Haiti WNT Qualifying for the Gold Cup video
Peterson Jerome, founding president of H.Y.D.E in a new role with the Hatian Football Federation, along with Alejandro Salisbury accompanied the Women's National Team in their most recent tournament. The following is a brief story of the ten days we spent with coach Shek Borowski, the dedicated staff and the Haitian Women wearing blue on the pitch who represented our nation proudly.
On the long journey to the World Cup in Canada 2015, we still one had more hurdle to overcome in our region; Trinidad and Tobago was the setting for the Caribbean Cup. The top four teams qualify for the Gold Cup in the United States, which is the the final step before attaining our dream of qualifying to World Cup.
The group stage, in all honesty came down to a Caribbean Classic versus Jamaica, to decide who would play against Trinidad and Tobago in the final, whose group mathces were mere formalities. In our matches versus Bermuda and Puerto Rico, Haiti scored 9 goals while recieving only one. Then came Jamaica; Haiti's long time rival. As it happends all to often, the whistle doesn't always blow evenly. While the battle was hard fought at the end of the night, the score board dipicted that Jamaica had scored two goals, while Haiti was unable to overcome a yellow wall in front of Jamaica's goalie. Wih qualifying to the Gold Cup already acheived, the third place match proved that Haiti is still a power in the Caribbean.
In the Gold Cup, Haiti's Women's National team will be able to test their skills against the Caribbean Champion Trinidad and Tobago, who showed class and style in their victory over Jamaica. Haiti will also have the opportunity to play against one of the World's best team, the United States. The dream match on american soil, a true David vs Goliath, is a match that is hard to measure based on the score board. The lessons that will be learned are nearly as valuable as the three points, though, taking points from the U.S would make international football headlines. Least but not forgetten is our first match against Guatemala, a team that on paper appears to be the weakest in the group, but on the field they will have the chance to prove that they have the same chances as any other team to qualify to the World Cup.