The sudden death by heart attack of army corporal Kevon Carter yesterday, has left members of the Defence Force football team reeling.
The 30-year-old Trinidad and Tobago midfielder Carter began suffering chest pains during a Defence Force training session yesterday morning. He passed away on the way to receiving treatment at the Cocorite Community Hospital of Seven Day Adventists. His death comes mere months after the passing of another national footballer Akeem Adams, who died on December 30, after initially suffering a massive heart attack in Hungary on September 25, 2013.
“I don’t know how to come to terms with this,” Defence Force assistant-coach Marvin Gordon told the Express yesterday. “He was not just a good player but also a good friend. I played alongside him when he was younger and I was one of the older players on the team.”
Former national midfielder Gordon said that Carter initially had a recurrent, but mild chess pain while training. He came off the field to rest, but the pain escalated. After taking a pain killer, Carter began vomiting all the water he had previously drank, and was then rushed to hospital by Army medics.
“The next call I got was that he had passed away,” Gordon said. Carter’s teammate, national forward Devorn Jorsling was equally devastated.
“This is something unbelievable to all of us right now,” he told TTFA media. “One minute Kevon was right there with us and then after we’re hearing he didn’t make it.”
Carter served the Defence Force for ten years and was an integral part of the team in the wide midfield position. Known for his pace, Carter also made 31 appearances for T&T, scoring five goals. He was a member of T&T’s squad at the 2013 Concacaf Gold Cup as well as the team that finished runners-up at the 2012 Caribbean Cup Finals. He attended Mucurapo Senior Comprehensive. Carter also had stints under Colombian Francisco Maturana and Hutson Charles, and just last year lined up for T&T during a 4-0 defeat to Romania in a friendly international played in Europe.
“Kevon Carter is irreplaceable,” Gordon declared. “ I said that when he broke his foot a few years ago, and I say that now. He was an inspiration to the team (Defence Force) when things were down and he was a leader both in the way he carried himself on and off the field.”
In a release yesterday, the local football governing body said: “The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association would like to extend deepest sympathies to the family of national men’s senior team player Kevon Carter, who passed away this morning at the age of 30.”
Gordon promised that Carter’s memory will be honoured by the Defence Force.
Also expressing his sympathy was Minister of Sport Anil Roberts who said: “It is extremely disheartening to hear this news but I hope it serves as a wake-up call to all of us to pay closer attention to our health and wellness. When death comes so suddenly, it is always shocking and difficult to understand but I hope Kevon’s family and friends will cherish the time he spent with them.”