Anthony Straker

Anthony Straker

by Michael Bascombe in Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, September 7, 2015 – Grenada is on the verge of exiting the Third Round of the FIFA World Cup Qualifying Tournament when it plays Haiti in the return leg in Port-au-Prince on Tuesday.

The Senior Men’s National Team arrived in the Haitian capital on Sunday evening after an overnight stop and brief scrimmage in Guadeloupe and will hold a full training session on Monday evening.

The ‘Spice Boyz’ have a difficult and less probable chance of qualifying to the next round following a 3-1 loss to the Haitians in St George’s last Friday.

They will need to score at least three clear goals to advance from this qualifying group and an optimistic coach Andrew Munro says it’s all about the players believing in themselves.

“This game is very important because now we find ourselves a bit behind,” he told GrenadaSports on Monday. “But we can do it, we just have to believe in ourselves but we know it won’t be easy.”

The team will be without defender Rohan George, who has been suspended by FIFA for a second bookable offence. George, who was cautioned in the first game against Puerto Rico in San Juan last June, also received a yellow card on Friday. Under new FIFA rules, a player receiving two cautions in two different matches of the same competition is suspended from the next match.

“It’s a must win for us to get through to the next round,” said vice captain Anthony Straker after a team meeting on Monday. “We have to go out there and give it our all and just make sure that we counter any attack that they have themselves.”

Haiti has a very good record playing at home and the odds are against Grenada in forcing an upset in Port-au-Prince. But Aaron Pierre, who made his international debut for Grenada last Friday, believes the national team is capable but it’s up to the players.

“We need to start off quickly and get early goals. The early goal gets us into the goal,” said the Wycombe Wanderers’ defender.

“I don’t personally don’t believe they are a strong side as we predicted. I think we made silly mistakes which cost us greatly because now are on the backfoot so we have make sure we start a lot stronger.”

The players also attended a medical session with Dr Francis Martin, who travelled with the team to Haiti.

Tuesday’s game is scheduled for Stade Sylvio Cator in Port-au-Prince, beginning at 7:00 p.m.


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