Caribbean Cup Group A Preview

Montego Bay, Jamaica - The Men's Caribbean Cup kicks off on Tuesday at 5:30 PM as Group A will open the tournament. Group A consist of Trinidad & Tobago, French Guiana, Curacao and defending champions Cuba.

Team: Trinidad & Tobago

Coach: Stephen Hart

Squad: Justin Hoyte, Joevin Jones, Kevan George, Daniel Cyrus, Hughtun Hector, Khaleem Hyland, Kenwyne Jones, Kevin Molino, Ataulla Guerra, Radanfah Abu Bakr, Cordell Cato, Andre Boucaud, Jamal Gay, Shahdon Winchester, Leston Paul, Carlyle Mitchell, Jan-Michael Williams.

Trinidad & Tobago has been slated as one of the favorites of the competition having finished top of their group in the previous round and also being champions of the competition for a record 8 times.

The Soca Warriors boast a host of professionals locally and internationally based, such as Cardiff City F.C forward Kenwyn Jones and USL's 2014 season top scorer Kevin Molino. Head Coach of the Soca Warriors Stephen Hart was very modest of his teams expectations.

Hart stated "We came here with an understanding that we want to qualify, that is the priority. After that we set our ambition to be in the final and that is the ambition."

Coach Hart also noted that center back Sheldon Bateau would not be joining the squad for the finals. "We had to replace Sheldon Bateau who been a stalwart for the team but we are satisfied with the replacement."

Trinidad & Tobago opens the tournament versus Curacao at 5:30pm (4:30PM Eastern Caribbean Time)

 

Team: Curacao

Technical Director: Etienne Sealy

Squad: Ashar Bernadus, Charlton Vicento, Romero Regales, Hartleyson Dometilla, Givaro Nepomuceno, Gianluca Maria, Guyon Fernandez, Jarzinho Pieter, Jason Wall, Joel Victoria, Luidjino Hojer, Maiky Fecunda, Micro Colina, Prince Mathilda, Rhuently Martina, Rihairo Meulens, Robertico Wall, Rowendy Sumter, Rugenio Josephia, Shannon Carmelia, Shelton Martis, Vidarrell Merencia, Quentin Martinus.

Curacao will represent the Dutch Antilles' in the 2014 edition of the Caribbean Cup. The Dutch island with a population of 150 000 will be boasting a host of professionals from Holland and Asia. After qualifying from a tough group which featured Guadeloupe, Martinique and St. Vincent and Grenadines. Curacao find themselves as underdogs in Group A.

Technical Director Etienne Sealy is confident his team will make waves in the tournament.

"IF you look at the FIFA ranking Curacao is the lowest rank of most of the 8 teams. Therefore we may be looked at as underdogs. That is something I like as it means you have to strive to compete with the best. This is the 3rd time we have made it to the final round and we want to do well and compete for a spot in the Gold Cup."

 

Team: French Guiana

Coach: Jaïr Karam

Squad: Leon Donovan, Merille Ruby, Lugier Simon, Legrand Jean-David, Marvin Desmangles, Albert Ajaiso, Alain Moges, Marvin Torvic, Johann Appolinaire, Kevin Rimane, Marc-Jean Edwig, Marc-Arnuad Mona, Rhudy Evens, Brian Saint-Clair, Serge Lesperance, Sylvio Breleur, Gabriel Pigree, Michael Solvi, Gilles Fabien, Adipi Nekie, Roy Contout, Lescot Gregory, Gary Pigree.

The French South American territory are return finalist from the 2012 edition of the competition. French Guiana like many of the team in the competition have mixed their team with local and international players most notably the French professional Leagues.

The journey to the 2014 edition of the competition has not been an easy one. The team began qualification as early as May in the pre-qualifying rounds and steadily made it through the next two stages. one player who has shined for French Guiana has been Gabriel Pigree. The forward scored 8 goals during the qualifying stages and will play an integral part in French Guiana's push for Goal Cup qualification.

 

Team: Cuba

Coach: Walter Benitez

Squad: Diosvely Santiesteban, Arael Rodríguez, Delvis Quintanilla, Renay Serrano, Yasmany Escalante, Yennier Rosales, Hanier Cantillo, Jorge Corrales Cordero, Orisbel Leiva Pascual, Yoandir Puga Esteves, Yannier Martínez Pérez, José Alfonso Pita, Armando Curuneaux Isidoro, Alberto Gómez Carbonell, Ariel Martínez González, Jesús Rodríguez Jiménez, Félix Guerra Rondón, Tomas Cruz Rodríguez, Jeniel Márquez Molina, Dayron Blanco Joseph.

Finally we finish our Group A preview with defending champions Cuba. The Cubans are no strangers to the Caribbean Cup and also the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Although having mostly home grown talent they have qualified to the Gold Cup 7 times. They have made the quarterfinals of that competition on two occasions most recently in the 2013 edition.

The Cubans alongside Trinidad & Tobago are favorites to qualify, but with a host of talent the 2014 edition of the Caribbean Cup currently boast Group A will prove to be very exciting as the competition progresses.