PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (CFU) – While expressing hope that the home-court advantage will give his Women’s U-20 team the edge as they go on the hunt in the Caribbean Football Union Women’s Under 20 Championship set to kick of here Wednesday, Haiti’s Head Coach Shek Borkowski said his side enters the regional contest riding firmly on a mission.
“Four years ago we established a goal with Dr. (Yves) Jean-Bart (President of Federation Haitienne de Football) of qualifying for one World Cup within five years – U17, U20 or the senior team,” Borkowski said.
“With this group of U20s, I’ve worked for the last four years, since they were 12-13 years old, and the coaches who are here have done a very good job. I think that physically we are ready, technically we are ready and we are making progress,” Borkowski added. Haiti is in Group A with Bermuda and Puerto Rico, while Group B is comprised of Curacao, Jamaica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago.
The championship will run until October 23, with the top three teams advancing to the 2015 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship slated for Honduras in December. Borkowski said he feels that Haiti’s overarching vision to secure a World Cup berth is on track.
“For this tournament, especially being at home, our objective number one is to qualify for the CONCACAF tournament; number two get to the final; number three is to win the final.I know it is going to be difficult, because I know Jamaica has an experienced team; they have good players. But, you know, playing at home I think it will give us a little bit of the edge in terms of supporters, so we are looking here to finish as number one,” the head coach said.
Haiti will enter the fray on Friday, October 16 at 6 pm local time when they take on Puerto Rico.