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Warriors to open Cup campaign against Haiti

Trinidad and Tobago's senior men's team will begin their quest for the 2012 Caribbean Cup title with the opening fixture of the tournament against Haiti at the Antigua Recreation Ground, St John's on December 7..

This was announced by the Caribbean Football Union on Tuesday following the completion of Groups Six and Eight in the semi-final round of the qualification.

T&T are in Group A along with hosts Antigua/Barbuda, Haiti and Dominican Republic while defending champions Jamaica have been placed alongside Cuba, French Guyana and Martinique in Group B.

Besides crowning the regional champions, the tournament decides the Caribbean's four berths in next year's CONCACAF Gold Cup. The Final match will be played on December 16.

This year's Finals include all four teams that have won the Caribbean crown, eight-time champions T&T, Jamaica, 1993 winners Martinique and 2007 champions Haiti.

Six of the eight participants have finished in the top four, except the Dominican Republic and French Guyana, who are making their first appearance in the finals since 1995.

T&T head coach Hutson Charles will resume preparations with a squad later next week and the TTFF is currently in discussions with some of the overseas-based players likely to be recalled for the Finals.

"It's a pretty decent group which I expect us to be able to come out of and get to the semi-finals," Charles told TTFF Media.

"It's not going to be easy by any means and we have to get a strong as possible squad for the Finals and also ensure that we have a fair preparation heading into the first game against Haiti. They want to win it and qualify for the Gold Cup just as badly as we do and the same goes for the hosts Antigua and Dominican Republic," he added.

Team captain Jan Michael Williams echoed similar sentiments looking ahead to the tournament.

"We knew all along that we would have to face one of the better teams in the Caribbean and in this case we have been grouped with Haiti. But in saying that, we are also aware that Dominican Republic and Antigua will not be teams that we can take for granted. Their football has been on the improve and we have to take the same approach into this Finals as we have in the recent games which is to stay focused and try to lift our performance game by game," said the W Connection custodian who has conceded two goals in the six matches played so far in the qualifying matches.

"We know what is ahead of us at this point and our ambitions remain the same which is to qualify for the Gold Cup and at the same time get to the Cup Final and try and win it," Williams stated.

Group A which includes T&T will be contested at the Antigua Recreation Ground in St. John's, while Group B will be played at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound.

Caribbean Cup Finals



Group A

At St. John's, Antigua

Friday December 7

Haiti vs. Trinidad & Tobago 6 p.m.

Antigua & Barbuda vs. Dominican Republic 8 p.m.

Sunday, December 9

Dominican Republic vs. Haiti 5 p.m.

Antigua & Barbuda vs. Trinidad & Tobago 7 p.m.

Tuesday, December 11

Trinidad & Tobago vs. Dominican Republic 5 p.m.

Antigua & Barbuda vs. Haiti 7 p.m.

Group B

At North Sound, Antigua

Saturday, December 8

Martinique vs. Cuba 5 p.m.

Jamaica vs. French Guyana 7 p.m.

Monday, December 10

Cuba vs. French Guyana 5 p.m.

Jamaica vs. Martinique 7 p.m.

Wednesday, December 11

French Guyana vs. Martinique 5 p.m.

Jamaica vs. Cuba 7 p.m.


At St. John's, Antigua

Friday, December 14

Group A winner vs. Group B runner-up

5 p.m.

Group B winner vs. Group A runner-up

7 p.m.


At North Sound, Antigua

Sunday, December 16

Third Place

Semifinal losers 5 p.m.


Semifinal winners 7 p.m.