Port-au-Prince.- Prior to starting their campaign for the 2018 Concacaf Nations League qualifiers, Haiti will play a full International friendly match against Argentina at the Estadio Bombonera in Buenos Aires on May 29.
For the Argentines, currently fourth in the FIFA World Rankings, the friendly will serve as their final preparation match ahead of their participation in the 2018 Russia World Cup.
As for Haiti, the game will be the best opportunity to warm up before the CNL, in which the top 10 teams qualify for the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup.
For the third time in history, Haiti will face Argentina.
Haiti head coach Marc Collat says he is already planning for the match against four-time FIFA World Player of the Year Lionel Messi and Argentina.
"We are only a few days away," said Collat. "We started to look at the national team because it will be composed with the backbone of the players who had played in Haiti's last matches against Japan (3-3) and the United Arab Emirates (1-0). However, we will have a much smaller group since it is a single match. For this international friendly game, I will call a group of 18 players. "
The contest will mark the third game between the two countries. Haiti and Argentina clashed for the first time on June 23, 1974, in the group stage of the FIFA World Cup Germany 1974. The Argentines won 4-1, with Emmanuel Sanon (63') scoring for the Haitians. The last match between the two countries dates back to May 5, 2010, when Argentina's Martin Palermo scored in a 4-0 shutout win for the Albiceleste.
Haiti will square off against Sint Marteen, Saint Lucie, Nicaragua, and Cuba in their Concacaf Nations League qualifiers.
HAITI SCHEDULED FOR CNL
2-09-2018 Haiti vs. Sint Marteen
7-10-2018 Saint Lucie vs. Haiti
11-11-2018 Nicaragua vs. Haiti
10-03-2019 Haiti vs. Cuba