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Soccer: Trinidad and Tobago still in with a chance

The Haitian footballer Pierre Jean-Jacques debuts for Nantes

Despite losing 2-0 to Costa Rica on 7 September, Trinidad and Tobago still have a chance of representing the Caribbean at the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany. Costa Rica’s win leaves them well-placed to take the third and last automatic qualification place, behind the USA and Mexico, who have already qualified.

Trinidad and Tobago can still clinch fourth place, and thereby qualify for a play-off match against Uzbekistan or Bahrain.

To be certain of making the play-off match, Trinidad and Tobago must win both their last two matches, away to Panama on 8 October, and home to Mexico four days later, and hope that Guatemala drops points in one of their last two games.

Meanwhile, Haitian defender Pierre Jean-Jacques , who recently joined the French first division team, Nantes, from Uruguayan giants, Penarol, made his debut for his new club at the weekend.

Although Pierre featured in one of the highlights of a poor game against Troyes when his powerful shot hit the post early
in the second half, he finished on the losing side. An injury-time goal gave Troyes a 1-0 victory - their first home win of the season.

Jean-Jacques, who was captain of the Under-23 Haitian national football team, and is now an emerging player for the full national squad, was transferred to Nantes from Penarol for a fee thought to be around one million euros.

PS :

’Eye on the Caribbean’ is realised by Charles Arthur, and is provided in a
partnership between the Haiti Support Group and AlterPresse as a contribution to Haiti’s greater integration within the Caribbean region.