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Who are the current most prolifc Haitian strikers?

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To determine the current most capable striker we look at performances at the national team and clubs regardless of opposition strength. There are two reasons for this consideration: 1) all current strikers have played and scored in similar leagues and against comparable national teams; 2) since, the most regular strikers of the national team have rarely scored in recent games, we have decided to make it fair to them by including all past performances regardless of current forms. However, although we have credited current non-performing players for past scores, we also look at the goal per game ratio to determine the players who would likely score if Haiti was to play today. The ranking of best strikers is as follows:

#4 KERVENS BELFORT
#4 KERVENS BELFORT

 KERVENS BELFORT is one of the best known Haitian strikers and one who is also known for his extrovert demeanor on the pitch. He is famously known for missing an open goal in the last seconds of a Haiti's Copa America match versus Peru and then cried a river for the media. However, the striker was not always such a buffoon. Kervens was one of the best strikers Haiti ever had in his teenage years. His skills were in full display when he was transferred to Le Mans in the French 2nd division. In a few years Kervens has built up an impressive ratio of goal to games for Haiti. Unfortunately, this record is somewhat misleading. Unlike his teammate Duckens Nazon, most of Kervens goals came against Caribbean minnows during the 2012 World Cup campaign. After some sporadic performances, the player entered a long hibernation period that lasted at least 2 years before he shyly found the nets again in the recent games.

#3 WEDSON ANSELME
#3 WEDSON ANSELME

WEDSON ANSELME: Clearly one of the best current strikers with a range of skills and physical abilities. Anselme consistently maintains a more than 50% scoring average regardless he is in Haiti, Bangladesh or India where other top Haitian strikers failed to impose themselves. Unfortunately, Anselme has only played once for the national team. This lack of opportunity, although unfair, is what prevents the player from establishing himself as the natural heir of Emmanuel Sanon, Pierre Golman, and Jean-Philippe Peguero. Althoguh 31, we still hope the FHF will give the player a chance to prove his doubters wrong and register his name among Haiti's best. 

#2 DONALD GUERRIER
#2 DONALD GUERRIER

DONALD GUERRIER is probably the most capable goalscorer within the national team. No one can doubt his ability to beat defenses and score spectacular goals at the highest levels. He has scored versus some of the best teams in the world. However, Donald is often a failure at the national team. He is like the only doctor in town who is never present when someone is actually sick. He has been a nonfactor in most of Haiti's recent encounters. However, the player is a hot commodity for his club where he often scores. If our analysis was based on club performances only, Donald would be hard to beat for the number one spot since he is a regular scorer at the highest level.

#1 DUCKENS NAZON
#1 DUCKENS NAZON

DUCKENS NAZON is an interesting case. The 23 year old player is lethal scorer at the national team with a respectable ratio of almost 1 goal every 2 games but his unconvincing performances at club level can easily fool more than one. Nazon badly failed his stunt in India spending most of the first half of his contract on the bench watching Kervens Belfort becoming the idol of the fans of his club. Kervens truly embarrassed Nazon in India but the striker had his revenge in England where the officials of Wolves expertly chose Nazon over Kervens. In fact, transported to the national team, Kervens is no match for the France-born Haitian striker. Nazon grabs the first place in our ranking because he has proven that he is the one player who is likely to score at least once every two or three games for the national team. 

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