After their shock 2-1 victory against homesters Trinidad and Tobago Wednesday night, Suriname can rub more salt on the wounded home team by also defeating Haiti tonight in continuing Caribbean Football Union CONCACAF Gold Cup qualifying.
Trinidad and Tobago are to play Haiti on Sunday to end the three-nation one-round tournament that advances the tournament winner to a match against the fifth-placed team from this month’s Central American Football Union 6-nation Cup championship.
But a Suriname win against Haiti tonight will make Sunday’s tournament closer inconsequential as with the double victory, Suriname’s six points will be unmatchably the best.
And Belgian Tom Saintfeet who was contracted by the cash-strapped TTFA for the coach’s duty in this Gold Cup qualifying tournament and for TT’s World Cup qualifiers in March will have time to shape a squad that will give him more than the one victory he has enjoyed in the three matches for which he has been in charge.
TT lost 2-1 to Nicaragua December 27 then beat the hosts in the next friendly 3-1. Nicaragua were also using the friendlies as preparations to play in the Jan 13 to 22 Central American Cup tourney that also features Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, hosts Panama and Belize.
TT needed a win against the Surinamese to build momentum. form and confidence after losses in their first two World Cup qualifiers last November – 2-nil at home to Costa Rica and 3-1 away to Honduras. The TTFA moved to dismiss then team coach Stephen Hart with Saintfeet his replacement.