Bahamas Wins Group F of Caribbean Qualification Tournament


Host team Bahamas trounced the U.S. Virgin Islands, 6-1, to win the Caribbean Group F Qualification for the CONCACAF Under-23 Tournament.

The victory coupled with the last-minute withdrawal of the British Virgin Islands gave the Bahamas first place in the triangular and advanced them in the Caribbean Second Round next month.

Elsewhere in Caribbean Qualification, Trinidad & Tobago and Guyana triumphed over the Netherlands Antilles and the hosts, Surinam, respectively, in Group A at the Dr. Ir. Franklin Essed Stadium in Paramaribo Sept. 2.

Trinidad & Tobago and Surinam opened Group A on August 31 in Paramaribo with victories against Guyana and Netherlands Antilles, respectively.

Group A concludes at the Dr. Ir. Franklin Essed Stadium with Guyana taking on the Netherlands Antilles and then Surinam facing Trinidad & Tobago.

The winner of Group A will join the Bahamas along with four other Caribbean group victors in the second round that consists of two three-team groups scheduled to play in October. The top finishers in each triangular group will progress to the 2008 CONCACAF U-23 Championship.

Elsewhere, the Men’s U-23 Central American Preliminary Qualification will have two groups of three with Panama hosting El Salvador and Honduras and Guatemala welcoming Costa Rica and Nicaragua in November.

The winners of each triangular will advance to the CONCACAF Men’s U-23 Championship along with two Caribbean teams, Canada, Mexico and the United States. The two second-place finishers from each Central American Triangular will meet in a home-and-away playoff series with the winner also progressing to the CONCACAF U-23 Championship, where two teams will qualify to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

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