football team exited the Digicel Caribbean Championships
(DCC) Final Round in shocking style.
The Soca Warriors came up against host Jamaica, Grenada
and Barbados in Group A and emerged with a disappointing
four points from their three matches.
The little team that could, Grenada, with six points, and
hosts Jamaica, with seven points, go through to the semifinals
and now qualify for a place in the 2009 Concacaf Gold Cup.
Caribbean football giants T&T and the confident Barbados
(0 points) go home.
Since 1989, eight-time winner of the DCC, T&T, have
never failed to qualifiy for the DCC Semi-Finals. T&T
has placed in the top four of the Concacaf Gold Cup a total
of four times (1967 4th, 1973 2nd, 1989
3rd and 2000 3rd) and since 1967, have only not qualified
in four years (1977, 1981, 1993, 2003).
T&T head coach, Francisco Maturana, expressed his feelings
about going home so soon: We are very disappointed.
We have some young players who havent yet been able
to step up to the level of play needed to win this tournament.
This is the best team we could have put together since at
the moment we do not have our overseas based players. We
couldnt have done things any differently. They did
Meanwhile, Grenada, the team that continues to surprise
the Caribbean and has never before qualified for the Concacaf
Gold Cup, were all smiles after Jamaica drew with T&T,
giving them the edge to qualify for both the DCC Semi-Finals
and the Gold Cup.
Grenada coach and captain, Anthony Modeste, relayed the
teams feelings: We are overjoyed. We came here
to win and we did. I dont consider it luck, but rather
hard work paying off. We have worked extremely hard to get
We conceded 2 goals today, and I have to give it to Barbados
because they did not lie down and take it when we had them
at 3-0 after the first half. They came out in the second
half fighting. But we did our job.
With Cuba already securing their place in the semifinals
with six points, the Caribbean now await the fourth team
who will go through to the 2009 Concacaf Gold Cup and the
semifinals of the 2008 Digicel Caribbean Championships.
With all the surprises this DCC, it is anyones guess
as Guadeloupe (3 points), Haiti (1 point) and Antigua &
Barbuda (1 points) will have everything to fight for tonight
in the final game of Group B in the 2008 DCC Final Round.