The dust has settled and eight teams have made it to the staging of the grand finale of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Men’s Caribbean Cup set to be played at the Montego Bay Sports Complex, in Montego Bay, Jamaica, November 10-17.
The elite eight ate: Trinidad & Tobago, Antigua & Barbuda, Haiti, French Guiana, Martinique, Curacao, Cuba (defending Champions) and Jamaica (host).
The four top teams from the tournament will take automatic spots in the CONCACAF Gold Cup for 2015; and the fifth placed team will compete in a home and away playoff game against a fifth placed team from the Unión Centro Americana de Fútbol (UNCAF), the winner from this encounter will qualify for the CONCACAF Gold Cup competition.
Six teams emerged from the keenly contested ‘Second Round’ which featured 12 teams divided into three Groups namely 7, 8 and 9 and took place in Trinidad & Tobago, Haiti and Guadeloupe.
Trinidad & Tobago topped Group 7 comfortably with maximum nine points while Antigua & Barbuda earned four points to take second place. The Dominican Republic had four points as well but with a lesser goal average and St Lucia failed to get a point in all three games.
In Group 8, Haiti held on to top the group with five points, just one ahead of French Guiana who gained four points. St Kitts and Nevis also got four points (lesser goal average) and Barbados ended with three points.
Martinique topped Group 9 with seven points, Curacao was next with four points while host Guadeloupe and St Vincent and the Grenadines earned three each.
These eight teams will be placed into two Groups A and B, from which the third and fourth play-off and the finalists will emerge.