While the Haiti amputee football team did not make it to the trophy presentation stage by the soccer ball, they did via the paint brush!
As a token of appreciation to the Mexico Cup of the Americas Organizing Committee and its principal sponsor Proan, Haitian amputee player and artist Francillon Chery presented a painting of the soccer practice venue to Proan founder Manuel Romo.
Dr. Fred Sorrells, manager of the Haitian team joined those on stage in applauding the art presentation. The Haitian team made a lasting impression on the host city by demonstrating their amputee skills for school groups and sharing their inspiration stories with local residents with disabilities. Well done, Team Haiti!
Haiti’s success in the first consolation round provided the opportunity to compete for the consolation trophy against El Salvador.
Playing under the beautiful Mexican sky and mild temperatures, El Salvador scored first. Haiti equalized the score and the half ended with the score tied.
The second half saw the experience of the El Salvador team pay dividends as they scored three goals in the second half. The final score was El Salvador 4 Haiti 1.
After the courtesy tour for the stadium crowd where the leg amputees tap their crutches over their heads, both teams gathered in a prayer huddle on the field – grateful to participate in the world’s fastest one legged game.
The first afternoon game of the tournament found the Haiti reserves playing against the recently formed national team from Costa Rica in the beautiful town of San Juan de Los Lagos, an hour’s drive from Guadalajara.
Haiti scored the first goal and lead 1-0 at the half. The Haiti squad found their rhythm in the second period scoring some beautiful goals.
The score was Haiti 5 Costa Rica 0.
On Wednesday night, Haiti played with zeal, determination and fair play against a very strong and disciplined national team from Mexico.
The host nation scored the first goal during the initial period, and the score remained 1-0 at the half.
Despite numerous on goal shots, the Haitian squad could not equalize the score. Mexico made a second goal late in the second period to win 2-0.
Despite its youth and inexperience, the Haitian team has drawn rave reviews from other delegations and spectators for its tenacity and speed. This bodes well for the selection of the next team for the World Cup of Amputee Football.
Haiti played a spirited game against a strong team from Columbia. Haiti scored first followed by three goals by Columbia. Late in the second period Haiti scored again, but came up short as Columbia won 3-2.