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Zachary Herivaux on making Haiti’s national team and pride in his Haitian-Japanese identity

 

This summer, Haiti’s national football team pleasantly surprised the country and the rest of the world as they advanced to the semifinals in the CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament, getting the closest to playing in the finals than they have ever been in years. Each win against heavy hitters such as Canada, Costa Rica and Nicaragua, instilled more pride in Haitians and earned the team new fans in the sport. But unfortunately for those cheering them on, Haiti fell to Mexico last month, missing out on a chance to play in the finals. 

One of the bright spots on the team was Zachary Herivaux, the 23 year-old midfielder who qualified for the national team this year thanks to his dedication and raw talent. Pascale Mondesir spoke to him about what it was like to play for the Haitian team at such a young age, and what it means to him to represent the Caribbean country. 

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Pascale Mondesir is a New York-based reporter and profile writer. She graduated from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in May 2019 and looks forward to telling stories that capture all facets of the human experience. She was born in Brooklyn but is a Floridian at heart.
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Aug. 12, 2019