Suriname has qualified for the Gold Cup for the first time. The team of national coach Dean Gorré won 1-2 in the night from Monday to Tuesday at Nicaragua and thus became the group winner in the CONCACAF Nations League.
That victory was more than enough for Suriname to claim first place in group D and to win a ticket for the Gold Cup of 2021. A draw had also been sufficient. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines finished second, ahead of Nicaragua and Dominica.
Nigel Hasselbaink made a major contribution to the narrow victory of Suriname in Nicaragua with a hit. The former attacker of Excelsior signed in the 53rd minute for the 0-2. The connecting goal followed seven minutes later, but the home team didn't get any further than that.
Hasselbaink only played his second international match for Suriname. It was recently announced that Dutch footballers of Surinamese descent can now play for Suriname without losing their Dutch nationality.
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Leerdam also wants to play for Suriname
The 28-year-old Hasselbaink immediately made use of it, while last week it was also announced that Kelvin Leerdam would like to play for Suriname. Players like Stefano Denswil, Sean Klaiber and Ridgeciano Haps would also be eligible.
Suriname is the eleventh country to qualify for the Gold Cup of 2021. Curaçao, one of those eleven countries, reached the quarter-finals of the final tournament for countries from North America, Central America and the Caribbean last summer.
The current structure of the Gold Cup has only existed since 1991. Before that, the tournament, which is held once every two years, went through life as the CONCACAF championship. Suriname took part in this in 1977 and 1985.