With the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup launch one week away, CONCACAF.com is taking a look at one of the 12 participants each day until July 7, when the competition kicks off at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey. Today, in the fifth of the series, we feature French Guiana.
Gold Cup Glance: French Guiana
Head Coach: Jair Karam (French Guiana)
Qualification Method: Third place, 2017 Scotiabank CFU Men’s Caribbean Cup
Previous Appearances: none
Best Finish: --
Current GC All-Time Ranking: --
Biggest Win: --
All-Time Leading GC Scorer: --
For good reason, French Guiana left nothing to chance in a bid to qualify for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Two years earlier, it appeared on the way to a remarkable achievement, defeating visiting Honduras, 3-1, in the first leg of a playoff for the last berth in the 2015 edition. When the sides met again four days later in San Pedro Sula, the host Catrachos roared to a 3-0 win and crushed French Guiana’s hopes of history.
There was no such drama in qualifying the 2017 Gold Cup as French Guiana sealed its place by advancing to the 2016/17 Scotiabank CFU Men’s Caribbean Cup semifinals.
In a final-four encounter against defending champion Jamaica, the Yana Dòkòs fell 4-2 on penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw. The side rebounded in the match for third place, topping host Martinique, 1-0. Sloan Privat struck for the only goal in the 74th minute, giving him a team-best four for the competition.
Privat’s other three goals came in a 5-2 win over host Haiti in a third-round encounter on November 9, 2016. A result that secured French Guiana’s first-ever Gold Cup berth.
French Guiana completed 2016/17 Caribbean Cup play with an overall record of 5W-1D-2L (16GF, 7 GA), scoring at least one goal in each of its eight matches.