Haiti qualified to the Gold Cup semifinal for the first time, but they had decent times in the past as the best team in CONCACAF. Here is a throwback to the 1970’s, when Haiti was even better than Mexico.
Three Caribbean teams qualified to the next stage of the Gold Cup, two of them from the first place. Will the Caribbean teams finally make a step to the top of CONCACAF football?
We hope you had great holidays, but it's time to get back to the business.
The Weekend Guide is once again here, and this time we have a double header from the Caribbean with the Copa América Centenario playoffs and the league of Bermuda, and a short visit to the Far East and the league of Hong Kong.
(All the hours are in CET local time)
Amateur (Like these guys)
What? Trinidad and Tobago – Haiti (Copa América Centenario playoffs)
When? Friday, 2330
Where? Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City
Why? The centennial tournament of the Copa América will take place in the USA next summer and the last two CONCACAF spots are left to be decided. On Friday night, in Panama, Trinidad Tobago and Haiti will play for the qualification.
Key Players: Khaleem Hyland will be the top Soca Warrior for this match, with 8 years of experience in the Belgian league and 53 international caps. Meanwhile, Haiti leading player is the promising 21 years old attacker, Duckens Nazon, who plays for the French second tier club Laval and scored 4 goals in the Gold Cup.
Panamanian Heritage: Until 1993, the stadium was named "Estadio Revolución". Now it is named after Rommel Fernández, a Panamanian footballer who died in car accident. He died at the age of 27.
Professional (like this guy)
What? Eastern – South China (Hong Kong Premier League)
When? Sunday, 1030
Where? Mong Kok Stadium, Hong Kong
Why?After both teams played 6 matches, just one point is the difference between the leaders Eastern and the second place South China. Eastern haven't lost yet and they wish to win their first title since 1995. South
Key Players: Eastern's Australian Andrew Barisic is one of the league top scorers with 4 goals, and except from playing in Hong Kong he previously played in India, Indonesia and German amateur leagues. South China's main player is goalkeeper Cristian Mora, 36 years old Ecuadorian who played for the national during their World Cup campaign in 2006.
The O Team: In the 1992/3 season, Eastern started the season with 9 wins in 9 matches, and had an impressive balance of 30 goals for and no goals conceded.
World Class (like this goal)
What? Dandy Town Hornets – Robin Hood (Bermuda Premier League)
When? Sunday, 2000
Where? St. John's Field, Pembroke Parish
Why? Dandy Town is on first place with 25 points, while Robin Hood is 9 points behind in the second place. If Dandy Town will win it, they’ll get closer for their eighth title. If they lose, the race will open up.
Key Players: The two leading scorers of the league will be on the same field, so it's a showtime! Dandy Town’s Tomiko Goater is 18 years old, who scored 7 goals in his debut season. Robin Hood’s Lejuan Simmons scored 9 goals this season, after playing for Ilkeston, a non-league English club, at the 8th division.
National Player: Former Bermudian footballer Kyle Lightbourne had 40 international caps and played for over a decade in England. Except from being international footballer, Lightbourne made 5 caps for Bermuda national cricket team in 1990.