Following are some reactions from the football fraternity following the sudden death of Defence Force and Trinidad and Tobago player Kevon Carter.
TTFA President Raymond Tim Kee —“No words can really describe how we feel about the death of another one of our sons, a young man who was vibrant and was a valuable member of our country’s national team.
“I was indeed very shocked when I received the news earlier today and this will be a most difficult period for his family, his teammates, his friends and we must support them in whatever way possible. Losing someone, especially in such circumstances is never something that is easy to handle. His family and everyone else close to him are our thoughts and prayers.”
National coach Stephen Hart— “Kevon will be a definite loss on and off the field. He’s been in my squad going back to the Gold Cup last year and of course over a period of time dealing with players, you get to know them better and this is indeed very sad and sudden loss for us.”
Former national coach and player Russell Latapy—“I would like to express condolences to his family and friends. I got the news in Scotland just after midday and it was fact a shocker for me. He was a player at the time with great potential and lots of pace. He will definitely be missed.”
Carlos Edwards, former Defence Force player and T&T veteran—“It’s unbelievable to me at this time. Another Defence Force player and teammate who I enjoyed being around and playing with. I cannot begin to imagine what everyone close to him may be going through right now. It shows us that life is precious on and off the football field. He got into difficulty doing what he loved most and we have to remember him for what he was.”
Selby Browne, vice president, Veteran Footballers Foundation of Trinidad and Tobago (VFOTT)—“What sad news. This is horrible.
As vice president of the VFFOTT, I call for full medical tests for all footballers selected to national training squads, with immediate effect (juniors and seniors, male and female).
All Associations, Zonal, Tobago and the Secondary Schools League, must also implement immediate full medical tests for all footballers participating in their Leagues.
I also call for the TTFA to immediately have medical insurance coverage for all footballers registered to participate in leagues conducted by member Associations.
We extend our sympathy to the family of young Kevon Carter, residents of his community, Ross Russell and the footballers and members of Trinidad and Tobago and Defence Force.”
Funeral arrangements will be announced in due course.