Trinidad and Tobago's Shahdon Winchester (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring against the United States during their 2018 World Cup qualifier football match in Couva, Trinidad and Tobago, on October 10, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Abraham Diaz
TT footballer Shahdon Winchester has been confirmed as a fatality in a vehicular accident on the South-bound lane of the Solomon Hochoy Highway, in the vicinity of Gasparillo, on Thursday morning.
This news was revealed in a Twitter post from the TT Football Association (TTFA).
The 27-year-old Winchester, who played for TT at all levels from Under-15 to the men's level, had 28 international caps since making his debut in July 2010, scoring six goals.
The former Naparima College striker was a member of W Connection and he had stints in Finland, Mexico and Azerbaijan.
No help from government Cudjoe to speak at Winchester’s funeral despite…
Shahdon Winchester. - THE Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs is unable to lend any form of assistance to the grieving family of deceased national footballer, Shahdon Winchester.
So says mother of the former TT striker Svetlana Winchester, who expressed disappointment and shock following two conversations with the ministry’s special advisor, Andre Ferguson. According to the Winchester matriarch, after her son’s passing on December 19, she received a call from Minister of Sport Shamfa Cudjoe, expressing her condolences.
Following their conversation, Winchester presented a letter to the sport minister and her ministry requesting use of the South Academy of Performing Arts (SAPA) for Shahdon’s funeral. Winchester was then contacted by Ferguson, on December 23, confirming that she was unsuccessful in her attempt to secure the venue.
It was during this chat, the grieving mother asked the ministry’s special advisor if there was anything the ministry would be contributing to aid with funeral arrangements. According to Svetlana, Ferguson declined. She then asked if it was possible to have a brief discussion with Cudjoe, to which Ferguson also denied.
Nevertheless, Svetlana persisted and again contacted Ferguson, on Monday,to see if there was a change of heart. However, she was again told there would be no assistance forthcoming, even though Cudjoe is scheduled to deliver an address at Shahdon’s funeral ,on Thursday, at Naparima Bowl, San Fernando.
“It’s costing a lot (of money) and based on the person that he was, we would have liked to give him a good send off. I’m a bit upset but I will do what I can for my child. To hear that the Ministry of Sport cannot assist in any way where the funeral is concerned, is a bit disappointing. We didn’t’ even get a box of Crix,” she said following a walkabout at Naparima Bowl on Monday.
Winchester admitted though, she does not want to make a big issue out of the situation. However, she questioned why the ministry would reject her requests after her son had served TT at almost every level of national football including being part of the Under-15, Under-17, Under-23 and the senior team.
She revealed though, financial aid was received from the TT Football Association while, family members were also “chipping up” to ensure Shahdon received a worthy send-off. His former club, W Connection and her employers at Eastern Credit Union have been significantly assisting with funeral arrangements. Even the Police band, according to her, has offered its services to help with music on Thursday.
“We are tight-knit family and is a love still. I’m still in shock with the ministry’s response. Even the people I talk to, even they can’t believe it. I have friends who are assisting and we will get it done somehow. The funeral is costing a lot but everyone knows what Shahdon did for his country,” she added.
Svetlana admitted, however, her grief has gotten worse as the days go by. Shahdon was the eldest of three siblings and also had a daughter, who according to Svetlana, is having some trouble sleeping without her dad at her side.
“The family is trying their best to keep me busy. It’s really hard. I’m in tears every ten minutes. After the final wake on New Year’s night, I get ready to send my child home the next day,” she concluded. 17 Hrs Ago Jonathan Ramnanansingh
Former national Under-17 football captain Roderick Anthony has become the second road fatality in Tobago for 2020. The 34-year-old from Buccoo, Tobago, is also the second W Connection player to have lost his life in a vehicular accident.
On December 19 Shadon Winchester, also of W Connection died in an accident with three of his friends on the Solomon Hochoy Highway in the vicinity of Gasparillo when the accident took place. Winchester was 27.
According to Police reports, the accident involving Anthony occurred around 2 am on Thursday morning just before the Buccoo Traffic Lights.
Guardian Media Sports understands that Anthony was a passenger in a silver Honda Civic vehicle driven by Keith Forde.
It is alleged that Forde hit a leaking WASA line, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle.
Anthony was thrown from the car and died on impact. Forde was rushed to the Scarborough General Hospital for treatment, his condition is listed as critical.
