The qualifying stages for November’s Caribbean Cup ended in chaos.
The qualifying for the Caribbean Cup ended on Sunday with both St. Kitts and Nevis and French Guiana seemingly mistaken about whether or not they had qualified.
The tournament is a bi-annual international competition for Carribean-based countries. It doubles as a qualifying tournament for the CONCACAF region’s Gold Cup. The round-robin qualifying rounds ended on Sunday night, with the confusion arising from Group 8.
Firstly, St. Kitts claimed they had failed to qualify:
Then French Guiana claimed they had progressed:
The confusion arises because the Caribbean Football Federation never officially published the rules for 2014. In both 2010 and 2012 they used head-to-head results before goal difference. CONCACAF also uses head-to-head as the determiner in all it’s tournaments. St. Kitts beat French Guiana 2-1 on October 10th and many onlookers now believe the tiny island nation has in fact qualified.
As the saying in the region goes – ‘you’ve been CONCACAF’d’.