Mexico City / 03.07.2021 20:36:22
The selection of Cuba, who was originally going to face his French Guiana counterpart in Florida, has been withdrawn from the Gold Cup after having problems with visas of the players and being stranded in Nicaragua.
According to a statement issued by Concacaf on its official website, the Cuban team was ruled out of the competition due to poak forests with the visas of the players to enter the United States.
“Unfortunately, Due to travel issues related to covid-19 and their visas, and the required covid-19 testing regimen, tonight’s match against French Guiana will not take place. Given the current public health situation and the constant need to comply with protocols, the health and safety of the participating teams cannot be compromised. French Guiana will advance to the second round of the preliminaries and will face Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday, July 6, 2021, “Concacaf wrote on its official website.
Cubans waited until the last minute in Nicaragua to see if the situation could be resolved; However, seeing that it had not been solved, Concacaf decided that French Guiana – which is not affiliated with FIFA – would advance to the next round.
The second phase of the preliminary round will be played on July 6, and the winner of each of the three matches will advance to the group stage of the Gold Cup which will be played from July 10 to August 1.
The teams classified to the group stage are those of Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica, Curaçao, El Salvador, United States, Grenada, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Panama and Suriname. In addition, the representative of Qatar has been invited to the tournament as the current champion and representative of the Asian Football Confederation.