DENVER, Colorado – Martinique’s 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup got off to a frustrating start with a 4-0 loss to Canada.
In particular, it was not up to the usual high standards of FW Kevin Parsemain. The dangerman for Les Matinino took the Gold Cup by storm two years ago with three goals in the group stage, but on Saturday Parsemain was unable to convert several scoring chances.
Such is life for a top-level striker. Parsemain knows there are days when things go right and then others when things go wrong. But make no mistake; Parsemain’s confidence is well intact and he expects a much better night on Wednesday against Cuba.
“It’s not the first time I’ve had a tough night, I just know I can score goals,” said Parsemain in an exclusive interview with Concacaf.com.
“It’s my job. My teammates bring me some chances and it wasn’t my night but maybe Wednesday I will score the only goal and we will win. I have to stay focused on my job. I don’t have to think too much. I’m 31. I have been through some difficult moments and this was one but I know I will bounce back,” added Parsemain.
Despite the defeat, Martinique still knows it can put itself in a good position to reach the quarterfinals with wins over Cuba on Wednesday and then against Mexico in the group stage finale.
“We made some individual mistakes and it broke things. I think we will focus on what we did well. We had chances, we have to finish, I have to finish. Sometimes football is tough, it was a tough night but we showed that we could play and now we have to be stronger to have a good squad at the end,” concluded Parsemain.