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Suriname strikes against TT in upset win in CONCACAF Gold Cup playoff

Suriname strikes against TT in upset win in CONCACAF Gold Cup playoff

midfielder Nathan Lewis

T&T midfielder Nathan Lewis, left, holds off Suriname’s Guno Kwasie in last evening’s CFU Gold Cup play-off qualifier

Lowly ranked Suriname last niight stunned heavily favoured Trinidad and Tobago 2-1 in what was the opening encounter of the Caribbean Football Union’s CONCACAF Gold Cup playoffs.

The three-team play-off opener at the Ato Boldon Stadium seemed headed for a goalless draw before it sprang to life in the last 15 minutes.

In the 76th minute Guno Kwasie had a huge slice of luck when his deflected effort flew past Adrian Foncette and into the back of the net to give Suriname the lead.

Then five minutes later Tyrone Charles seemed to have spared T&T’s blushes with a well-placed free kick that sailed over the wall and into the net.

It took 30-minutes extra-time to arrive at the match-winner and it was substitute Ivanildo Rozenblad with his fierce shot from just outside the area beating a diving Foncette on its way into the roof of the net for Suriname’s 2-1 lead and win.

Suriname need to defeat Haiti back at the Ato Boldon Stadium tomorrow night to become the tri-nation playoffs winner and earn the place in the playoff game with a Central American qualifier for the last ticket to the July CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The defeat put a major dent in trinidad and Tobago’s chances of advancing even with Haiti to play on Sunday evening to end their campaign and open up focus on two CONCACAF 2018 World Cup home matches in March against Panama and Mexico..

Last evening’s game was the third for the TT men’s team with Tom Sainfeet as coach. Sainfeet, a 43-year-old Belgian has been contracted by the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association to work the team for this tournament and the two ypcoming World Cup qualifiers.

Sainfeet got a chance to shape the team with a pair of friendly internationals away in Nicaragua last week – the Nicaraguans winning 2-1, then beaten 1-3 by TT.