Cuba and Curaçao to the Finals of Regional Tournament
HAVANA, WILLEMSTAD - Cuba will dispute the first place of the qualifying tournament for the World Cup Indoor Soccer in the Caribbean, against Curaçao, in a tournament being played in Havana''s Kid Chocolate.
Both teams arrived at this stage of the competition unbeaten, with balance of three wins, no defeats, the latest surprise, when Curaçao defeated the favorite Trinidad and Tobago.
Curaçao, at the top of Group A, beat Guyana: 5-2, Antigua and Barbuda 5 - 0 and Trinidad and Tobago, 3-2, in a match that claimed for itself the biggest applause by fans.
For its part, leader of Group B, the Cuban team, under the orders of head coach Clemente Reynoso, defeated Sint Maarten 5 - 0, Guadalupe, 4-0 and Jamaica 5-1, and powerfully struck the attention of the local team's defense which only allowed one goal in the preliminary stage.
For the third place Tuesday, Trinidad and Tobago will match Guadeloupe in the first match.
This way, Cuba and Curaçao arrive at this final stage of the tournament in Havana, qualified for the Elimination Tournament of Costa Rica, from May 8 to 15, an event that will give three tickets to the World Cup in Colombia next September.
Meanwhile, Trinidad and Tobago and Guadeloupe will also opt for the quota for a playoff game of playoff played against the team having finished in the same position in the tournament of the Central American Union, the winner of the match will receive the ticket to compete at Costa Rica.
Cuban Ricardo Castillo and Jerwyn Baltasar (TTO), both with five goals, topped the list of the best scorers in the preliminary stage.
Behind them, there were, with four goals scored, Jhonnet Martinez (CUB), Ashar Bernardus and Everon Espacia, both of Curaçao; Mickael Burlet and Samuel Lantidor, both from Guadeloupe.
With three, there are Guyanese Eusi Phillips, Konata Mannings and Raymond Wolf, from Saint Marteens; and with two, Cuban Sandy Domínguez and Karen Marino; Shurwendel Roosje and Jean Paulette, from Curaçao, and Rohann Rambojan from Guadeloupe.