FHF President Outlines Roadmap to World Cup 2014 Brazil

Written by Gérald Bordes

Wednesday, 05 October 2011 13:40

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - On October 7, the Grenadiers go to the U.S. Virgin Islands for the third day of the World Cup 2014 qualifiers of Group F of the CONCACAF zone.

On October 11 the team will be back in Haiti to welcome to the Sylvio Cator Stadium Curacao. Two wins would allow Haiti Coach, Edson Tavares' team to take first place in the group if Antigua and Barbuda stumble against Curacao or Virgin Islands.

To realize this dream, coach Tavares has strengthened his workforce with three expatriates. The new recruits are Frantz Bertin, Fucien Brunel and Joseph Peterson.

Reacting to the decision, Yves Jean-Bart, president of the Federation of Haitian Football, said the players were senior national team members that were not available for both previous matches.

"They are a part of the group but they were not here for our first two appointments. Brunel had played only two friendly matches for the selection with Edson Tavares in command against Qatar (Doha 1-0 November 17, 2010) and El Salvador, a defeat (0-1) February 9, 2010 in San Salvador."

"Bertin is the only one to have played every game since 2007 for the selection of which he was also the captain. The return of these three talents very attached to the national team can be beneficial," said Yves Jean-Bart.

For this qualifying campaign, the national team has played any friendly meeting and President Jean-Bart is not of that opinion. "It's not quite accurate. In fact, in addition to the above two games against two national teams, we have a good shot in Boston and we met two good academic selections. Indeed, some current players (Céus Donald Guerrier, Jean Rubin Garry ...) had participated in the unfortunate Digicel Cup qualifying at Trinidad and Tobago," he said.

If Haiti is to win the only ticket to the third round, the Federation is considering internships for Grenadiers.

"It is our plan to pass this second round then for a large gathering at the end of the year. We plan to play games as scheduled by FIFA next year. Then we expect to achieve a great internship in June 2012 somewhere in Europe before starting the third round matches against the United States, Jamaica and possibly Guatemala. Everything will be possible in this adventure," said the head of the Haitian Football Federation.

As for the performance of players in Haiti, Yves Jean-Bart said that the first two games were very promising, while stressing that we rarely done so well in World Cup debut.

"The team is athletic, enthusiastic players with truly professional players who want to do something together. In short, a great room for improvement."

Mr. Jean-Bart was pleased to note that the Federation had won the bet to make Haitians happy eighteen months after the tragedy of January 12.

"When you look at Port-au-Prince, the National Palace, the Cathedral High School Petion, tents, here and there, given that little has been done in the field of reconstruction, we are proud to claim that the Sylvio Cator stadium (and also the headquarters of the FHF) is the only building to be rebuilt. Football led the way at all, that of recovery. Football serves as a model of what should have as tenacity to rebuild Haiti," said Yves Jean-Bart, President of the FHF.

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