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Haiti advance to next stage of CONCACAF qualifying process for Tokyo 2020

By Dan Palmer From Inside The Games

Haiti reached the next stage of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) qualifying process for the Tokyo 2020 men’s Olympic tournament after a 2-2 draw with Cayman Islands.

The result meant Haiti finished at the top of the three-team Group C which was hosted by the Caymans at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex in George Town.

They ended with four points after beating Grenada 2-0 in their first match.

Grenada, who saw off the Cayman Islands 1-0, needed a favour from the hosts today to have a chance of going through but their hopes were dashed.

Haiti will now face Group B winners Barbados in a Caribbean area play-off, with the victors of that tie earning a spot among the final eight countries at the CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship.

Group A winners St Kitts and Nevis will play Group D winners Dominican Republic in the other play-off, with dates for these matches yet to be confirmed.

In Central America, Costa Rica, Honduras and El Salvador have all reached the CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship after coming through two-leg contests.

Regional powerhouses United States, Mexico and Canada have been given automatic places in the final eight tournament which will qualify two sides for Tokyo 2020.

Dates and a venue for this event have yet to be confirmed.

Men’s football at the Olympics features under-23 teams although three overage players are allowed.

Mexico and Honduras represented CONCACAF at Rio 2016.

Honduras finished fourth to narrowly miss out on the country’s first Olympic medal.


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