Haiti’s World Cup 2023 fixtures, betting odds and statistics
How did Haiti qualify?
Haiti qualified via the CONCACAF W Championship, finishing third in Group A, below USA and Jamaica but above Mexico. This saw Haiti advance to the inter-confederation play-offs, at which they beat Senegal 4-0 in the first round and then Chile 2-1 in the final.
Haiti’s major tournament record
Best World Cup result: This’ll be their debut.
CONCACAF W Championship
Best CONCACAF W Championship result: semi-finals- 1991.
Haiti at World Cup 2023
After two dramatic victories in the inter-confederation play-offs back in February, Haiti will make their World Cup debut.
Earlier this year, les Grenadières were in New Zealand, dreaming of qualifying for the very first time, but not expected to achieve this.
In their semi-final tie, le Rouge et Bleu demolished Senegal 4-0, with Kethna Louis and Nérilia Mondésir on target before Roselord Borgella bagged a quick-fire brace.
Nevertheless, despite this emphatic victory, Haiti still went into their final clash with Chile four days later as massive underdogs.
That night though, Melchie Dumornay wrote her name into Haitian football history for ever, scoring twice at North Harbour Stadium as her team secured an historic qualification.
So, for the first time since the men’s team featured at the 1974 edition, Haiti’s flag will fly at a World Cup, so just how competitive will Nicolas Delépine’s team be?
Well, they’ve lost all four matches in the last 12 months against fellow-qualifiers, beaten 3-0 by USA, 4-0 by Jamaica, 5-0 by Portugal and then 2-1 when they took on Nigeria in April.
At this tournament, le Rouge et Bleu could be in for another humbling or two, taking on European Champions England in their group opener in Brisbane.
After that, Haiti will take on China in Adelaide and then Denmark in Perth and, without wanting to write them off before a ball is kicked, the Caribbean nation seem likely to head home without a point to their name.
Haiti team news
Goalkeeper Gabrielle Émilien and defender Amandine Pierre-Louis were both cut from the provisional roster on Tuesday 11 July, which isn’t too surprising given both are uncapped.
Centre-back Claire Constant, who started both play-off wins in February, is out injured.
Haiti′s key players: Melchie Dumornay
The hero of February’s inter-confederation play-off final victory over Chile is Melchie Dumornay.
She scored twice in that 2-1 win, her goals coming in first half stoppage time and then the eighth minute of injury time right at the end.
Still a teenager, the midfielder, known as ‘Corventina’, has scored seven times for her national team, doing so in just 13 caps.
Like many of Haiti’s best players, Dumornay plays her trade in France’s top-tier Division 1 Féminine.
She joined Stade de Reims two years ago, scoring an impressive 13 goals in just 21 appearances this season as les rouges et blancs finished seventh.
Only four players, all of whom are French, scored more Division 1 goals this season.
Dumornay was awarded the league’s player of the month in December, also making the five-player shortlist for both player of the year and young player of the year.
Haiti′s key players: Batcheba Louis
Can Batcheba Louis improve her impressive international goal-scoring record on the world’s biggest stage?
To date, the 26 year old has scored a frankly ridiculous 26 times for Haiti, doing so in just 20 appearances.
These though tend to come against CONCACAF’s minnows, bagging five in a 14-0 win over Aruba.
Subsequently, Louis bagged a hat-trick in a 13-0 victory over Grenada and six across two victories over U.S. Virgin Islands in 2018, with Haiti winning those matches 7-0 and 14-0.
Last year, she scored eight in four CONCACAF W Championship qualifiers, wins that got them to this World Cup.
For current club FC Fleury 91, who she joined 12 months ago, Louis scored nine times this season as they impressively finished fourth in Division 1.
Haiti′s key players: Nérilia Mondésir
Haiti’s captain is Nérilia Mondésir who, to date, has scored 21 time at international level, despite only having 14 caps to her name.
Last July, she netted in the CONCACAF W Champions win over Mexico, the victory that earned them a play-off place, before also scoring in the 4-0 drubbing of Senegal in February.
Thus, to say she’s played in integral role in getting les Grenadières to this World Cup would be an understatement.
At club level, she’s spent her entire senior career with Montpellier, scoring ten times for la Paillade this season.
If Haiti do score their first-ever World Cup goal, Mondésir could be the most-likely source of it.
Haiti′s possible starting line-up for World Cup 2023
Haiti′s full squad for World Cup 2023
|FC Miami City
|Little Haiti FC
|Stade de Reims
|Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns
|George Mason Patriots
|Stade de Reims
|GPSO 92 Issy
|Zenit Saint Petersburg