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National midfielder Keron Cummings,
27, was shot and wounded yesterday by
a masked gunman, moments after he
returned to his home from a boat cruise
Cummings team co-manager David
Muhammad strongly believes the act may
have been committed under envy and is
therefore calling for the police to thor-
oughly investigate the incident "leaving
no stone unturned."
"It seems as though the sole intention
was to injure Keron in such a way to ruin
his career because Keron has been top of
his game more recently," Muhammad said.
"It is clear that if the gunman really
wanted him dead he would have shot him
in the head or upper part of the body but
he aimed for his leg. And, this of course,
is a scary situation," he added.
Cummings, 27, will definitely miss the
Copa América Centenario qualifying play-
offs against Haiti on January 8 in Panama
City, Panama. Cummings was due to start
training with the national team at 6 pm
at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port-
of-Spain, yesterday, ahead of the Copa
According to a police report, at about
2 am Cummings was dropped off near
Bagatelle corner in Diego Martin by a
close female friend when he was
approached by a masked gunman, who
shot him in the leg before running off.
Cummings, who also plays for the
North East Stars, was taken to the Port-
of-Spain General Hospital treated and
subsequently warded. According to hos-
pital officials, Cumming s bone has been
He is due to undergo surgery later today.
An investigating officer said there were
no signs of robbery as the motive.
Muhammad said that he, along with
several other teammates, have visited
Cummings at hospital.
"Keron is struggling to come to terms
with this. We all are because this have
left all of us in shock," Muhammad said.
"Some of us are wondering what are
the possible risks now especially if that
individual (the perpetrator) is still at large
and maybe targeting other top players
because we still do not know for sure if
it is a personal issue or an envy thing.
Keron was really in top form. That is why
we really want the police to launch an
intensive and extensive investigation into
this," he added.
Muhammad said he already spoke to
investigating officers and intend to keep
in constant contact with them.
Soca Warriors Manager, William Wal-
lace said that he was saddened over the
incident and wished Cummings a mirac-
ulous speedy recovery.
Cummings was one of the players, who
had threatened not to play in the playoff
against Haiti but decided to go ahead
with the game since they had successfully
negotiated for match fees owed to them
for the Concacaf Gold Cup, an Interna-
tional Friendly against Nicaragua and two
World Cup qualifiers against Guatemala
and the United States.
Cummings scored two goals this year
against Mexico in an International Friendly
Investigations are continuing.
Business and finance experts are not surprised
by Standard and Poor s (S&P) downgrade of T&T
from stable to negative.
On December 24, the rating agency made its
announcement that it was downgrading T&T.
The agency had said: "The change in outlook to
negative from stable reflect an, at least one-in-three
chance that prolonged low energy prices and poten-
tially poor GDP growth prospects could result in a
steadily rising debt burden, leading to a downgrade
in the next two years."
In an interview yesterday, former energy minister
Conrad Enill said he was not surprised by the down-
grade. He said once the energy prices were no longer
at the high level that they were at, then T&T would
have expected a downgrade. He added that govern-
ment s expenditure had not changed but revenues
Enill suggested that: "Despite the fact that you
have less revenue from the oil companies, the Gov-
ernment has decided to maintain the current level
of expenditure at will, and fill the gap between income
and expenditure by borrowing, selling and a couple
other things. As far as internally is concerned, it is
business as usual."
He said one of the challenges ahead was the sat-
isfaction of demand for US currency because if the
demand remained high and the revenues from the
energy sector were low they might not be able to
fulfil that demand.
The rating agency s downgrade came ahead of
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley s address to the
nation tomorrow. And stating his predictions about
what the Prime Minister would say to the nation,
Enill said the changed conditions in T&T s economy
would be one of the items on the agenda.
"We need to get more efficient as a society, the
way in which we use the resources have to change.
We can no longer go after consumer spending, in
the manner in which we had grown accustomed. We
basically have to look at using the dollar for investment
and savings. And waste wherever it exists cannot be
Enill added that if the Prime Minister makes his
address around the points he highlighted, it means
that the population would have to re-think how it
does business. A devaluation is "madness" and would
not be a prudent move, Enill said.
"The Government does not get up one morning
and decide that it would devalue...the whole question
of a devaluation or talk of a devaluation should really
not be on the agenda. What should be on the agenda
is how we use the resources we currently have, to
create more value and at the same time, to recognise
that if we do not become more productive we would
be pricing ourselves out of the international market
where we expect to trade with other countries."
Business sector not
surprised by downgrade...
'T&T needs to get
Someone wanted to
ruin Keron's career
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