Hur­ri­cane Matthew forces CFU post­pone­ments

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

KINGSTON, Ja­maica (CMC): THE THIRD-ROUND match be­tween Ja­maica and Suri­name in the men’s Caribbean Cup has been post­poned be­cause of safety con­cerns re­gard­ing Hur­ri­cane Matthew, of­fi­cials have an­nounced.

De­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Ja­maica were due to host Suri­name at the An­thony Spauld­ing Sports Com­plex in Kingston to­day.

But a state­ment from the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) an­nounced a post­pone­ment as Matthew, a Cat­e­gory Four storm, threat­ened.

CFU says it is also mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion in Haiti and will make a fi­nal de­ter­mi­na­tion on that coun­try’s sched­uled en­counter with French Guiana, also carded for to­day, at Stade Sylvio Ca­tor in Port-au-Prince.

Me­dia re­ports in Haiti say at least two peo­ple have died as a re­sult of the heavy rains from the outer bands of Hur­ri­cane Matthew that drenched Ja­maica and Haiti on Mon­day, flood­ing streets and send­ing many peo­ple to emer­gency shel­ters.

Hur­ri­cane Matthew, a Cat­e­gory Four storm, slammed into Haiti’s south­ern coast yes­ter­day morn­ing bring­ing dev­as­ta­tion and killing at least two per­sons.

CFU says all other matches for to­day will pro­ceed as planned.

An­tigua and Bar­buda are away to Cu­raçao and Trinidad and Tobago will host the Do­mini­can Repub­lic.

The top four teams emerg­ing from Round three will qual­ify to the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, while the fifth-placed team will ad­vance to a play-off against a team from UNCAF in a bid to earn a Gold Cup berth.

Last year, for the first-ever time, four Caribbean teams – Cuba, Haiti, Ja­maica and Trinidad & Tobago – ad­vanced past the Gold Cup’s group stage.

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