Construction planned for Haiti’s second major soccer stadium

by Tate Watkins

Boby Duval watches kids practice soccer at L'Athletique D'Haiti. Photo by Tate Watkins/flickr/cc.

“You know, the kids don’t come for training soccer,” says Boby Duval, who has trained more than 6,000 players at soccer training academy
 L’Athletique D’Haiti since 1994. “They come for the meal you give them.”

The former professional soccer player has no illusions about the realities that help draw trainees to his academy, but he hopes a new project will improve upon and expand the reach of his operations. Later this year, construction will begin on 
Phoenix Stadium in Cité Soleil, near the site of L’Athletique D’Haiti.

“This is like a dream come true,” 
Duval recently told
 The New York Times. “This project will change people’s lives. I started this 18 years ago when I came back to Haiti from college in the States.”
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