The tools are there for these determined players to spring a possible shock in the group stages. But it’s an occasion you suspect Neveu will encourage his players to cherish given the widespread rebuilding the nation undertook following the catastrophic earthquake which hit the Caribbean country in 2010.
Still, there is quality in this group, with players from the top flight in France, Belgium, Turkey and the United States. It’ll be fascinating to see how Les Grenadiers fare in their upcoming friendly against Colombia and what kind of template the manager puts in place for this historic tournament.
Haiti preview: Group Fixtures:
Saturday, June 4
Wednesday, June 8
Sunday, June 12
Haiti preview: Key Player:
Jeff Louis – If Haiti are going to be a persistent threat on the counter-attack throughout this tournament, they will need the an outlet to carry the ball into advanced areas and take pressure of the defense. It’s a role which Louis is capable of fulfilling at his best.
The Caen midfielder can operate off a centre-forward, but is at his most effective on the flanks. Like any wide man he can be infuriating at times, with decision-making often erratic in the final third. The 23-year-old can also be scintillating with the ball at his feet and Neveu will be looking for him to lead the team’s sharp forays forward.
Haiti preview: Verdict:
Group Stage Elimination – It would be wonderful to see Haiti spring some kind of surprise in this competition as arguably the Centenario’s biggest underdog. But it is very difficult to see them retaining their defensive focus for long spells when they’re pinned back. Expect plenty of industry, although not quite enough intricacy to qualify.
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