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Haiti celebrates Caribbean soccer title

Haiti celebrates Caribbean soccer title

Hundreds of fans thronged the international airport to welcome home Haiti's national soccer team on Wednesday, a day after winning the Caribbean Cup for the first time in Trinidad.
Haiti defeated Trinidad and Tobago 2-1 in the final, its best result in the tournament's 18-year history.
About 100 supporters crowded around the squad's chartered plane and cheered wildly as players emerged and held up the silver trophy. Hundreds more fans packed the airport's entrance, hoping for a glimpse of the team.
"Now we want to go to the World Cup in 2010. We have the means, we just proved it," Yves Jean Bart, president of the Haitian Football Federation, said as players toasted themselves with champagne.
Soccer-mad Haitians celebrated the win well into the night with fireworks and loud parties. A victory parade led by the team was planned for Wednesday.
"It's an honor for us. We shouldn't forget that we beat a team that participated in the last World Cup," said striker Alexandre Boucicaut, who scored in the final.
Trinidad's team was weakened by the absence of many star players who had club commitments overseas. Cuba came third by downing Guadeloupe 2-1.
All four teams qualified for the CONCACAF Gold Cup in the U.S. in June.


Updated : 2020-12-03 16:47 GMT+08:00