HAVANA, Cuba (January 24, 2016) – Cuba and Curacao advanced to the finals of the Caribbean Football Union Futsal Qualifiers while Trinidad and Tobago will battle for third place when the matches are staged on Tuesday.
Curacao defeated Trinidad and Tobago 3-2 on the final day of group play Sunday to book their spot in the finals. Trinidad and Tobago opened the scoring with an Ishmael Daniel conversion in the 14th minute. Jean Pauletta drew Curacao level in the 23rd and then sent them ahead with another strike in the 30th minute. Ashar Bernadus added a goal for Curacao in the 39th minute, which was enough despite Trinidad and Tobago's Jerwyn Balthazar scoring in the 40th minute.
Hosts Cuba qualified for the finals after defeating Jamaica 5-1. Two early strikes by Karen Morino and Ricardo Castillo in the 7th minute sent the Cubans ahead. Jhonnet Martinez added a third goal in the 18th minute of play. Castillo, with goals in the 10th and 17th minute, rounded off a hat-trick. While Kemel wolfe scored Jamaica's lone goal.
In an earlier encounter, Guyana defeated Antigua and Barbuda 3-2. Guyana’s goals came from Konata Mannings (4th), Travis Grant (17th) and Jermine Jeffrey (32nd). Eugine Kirwan (3rd) and Novel Francis Jr. (15th) were the goal-scorers for Antigua and Barbuda.
Guadeloupe would also grab a win over St. Maarten 6-3, with goals from Samuel Lantidor in the 1st minute, Mickael Burlet in the 4th and 38th minutes, Manuel Chaffort 11th minute, Ludovic Malacquis in the 19th minute, Yvan Chicate in the 15th minute and Benoite Lacazette in the 12th minute. For St. Maarten, conversions came from Raymond Wolff in the 4th and 38th minutes and Julius Richardson in the 9th minute.
The top two teams will advance to the CONCACAF Futsal Championship qualification while the winner of the third-place match moves on to a CFU-UNCAF play-off