cup in India. (pic credit: FIFA)

Note: [Q] means qualified and () indicates the number of points that country has accumulated.

Group A

**All Group A matches were played at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva**

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Trinidad & Tobago head coach Russell Latapy was unable to guide his team to qualification to the next round. (pic credit: deadlinenews)

  1. Haiti [Q] (7) 2. Jamaica [Q] (7) 3. Trinidad & Tobago (3) 4. Bermuda (0)

16/09/16: Bermuda 2-6 Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago 0-2 Haiti.

18/09/16: Jamaica 0-0 Haiti, Trinidad & Tobago 3-2 Bermuda.

20/09/16: Haiti 5-0 Bermuda, Trinidad & Tobago 2-3 Jamaica.

Group B

**All Group B matches were played at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain**

Cuba were the only team to pick up maximum points in group play. (pic credit: @Havana_Casino)

  1. Cuba [Q] (9) 2. Curacao [Q] (4) 3. Suriname [Q] (3) 4. Guadeloupe (1)

17/09/16: Suriname 2-0 Guadeloupe, Cuba 2-1 Curacao.

19/09/16: Guadeloupe 0-6 Cuba, Curacao 3-1 Suriname.

21/09/16: Curacao 0-0 Guadeloupe, Cuba 2-1 Suriname.

Finals

Semi-finals (23/09/16): Haiti 3-1 Curacao, Cuba 1-0 Jamaica.

Third-place playoff (25/09/16): Jamaica 3-0 Curacao.

Final (25/09/16): Haiti 5-0 Cuba.

Video credit: WI Sports

Goals from Steeve Moondestin, Steeve Saint-Duc, Jean Jacques Danley, Louidon Casseus and Nael Elysee gave Haiti a resounding 5-0 victory over Cuba and back-to-back Caribbean U-17 titles. The side’s captain, Saint-Duc, enjoyed a terrific tournament: he won the Golden Boot (5) and Golden Ball awards for his stand-out performances. Indeed, Haiti is a hotbed for young football talent but as former Haitian manager Edson Tavares has previously said, there aren’t always the necessary structures in place so that talented youngsters can fulfill their potential. The CONCACAF Championship should provide a bigger platform for these Haitian players to express themselves on. As for Cuba, they will be disappointed to have lost so heavily in the final – their first final round defeat after winning all three group matches and the semi-final – but a runners-up finish is still a solid achievement.

You can watch highlights of Haiti 5-0 Cuba above courtesy of WI Sports, a Port of Spain-based TV station which streamed games throughout qualifying.

Caribbean representatives at next year’s CONCACAF U-17 Championship to be staged in Panama: Haiti, Cuba, Jamaica, Curacao, Suriname.

By Nathan Carr

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Thanks for reading! Feel free to leave any constructive feedback in the comments box below and/or you can send me a message on Twitter @caribbeanftbl. I’ll be reporting on the Caribbean countries at next year’s CONCACAF U-17 Championship so stay tuned for that. Peace!

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