T&T promoted to Concacaf Gold Cup Group Stage


The Trinidad and Tobago Senior Men’s National Team has been promoted directly to the 2023 Concacaf Gold Cup Group Stage after the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) lodged a successful complaint against the eligibility of a Nicaraguan Football Federation player who competed in 2022 Concacaf Nations League matches.

On 12 June 2023, the Concacaf Disciplinary Committee sanctioned the Nicaraguan Football Federation for severe violation to the applicable FIFA/Concacaf regulations by fielding an ineligible player in multiple matches in Concacaf competitions.

READ MORE: Concacaf Disciplinary Committee decision regarding Nicaragua and the Eligibility of Players

After a 1-1 draw between Trinidad and Tobago and Nicaragua on 27 March 2023 at the Dwight Yorke Stadium, Nicaragua finished at the top of Group C, in League B, and qualified automatically to the 2023 Concacaf Gold Cup and was promoted to League A for the 2023/2024 Concacaf Nations League.

However, Concacaf’s judgment now means Trinidad and Tobago, by virtue of being the team with the best second place overall finish of all League B teams in the 2022/2023 Concacaf Nations League, will replace Nicaragua in the 2023/2024 Concacaf Nations League A.

The other teams in Group A alongside Trinidad and Tobago are Panama, Guatemala, El Salvador, Martinique and Curacao.

Success in League A of the 2023/2024 Concacaf Nations League, which begins in September 2023, earns a team qualification to the 2024 Copa America, which will be held in the USA.

Trinidad and Tobago will now also replace Nicaragua in Group A of the 2023 Concacaf Gold Cup and will no longer be required to compete in the 2023 Gold Cup Prelims on 16 June 2023 vs Guadeloupe.

The Angus Eve-coached team will now kick off its 2023 Gold Cup campaign with the following schedule of matches:
• 25 June 2023: Trinidad and Tobago vs the Winner of Prelim #9 – DRV PNK Stadium, Fort Lauderdale – 3:30 pm
• 28 June 2023: Jamaica vs Trinidad and Tobago – CityPark, St Louis – 6:30 pm
• 2 July 2023: USA vs Trinidad and Tobago – Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte – 7:00 pm

Commenting on the latest development, TTFA General Secretary Amiel Mohammed stated, “This is extremely exciting news for Angus, the team and the entire country!”

“We would like to thank Concacaf for their efforts in investigating this matter with the urgency that they have and look forward to a really amazing next few months for the Senior Men’s Team. This is where we want to be and we encourage all fans and stakeholders, far and wide, to rally around the team.”

This is Trinidad and Tobago’s second consecutive appearance at the Gold Cup, having also qualified in 2021. (TTFA)

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