AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - 2023/02/22: Haiti National Women's soccer team pose for a photo during the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 Playoff game between Chile and Haiti held at the North Harbour Stadium. Final score Haiti 2:1 Chile. (Photo by Luis Veniegra/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

FIFA Women's World Cup 70 Day Countdown: Day 8 - Haiti Snapshot

As we enter day eight of Edge of the Crowd's electrifying 70-day countdown to the highly anticipated 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup, we're diving headfirst into a whirlwind tour of the fierce and fabulous teams gracing this year's tournament.

Join us on this journey as we dish out the inside scoop on each squad's strengths, weaknesses, players to keep an eye on and what a pass mark might be for each nation.

Next up, we have World Cup debutants from Group D, Haiti.

FIFA Women's World Cup appearances: 0

Best Performance in a FIFA Women's World Cup: N/A

Players to Watch

Unquestionably the shining star of Haitian football, it was Melchie Dumornay's pair of goals that propelled Haiti to its historic qualification for this tournament. Powerful and swift, the 19-year-old could attract interest from top-tier clubs with a commendable performance in Australia and New Zealand this winter.

Roselord Borgella has showcased her flexibility across her club career, although she predominantly features upfront when donning her country's blue jersey. With a solid record of seven goals in 21 appearances for her nation, Borgella will be crucial if Haiti intends to spring any surprises.

Attacking midfielder Batcheba Louis is an integral part of Haiti's occasionally extraordinary attack. If things align for her and her striking teammates, anticipate some spectacular action. Performing superbly for Division 1 Féminine team Fleury 91, Louis has been instrumental in their rise in the league this season.

2023 form

Haiti is enjoying a decent run leading up to this tournament. Les Grenadières emerged victorious in their two inter-confederation playoffs to secure a place in the Cup. Haiti's campaign started with a comfortable 4-0 triumph over Senegal and was followed by a tense 2-1 win against Chile, confirming the team's place in Australia and New Zealand in July.

Subsequently, Haiti suffered a 2-1 defeat to Nigeria in a friendly match, and most recently brushed aside a weaker Moldovan team 3-1.

Strengths and Weaknesses

Strengths: The Haitian lineup boasts a cluster of skillful attackers, whom have been highlighted above, capable of finding the net against any opponent. Their contributions will be paramount to Haiti's World Cup journey. Haiti is also recognised for its robustness. The team don't shy away from a tough challenge, matching the physical intensity of the world's elite teams.

Weaknesses: Haiti is comparatively youthful and green. Many of the squad members are yet to experience a major tournament and will need to acclimate to the pressure of World Cup football. A broader concern is the scarcity of funding. The Haitian Football Federation, being among the less affluent, will continue to constrain the team's development prospects.

Pass mark

World Cup debutaunts Haiti has not been dealt a kind draw. In the nation's first Women's World Cup finals campaign, Haiti has found itself drawn alongside European Champions England, and two sides inside the top 20 of the FIFA World Rankings in Denmark and China.

With this information in mind, it is best to keep expectations low. A goal would be nice, a point would be nicer, and, with a win highly unlikely, any appearance after the group stage a miracle.

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - 2023/02/22: Roselord Borgella of Haiti National Women's soccer team reacts during the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 Playoff game between Chile and Haiti held at the North Harbour Stadium. Final score Haiti 2:1 Chile. (Photo by Luis Veniegra/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

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