FORT-DE-FRANCE, Martinique – Martinique won the Scotiabank CFU Men’s Caribbean Cup for the first and only time in 1993, when it outlasted Jamaica in the final, 6-5 on penalty kicks, after a scoreless draw.
With a win at home over Curacao on Thursday night in the 2016/17 semifinals, it will have a chance to become only the third team to lift the trophy more than once.
Kevin Parsemain, arguably Martinique’s best-ever forward, believes his side is well-positioned for success. Through third-round play, Les Matinino is a perfect 6-0-0, scoring 17 goals and allowing only two.
"We are improving as a team" the 29-year-old Parsemain said. "If you look through the qualifiers, we only conceded 2 goals. We have been solid defensively. And, moving forward, we can be a threat.
“In order to repeat the story of 1993, we are going to need the support. We want to see the Stade Pierre-Aliker packed with blue and white. We are aiming for title number two in this competition."
By virtue of reaching the Caribbean final four, Martinique also earned a CONCACAF Gold Cup berth, it’s fifth and first in four years.
"I played for Martinique in the Gold Cup in 2013 and I must say we did well,” finished Parsemain, who scored against Mexico in that competition. “I think if we had a little more experience then we could have gone further, but, nonetheless, it was good.
“Now for 2017, I feel that we can get to the quarterfinals. That should be our goal for now. It won’t be easy, but we are confident of success this summer starting with the Caribbean Cup.”
In 11 all-time Gold Cup matches, Martinique has posted a 2W-2D-7L record.