The U-20 has launched a new campaign after the disastrous past two years where all Haitian teams were eliminated from the major regional tournaments. The girls are currently facing Anguilla and the score is already approaching double digits. This type of encounters in the preliminary rounds are more like sparring sessions since the Caribbean teams are very unequal. Cuba already beat Dominica 10-0 and we expect Haiti dispatch Anguilla with an even bigger score.
All 4 teams are trying to earn the only berth to the second round or finals in St-Kitts and Nevis in November. The teams forming the other two groups are host Bermuda, Jamaica, and Curacao in group B and host Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Bonaire, and Antigua. The favorites are certainly the usual suspects Haiti and Jamaica. However, with JoAnnie Ramos and 9 other US-based players in its roster, Puerto Rico will probably seek to fight fire with fire, especially versus bitter rival Dominican Republic.
Nerilia Mondesir who plays pro at Monpellier in France will lead the girls. The phenomenal Haitian striker is favorite to win the golden boot of the tournament.
mmm pa kite rezilta sa egare w yo pa bon pase sa vre. M gade tout match la. Anguilla pa te gen ekip vre se te yon dal timoun ki ap kouri sou boul la. Ekip Haiti a pa bon fizikman. Twop medam ki deja gen gwo tete lou nan lestomak yo avek gwo jaret ki plen ak fat. Timedam sa yo pap kapab rive lwen.
The Haiti girls beat Puerto Rico 3-0 with Haiti's former coach leading Puerto Rico. That tells us Haiti's local football is strong enough to overpower most fellow Caribbean teams even when they have better coaches. Having a strong football tradition means your children grow up playing or watching the sport. They know it. You cannot beat that. We need to keep the focus on developing what we have.