Caribbean Premier Football League (CPFL) Launched

On Tuesday, May 2, 2015, the members of the Haitian Diaspora under the leadership of the Ministry of Haitians Living Abroad (MHAVE) have launched the Caribbean Premier Football League (CPFL). Robert Labrousse, the Minister of MHAVE, who was present during the inauguration ceremony, thanked the Haitian diaspora on their initiatives towards the country's rebuilding effort and for promoting harmonious social relations in the community through an entertaining mode like a football tournament. The minister conveyed his belief that this professional league will bring together all the son of Haiti around a common goal. We'll prove that we can promote our national sport through our talent and innovation. It will be a mean for both a recreational activity and source of income.


Georges Romanian, a citizen of the USA, is the founder of the league. He was accompanied to the ceremony by two old glories of Brazilian football, Elzo Coelho and Roberto Alagon. As per his statement, the main objective of the tournament is to promote Haitian football with the introduction of grass root level basic trainings. He has announced that there will be ten football teams to participate this tournament and these ten teams, affiliated with the CPFL, will be formed from eight different Haitian cities such as, Léogâne, Port-de-Paix, Saint-Marc, Fort Liberté, Jacmel, Port-au-Prince, les Cayes, Jérémie, as well as two teams playing in the United States, including Florida.

These teams will have responsibilities to build football schools and academies for Haitian children. Elzo Coelho, the former Brazilian footballer, while emphasizing the importance of basic training, has said "it is only when we start with the base; we can achieve results in the future."

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