Monday 06 August 2018, 17:12

Dumonay: We want to take the next step

  • Haiti suffered a narrow defeat in opening game

  • At just 14, Melchie Dumonay is the youngest member of the squad

  • All or nothing match against Nigeria is next

Haiti may have lost 2-1 to China PR in their opening match at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup France 2018, but their fans nevertheless celebrated as if they had just won, singing and dancing to the beat of the drums. The players were cheered as they left the pitch and their path to the team bus was lined with waving flags amid a jubilant atmosphere.

Haiti v China PR: Group D - FIFA U-20 Women's  World Cup France 2018 - Fans take selfies with Ruthney Mathurin of Haiti

Given that backdrop, Melchie Dumonay was almost able to smile despite the reverse. "Obviously it's disappointing to lose," she told "You play to win. We set out to defend well and we showed the world that we could do it."

"The crowd cheering us on was definitely a massive help," she said. "That will push us forward in our next match and help us achieve our objective. We want to reach the next round."

Not that Dumonay was giving anything away ahead of the next assignment. "I'm not going to reveal anything about our formation or tactics," she said with a grin. "We came here to take the next step. Our win against Canada [a surprise 1-0 victory in the play-off for third-place at the CONCACAF U-20 Women's Championship] was no accident. We're going into the match against Nigeria looking to win and stay in this tournament."

With the incredible support of their fans spurring them on, the Caribbean nation are capable of anything.

Haiti v China PR: Group D - FIFA U-20 Women's  World Cup France 2018 - Haiti fans cheer for the team in Saint-Malo