Members of the Haitian amputee soccer team posing for a team picture. Photo credit: Haiti Football of Amputees

SAN JUAN DE LOS LAGOS, Mexico — Haiti’s amputee soccer team’s coach Rochenel Pierre calls Saturday’s upcoming game versus the United States a “life or death” battle. Through this game, he explains his view, Les Grenadiers could qualify for the World Cup and that would show Haiti in a positive light.

“We want to let them know that Haiti is more than [politics],” Pierre said, speaking by phone from Mexico ahead of the Mar. 19 match. “That’s our main motivation. We have a lot of positive things there.”

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Onz Chery is a Haiti correspondent for The Haitian Times. Chery started his journalism career as a City College of New York student with The Campus. He later wrote for First Touch, local soccer leagues in New York and Elite Sports New York before joining The Haitian Times in 2019.