FORMER Trinidad and Tobago captain Kenwyne Jones will come out of retirement for Friday’s “Football for a Cause” flood relief charity match, to be hosted by national senior men’s head coach Dennis Lawrence and friends.
The match is set to take place at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain, from 7.30 p.m.
There is no set ticket purchase option or admission fee for the event. Fans are simply asked to contribute whatever they can upon their entry to the stadium, be it canned goods and other relief items or assistance in cash.
Persons can also drop off items at all Healthnet Locations nationwide - at Saddle Road in Maraval, Eastern Main Road in Barataria, Eastern Main Road in Tacarigua, Munroe Road, Cunupia, JTA Plaza in Couva and at South Coast on Princess Margaret Street in San Fernando - as well at Lounge 63 on Ariapita Avenue or at the TTOC headquarters.
Several of this country’s top national team players of the past as well as guest personalities have made themselves available to participate in the match. These include former England Premier League and Sunderland striker Jones and other former United Kingdom-based players, including Lawrence, Stern John, Arnold Dwarika, Clayton Ince, Clint Marcelle and former St Lucia international Earl “Ball Hog” Jean.
Other top former players included are Cyd Gray, Gary Glasgow, Ansil Alcock, Anthony Wolfe, Wesley Webb, Kevin Ollivierre, Russell Munroe, Adarryl John and Keyeno Thomas. The 1989 Trinidad and Tobago national team, the “Strike Squad,” is well represented by former captain Clayton “JB” Morris, goalkeeper Michael “Brow” Maurice, Floyd “Ninja” Lawrence, “Marvellous” Marvin Faustin, Larry Joseph, Hutson “Baba” Charles, Kerry Jamerson and Brian Williams.
Also in the line-up will be some of the country’s women footballers including Tasha St Louis, Mariah Shade, Janine Francois, Ayanna Russell and Karyn Forbes, as well as netball personalities Anika La Roche-Brice, Tia Bruno, Fiona Holder and Sue Anne Cordner, and cricketer Kevon Cooper.
Other local sporting bodies have also accepted the invitation to join in support, including the T&T Cricket Board, the NAAA, the Amateur Swimming Association, the Rugby Football Union, the Netball Association and the Volleyball Federation.
MX Prime and Ultimate Rejects are also on board to provide entertainment on the night.
Former Trinidad and Tobago top-scorer John, currently an assistant national team coach, said: ”The response has been very encouraging so far. It’s all for a great cause and we’re gathering any amount of support that we can to reach people as far and wide as possible. I know a lot of the guys are really looking forward to the event and the match to come out and put on a good show of football and humanity for our fellow citizens.”