GUADALAJARA, Mexico – You can’t make this stuff up.
Haiti started Friday afternoon’s Concacaf Olympic Qualifying Championship game against Honduras with only 10 players and a field player in goal.
The Caribbean side was forced to start without its full complement of players due to the team failing to meet COVID-19 protocols as set by the confederation.
The result was a 3-0 victory by Honduras in Group B at Estadio Jaslisco. Darixon Vuelto tallied twice to power the Central American side.
According to Concacaf, part of Haiti’s delegation arrived in Guadalajara, Mexico too late to conduct COVID-19 testing prior to the match. So, only those players and officials who complied with the competition’s testing regime participated in the game.
According to a story in the Haitian French-language newspaper Le Nouvelliste, one of the reasons why that transpired from Mexico refusing some Haitian players visas. Haitian players traveled din small groups and arrived here at different times.
That left the team without a full complement of players and as it turned out, not much of a technical staff, according to FS2 announcers.
As the game progressed, several Haitian players were cleared as they tested negative. Haiti’s regular goalkeeper, Alan Jerome, came on in the 22nd minute as the man he replaced moved to right back. There were no other names immediately available.
By then, the Hondurans had grabbed a 2-0 lead as Vuelto converted a penalty kick in the 14th minute.
Vuelto vaulted the Hondurans into the lead early on with a penalty conversion in the 14’ for a 1-0 advantage.
Four minutes later Edwin Rodriguez doubled the lead.
Vuelto found the net in the 38th minute after a slightly deflected cross from the right wing.
Canada played El Salvador in the second game of the doubleheader.
In what should be an intriguing battle, Honduras faces El Salvador Monday while Haiti takes on Canada.