The Haitian dream that their team of part-time professional footballers, who get about GBP 135 (300 U.
The Haitian dream that their team of part-time professional footballers, who get about GBP 135 (300 U.S. dollars) a month for their football, could first taken on World Champions Brazil and then make a name for themselves in the World Cup finals in Munich, faded under the floodlights in Brasilia in the World Cup finals in Munich, faded under the floodlights in Brasilia on Sunday (21 April).
The Haitians, half of whom are reported to practice voodoo, had no answer to the Brazilians football magic -- and lost by four goals to nil.
Only Haiti's goalkeeper Francillion stopped the final score from being nearer 10.
The Haitians spent most of the game in their own half and the Brazilian goalkeeper did not have one shot to save throughout the 90 minutes.
It was a result that must have greatly disappointed Haiti's keenest football fan, President Jean-Claude Duvalier son and heir of the notorious Haiti dictator Papa Doc Duvalier.
Every week the Football coach Antoine Tassy is driven to the Presidential Palace to make his report to 22 year old Jean-Claude on the progress of the team's wold Cup preparations.
On 5th May the Haitians appear in Belfast to play Northern Ireland in a friendly game.
And then on 15 June the footballers of Haiti -- Central America's representatives in the finals -- take on Italy, beaten by Brazil in the 1970 World Cup Final.