Haiti crush Cuba 5-0 to retain U-17 football title

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Haiti captain and Most Valuable Player Steeve Saint-Duc raises the CFU championship trophy as his teammates join in the celebration after whipping Cuba 5-0 at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, Trinidad and Tobago, in the final on Sunday night. (Photo: Sean Williams)

COUVA, Trinidad & Tobago – Haiti retained their Caribbean title by outclassing Cuba 5-0 in the final of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) World Cup qualifying tournament at the Ato Boldon Stadium on Sunday night.Steeve Moondestin (36th minute), Steeve Saint-Duc (55th), Jean Jacques Danley (63rd), Louidon Casseus 78th), and Nael Elysee (90+2) got the goals.
Haiti’s captain Saint-Duc collected awards for the tournament’s Most Valuable Player and the Leading Goalscorer with five to his name.
Jamaica’s Nickque Daley and Raewin Senior followed closely on the goal-scoring chart with four each.
In the curtain-raiser, Jamaica’s Young Reggae Boyz got the better of Curacao 3-0 to cop third place.
A brace by Daley in the 47th and 70th minutes along with a single strike by Senior (21st) got Jamaica’s goals.
The Young Boyz, like all the semi-finalists and best third-place finishers Suriname, will now look to the CONCACAF Championship to be played in Panama next year.
From the confederation playoffs, four teams will advance to the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in India next August.