Guatemala (host) and Costa Rica (holder) qualified automatically. For the remaining four places, three regional zones were announced: the North American Zone (Mexico and USA, one to qualify), the Central American Zone (El Salvador (host), Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama, one to qualify), and the Caribbean Zone (Cuba, Dominican Republic, Dutch Antilles, Haiti, Jamaica (host) and Trinidad & Tobago, two to qualify). A few months before the event CONCACAF revised the dates for the final tournament in Guatemala, bringing the tournament forward by one month. This left very little time to accommodate the qualifying rounds in the calendar which was already busy with World Cup qualifiers in the same period. In January several delegates from Caribbean countries met in Jamaica during World Cup qualifying matches held there, and cabled a proposal to CONCACAF's executive committee that: (i) Mexico and the USA should be added to the Central American Zone, with the top two countries in that zone to qualify, in order that all the qualifying process would be more balanced, and (ii) the final tournament in Guatemala would be put back to the original dates (25th April to 9th May) so that there would be sufficient time to play the qualifying zones. CONCACAF did not reply to this proposal, rejecting it implicitly, so Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and the Dominican Republic withdrew. The remaining teams in the Caribbean Zone (Haiti, Cuba, and the Dutch Antilles) were due to play a triangular in Curaçao beginning 14th March, but a few days beforehand it was announced by the Guatemalan hosts that visas would not be issued to the Cubans and that effectively Cuba would be excluded from participating in the finals. In light of this, CONCACAF's executive committee decided that Cuba should not participate in the qualifiers either, and thus Haiti and the Dutch Antilles qualified by default. In the North American Zone, the USA withdrew so Mexico qualified by default. In the Central American Zone, Panama withdrew and the other three teams played a triangular in El Salvador for the one remaining berth in the finals in Guatemala. Qualifying Tournament (in San Salvador) 7- 3-65 El Salvador 4-0 Nicaragua 11- 3-65 Nicaragua 2-0 Honduras 14- 3-65 El Salvador 3-1 Honduras 1.EL SALVADOR 2 2 0 0 7- 1 4 2.Nicaragua 2 1 0 1 2- 4 2 3.Honduras 2 0 0 2 1- 5 0 Final Tournament (in Ciudad de Guatemala) 28- 3-65 Guatemala 3-0 Haiti 28- 3-65 Costa Rica 6-0 Dutch Antilles 28- 3-65 Mexico 2-0 El Salvador 30- 3-65 Costa Rica 3-1 Haiti 30- 3-65 El Salvador 1-1 Dutch Antilles 1- 4-65 Guatemala 0-0 Costa Rica 1- 4-65 Mexico 5-0 Dutch Antilles 4- 4-65 Mexico 3-0 Haiti 4- 4-65 Guatemala 4-1 El Salvador 6- 4-65 Guatemala 3-2 Dutch Antilles 6- 4-65 Mexico 1-1 Costa Rica 8- 4-65 El Salvador 2-1 Costa Rica 8- 4-65 Dutch Antilles 1-1 Haiti 11- 4-65 El Salvador 3-1 Haiti 11- 4-65 Mexico 2-1 Guatemala 1.MEXICO 5 4 1 0 13- 2 9 2.Guatemala 5 3 1 1 11- 5 7 3.Costa Rica 5 2 2 1 11- 4 6 4.El Salvador 5 2 1 2 7- 9 5 5.Dutch Antilles 5 0 2 3 4-16 2 6.Haiti 5 0 1 4 3-13 1 WINNERS: MEXICO TOPSCORER: Ernesto Cisneros (Mexico) 5
Sources included: La Nación (Costa Rica), El Informador (Mexico) and El Imparcial (Guatemala).
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