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Trinidad & Tobago, Suriname shine in CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers


Saturday’s second round of CONCACAF qualification for the 2026 FIFA World Cup saw all but one visiting team triumph, with Caribbean Football Union (CFU) No. 4 Trinidad & Tobago securing the biggest win.

Meanwhile, CFU No. 3 Curaçao and No. 6 Suriname also logged second successive wins. In contrast, CFU No. 21 Cayman Islands capitalized on home advantage to upset fifth-ranked Antigua & Barbuda, while Central American teams Guatemala and Nicaragua also secured easy victories.

AT THE SKNFA TECHNICAL CENTRE: Trinidad & Tobago (T&T) crushed The Bahamas 7-1 in their Group B match in Basseterre, St Kitts & Nevis. Malcolm Shaw and Duane Muckette led the charge with two goals each.

Shaw opened the scoring in the sixth minute, connecting on a service into the box from Muckette, and extended the lead with a diagonal strike in the 66th minute. Muckette scored twice inside the final five minutes of the first half, giving T&T a commanding 4-0 lead, following an Alvin Jones penalty in the 14th minute after a tackle on defender Triston Hodge.

Reon Moore scored his second goal in consecutive matches in the 56th minute, and Nathaniel James rounded out the scoring with a fierce goal in the 84th minute. The Bahamas’ Wood Julmis managed a consolation goal three minutes later.

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T&T will take a break on the final match day of this qualification window with four points in hand, while The Bahamas will face hosts St Kitts & Nevis on Tuesday at the same venue.

AT THE GUILLERMO PROSPERO TRINIDAD SPORTS COMPLEX: Second-half goals from Juninho Bacuna and Xander Severina secured a 2-0 win for Curaçao over Aruba in their Group C contest in Oranjestad.

Bacuna broke the deadlock in the 59th minute, finishing off a play inside the box from Jearl Margaritha. Severina secured the win with a goal deep in second-half stoppage time.

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Aruba will travel to Bridgetown, Barbados, to face St Lucia on Tuesday at the Wildey Turf, while Curaçao also takes a break.

AT THE RAYMOND GUISHARD STADIUM: Tyrone Conraad’s double helped Suriname to a 4-0 win against Anguilla in their Group F match in The Valley.

Conraad struck first in the 10th minute, connecting on a pass across the box from Jaden Montnor, and added another goal in the 76th minute with a header. Shaquille Pinas and an own goal from Anguilla’s Austin Steven rounded out the scoring.

Anguilla will travel to face Puerto Rico on Tuesday in Bayamon, while Suriname takes a break.

AT THE TRUMAN BODDEN SPORTS COMPLEX: Joshwa Campbell’s stoppage-time winner gave the Cayman Islands a confidence-boosting 1-0 victory over Antigua & Barbuda in George Town.

Campbell scored with a header after Trey Ebanks provided the cross, securing the win for the Caymans. They will travel to face Cuba on Tuesday in Santiago de Cuba, while Antigua & Barbuda takes a break.

AT THE A.O. SHIRLEY RECREATION GROUND: Guatemala defeated the British Virgin Islands 3-0 in their Group E match in Road Town, Tortola.

Oscar Castellanos opened the scoring in the 23rd minute with a right-footed blast, followed by Rubio Rubin’s goal, his second in as many matches. Jose Pinto scored from the penalty spot in the 47th minute to seal the win.

The British Virgin Islands will visit the Dominican Republic on Tuesday, while Guatemala takes a break.

AT THE FFB STADIUM: Bancy Hernandez scored twice as Nicaragua defeated Belize 4-0 in their all-Central American clash in Paramaribo, Suriname.

Hernandez opened the scoring in the 40th minute and earned a penalty converted by Juan Barrera in the 56th minute. Hernandez added his second goal in the 65th minute, and Jaime Moreno converted a second penalty in the 89th minute to complete the rout.

Nicaragua leads the group with two wins and will take a break, while Belize will face Guyana on Tuesday at the Wildey Turf in Barbados.

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