Jamaica claimed their fifth regional title when they successfully retained the Digicel Caribbean Cup 5-4 on penalties over Guadeloupe at the Pierre Aliker Stadium in Fort-De-France, Martinique on Sunday. They played to a 1-1 result at full and extra time.
Omar Cummings of the Colorado Rapids gave Jamaica the lead in the 32nd minute and Guadeloupe equalised five minutes later through Loduvic Gotin, and despite creating the better of the goalscoring chances, Jamaica were never able to find the winner.
In the penalty shootout, Man-of-the-Match Rodolph Austin, Luton Shelton, O’brian Woodbine, Eric Vernan and Troy Smith were perfect for Jamaica. Gwada Boys, the nickname for Guadeloupe, placed themselves neck-and-neck in the shootout until their final strike which was side-footed wide of Dwayne Miller’s right hand post by towering defender Jean Luc Lamboude.
With the victory, Jamaica claimed the US$120,000 first prize, while Guadeloupe received the $70,000 runners-up cheque.
It was the first major trophy victory for head coach Theodore Whitmore, who achieved the unique feat of winning the Cup both as a player in 1998 and as coach.