Both Anthony and Forde were returning from a wake held for Taury Ramsey, 20, the victim of this year's first road fatality. Ramsey died on New Year's day, near the Wilson Road Traffic Lights in Scarborough. He was returning from the Soca on the Sand fete held at Pigeon Point.
The former W Connection player also played alongside the likes of Kenwyne Jones, Marvin Phillip, Jan Michael Williams and Julius James among others. Roderick won three National Intercol titles with Scarborough Secondary, Naparima College and St Anthony's College.
Anthony was also the coach of Scarborough Secondary school under 14 and 16 teams that campaigned in the Secondary Schools Football League.
FOR the third time in just under eight weeks, the national football fraternity, particularly Naparima College and W-Connection, mourns another stalwart sportsman, this time, former striker Teba McKnight.
The 37-year-old two-time (1999-2000) Intercol winner died on Monday afternoon. He had been ill for some time. McKnight was a former TT youth team forward and also attended and played for George Mason University in the US.
He served as a TT Football Association (TTFA) elite programme youth coach and was also a youth technical director for the Central Football Association. The ex-striker previously plied his trade in TT for Joe Public, W Connection and Club Sando.
McKnight’s death sent shock waves throughout the TT football fraternity, especially at his alma mater, Naparima College. The talismanic forward will be remembered for leading his school team to back-to-back Intercol titles.
McKnight scored decisive, title-winning headers in both 1-0 victories against Princes Town Secondary (1999) and Mucurapo Secondary (2000) to hoist the league’s most coveted crown.
Against Princes Town, Leon “Police” Brown quickly converted a free kick in midfield which beat the defence and found a pressing McKnight, who headed over the opposing custodian to score the lone goal. That year, McKnight’s goal sealed Naparima’s triple crown of titles, after it had previously won the Secondary Schools Football League South Zone.
A year later against Mucurapo, in a match locked at 0-0 in the 91st minute, a young Jerol Forbes, later a national striker,was substituted to add firepower to Naparima’s attack. Forbes’ unstoppable pace allowed him to press down the right flank and launch a targeted cross into the penalty area, where a flying McKnight headed it home to send the travelling fans into a frenzy, grabbing their second consecutive National Intercol title.
Naparima College team manager Percy Samlalsingh, who attended “Naps” during McKnight and Anthony’s reign and also managed Winchester, reminisced about their illustrious careers.
“It’s another tough loss for us. From Shahdon (Winchester), to Roderick (Anthony) and now ‘Teba – three stalwarts in the football fraternity for Naparima College. They have all brought home a lot of silverware and glory.
“He was a big supporter even after he left Naps. He would scout talents for athletes to acquire sport scholarships in the US because he had good chemistry with both local and foreign coaches,” Samlalsingh explained.
He admitted he had been unaware of McKnight’s illness. However, in speaking to former team-mates on Monday, he learned he had been ailing for some time and had taken a turn for the worse.
“We didn’t know he was ill. He was always in contact with us, because he assisted us in securing sports scholarships for our athletes. We were actually holding discussions with him to come on board for our form one programme.
“We now extend our mourning from Shahdon, to Roderick and now to McKnight,” Samlalsingh concluded.
Former Malvern Sports Clubs football stalwart Michael Saldenha died on Thursday morning at his home in Morvant, Port-of-Spain. He was 75 years old.
Known fondly as Sally, the former Malvern midfielder, was a fitness fanatic and could be seen playing in the Queen's Park Savannah on a daily basis.
In his football career, Saldenha not only played for Mavern but also the Glory Guys football team which he captained and that team was coached by national hero Everard "Gally" Cummings.
He played at the recreation level for Third World in the Woodbrook Youth Centre and Ice Picks in the latter years of his career. Saldehna was a founding member of Ice Picks, a club that he was a member of until his death.
As a coach, Saldenha assisted Malvern and Malick Senior Comprehensive which was then coached by the legendary Kenneth Franco in the 1990s. He also assisted Jean "Jah" Lilywhite Coaching School.
The effervescent Sally, who worked at HE Robinson, the Government Printery, National Maintenance, Training and Security Company Ltd. (MTS), leaves to mourn his wife Brenda and children Michelle Terrelonge, Melissa Saldenha-O'Connor and Marlon Saldenha.
He was the brother of the late Guardian Newspapers photographer Noel "sally" Saldenha, Evelyn Saldenha, Yvette Saldenha and Robert Saldenha.