PARAMARIBO, Suriname– After a summer in which the Haitian National Team was the revelation of the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup in reaching the semifinals, AS Capoise wants to continue things at the club level for Haiti in the 2019 Scotiabank Concacaf League.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference prior to the first leg of the 2019 SCL Preliminary Round versus SV Robinhood of Suriname in Paramaribo, Suriname, Capoise Head Coach Joseph Roudy stated that he wants his side to continue showing the rest of the region that Haitian football is on the rise.
“It is a joy for Haitian football for us to reach the Concacaf League and we are here to continue that journey,” said Roudy.
“The Gold Cup was successful and exciting for the Haitian national team and for Haitian football and the fans. We are hoping to continue this with a successful campaign in the Concacaf League. It's a great opportunity for us to achieve more success,” added Roudy.
Standing in Capoise’s way is a Robinhood side that defeated another team from Haiti, Real Hope, in a penalty shootout to reach the 2019 SCL.
Roudy is keenly aware of the threat posed by the Suriname club.
“We have not played Robinhood before but we know their qualities and we saw them in the Playoff in Jamaica. We have brought our strongest team in order to compete,” said Roudy.
Yet on Wednesday night, Roudy expects to see his players come out energized and ready to take the game to Robinhood.
“We came here with the intention to win and to play the kind of game that will be exciting and strong to give is the result. The players are hungry and they see this as an opportunity to play at a higher level and to experience a stronger and improved level of competition in Concacaf,” concluded Roudy.