We were robbed —Trinidadian

Date Published: 
1973-12-20
Source: 
Jamaica Gleaner
Page: 
14

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, Dec. 19 (Reuters):

HAITI set their sights today on the Munich World Cup after winning the six-nation qualifying tournament here for the North American, Central American and Caribbean zone.

The Haitians lost 1—0 to Mexico last night but they had already earned the right to travel to Munich even before they entered the pitch in the final match of the tournament.

Claude Legros one of the Haitian trainers, told reporters: "our qualification in the World Cup is the most important date in our history, after our independence."

But Trinidad nad Tobago who finished second, were the heroes of the tournament.

They eliminated Mexico by winning 4—0 and could have beaten Haiti if four of their goals had not been disallowed by the referee in a controversial decision. Haiti beat Trinidad 2—1.

Four Trinidad players — Kelvin Barclay, Everard Cummings, Steve David and Warren Archibald — were in the "ideal team" drawn up by sports writers who covered the tournament.

David, a 22-year-old policeman, was the tournaments highest scorer with six goals.

"I am sure we would have won the tournament if not for a thieving referee who disallowed four of our goals against Haiti," he said. "We were robbed."

The sportswriters also named Trinidad the best side in the Tournament, and Trinidad's Kevin Verity the best trainer.

STANDINGS:

(Matches played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, against, points) were:

                     P W D L  GF GA  P.
Haiti                5 4 0 1   8  3  8
Trinidad and Tobago  5 3 0 2  11  4  6
Mexico               5 2 2 1  10  5  6
Honduras             5 1 3 1   6  6  5
Guatemala            5 0 3 2   4  6  3
Dutch Antles.        5 0 2 3   4 19  2