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Quick start a big key for Martinique in Nations League
Martinique´s Midfielder Stephane Abaul # 20 scored one goal in the victory over Cuba in Group A match of the Concacaf Gold Cup on June 19, 2019, at the Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado.
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MIAMI.- More games, more chances for success. Martinique is back in action much more quickly than usual, with the Concacaf Nations League giving Les Matinino something to play for between Gold Cup cycles - and it should only work out for their benefit.

Mario Bocaly’s team was in a difficult Gold Cup group, falling against North American rivals Mexico, which eventually won the title, and Canada. However, the 41-year-old coach will be eager to get going in CNL play, with a group featuring Honduras and Trinidad and Tobago still posing challenges but perhaps presenting more opportunity than this summer’s marquee tournament.

It’s not that Martinique had no success in the Gold Cup. Bocaly oversaw a victory against Cuba during the group stage, and his team clearly has several building blocks on which it can grow. There is a mix of veteran experience with up-and-comers, with players like 31-year-old Kevin Paresmain able to mentor domestic-based attackers such as Michael Biron, 21, and Johnny Marajo, 23. There’s similar diversity at the back, where Sporting Gijon defender Jean-Sylvain Babin forms part of the same unit as Jordy Delem of the Seattle Sounders and Jordan Thimon of Martinique power Club Franciscain.

Getting off to a good start will be critical for Bocaly and Co., with proceedings kicking off at Stage Pierre-Aliker before a trip to Trinidad and Tobago and later a visit to Honduras. They’ve been tough to beat and home. Finding continued success early in the competition, could make hosting Honduras on Nov. 14 in the final group match for the French colony could be the deciding match for the whole group. Either way, Martinique is finally getting more competition and more chances to show what it can do in Concacaf play. The best should still be yet to come.

 
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