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Noel to get another eye surgery
Claude Noel, the country's
first World boxing champion,
faces another major bout in the
coming weeks, but it will be for
his comfort, rather than a title.
On Thursday medical officials will
tell him if his chances of another op-
eration on his right eye will be his best
option. Noel 68, has absolutely no
sight in his left eye after surgery eight
years ago and can only see images or
shadows in his right.
On Sunday he told Guardian Media
Sports that the surgery is intended
to make him see better. "I am a bit
concerned about the surgery because
it will be a 50-50 chance. The last
time I did a surgery like that was on
my left eye and now I cannot see in
it at all, but to tell you the truth, I
really would like to see better," Noel
He added, "It will depend on what
the doctors tell me on Thursday. If
they feel that I should do it after con-
sidering all the factors, then I will."
Noel's last surgery was done at the
North West Regional Health Author-
ity in Port-of-Spain, but he said he
will be doing his next surgery at the
Eastern Regional Health Authority
in Sangre Grande.
Noel, who resides in Malabar, Ari-
ma, shut to fame as a Lightweight
boxer when he won the World Boxing
Association (WBA) and Common-
weath titles in that division during
his career which spanned from 1973
to 1984. He defeated Mexican Elgato
Gonzales for the World Title in 1982.
Due to his condition, the former
boxer has been attempting to retrieve
monies owed to him in the sum of
$55,000 from the T&T Boxing Board
for work he did as an employee there,
many years ago.
He was initially owed $60,000 but
after his story was highlighted in the
media, he told us he was given a fur-
ther $5, 000. He said he has now giv-
en up hope of receiving the remaining
amount. He said he is now grappling
with concerns that an employee from
the Social Services of the Ministry of
Social Development has quit her job
to provide daily assistance to him.
The employee, whose name he
cannot remember, walked off the
job last year. "She was very useful to
me because she would prepare meals
for me as well as help me clean the
house. She also gave me my medi-
cation daily. She was appointed last
year but she left in December 2016
after we had a minor disagreement
and she said she could not work with
me again" Noel explained.
He is unsure if the ministry is
aware of her decision to quit but
said he needs someone to provide
similar services, as her exit has left
him paying a whopping $1,300 from
his pension to a helper monthly, an
amount he said he cannot afford
as his pension is already a small
"This is very difficult for me be-
cause I am not working and have been
dependant on my pension to survive,
so it's hard to give $1,300 from it
when it's already a small amount"
Noel said. Because of his failing sight,
he intends to visit the ministry to get
someone to help him again.
Noel's only comfort has been a
group of former boxers known as the
"Friends of Claude" that pays him
regular visits. The group comprises
Michael Paul, Isaac Thomas, Ralph
Peterkin, Ramsome Flemming, Mi-
chael Williams, Walter Peters, Keith
Aberdeen, Nathaniel Jones and Win-
ston Cox. They also supply him with
foodstuff when they can.
T&T, England in 3-3 beach soccer draw
T&T's Beach Soccer men
played to a creditable 3-3 draw
with England in the final match
of the Barbados International
Beach Soccer Showcase.
The trio of Kevon Woodley, Shal-
lun Bobb and stand-in captain Zane
Coker were the players on target for
T&T to end the three-match series
unbeaten following a 5-2 win over
Guyana on Friday and a 6-2 defeat
of host Barbados on Saturday.
The matches were part of coach
Benny Astorga's preparations for
the Concacaf Beach Soccer Cham-
pionship and World Cup qualifiers
in Bahamas later this month.
They kick off against Antigua/
Barbuda on February 19 at the Mal-
colm Beach Soccer Facility.
Commenting on his Facebook
page, Coker said, "Even though in
our hearts we know we deserved the
victory over England it wasn't meant
to be and that's how football goes
He added, "Playing without our
captain due to a minor injury in Sat-
urday's game I was called upon to
lead our team into battle. Another
obstacle crossed, another oppor-
tunity to represent the red/white/
black and another goal for my coun-
Coker also paid special thanks to
the Barbados Football Association
for making these games possible
leading into the World Cup quali-
fiers in Bahamas.
"Now it's back to the training pitch
over the next week to sharpen up for
the world cup qualifiers."
From Barbados, the team will
also visit Guadeloupe for another
training camp before heading to
Bahamas where they will come up
against USA, Antigua & Barbuda and
US Virgin Islands in Group C.
By virtue of hosting the tourna-
ment, the Bahamas will be the top
seed in Group A. The champion and
the runner-up will join Bahamas as
the three Concacaf representatives
in the Fifa Beach Soccer World Cup
Tournament host Bahamas, who
was seeded into Group A will face
Jamaica, Belize and Guyana.
In Group B, defending Concacaf
Beach Soccer champion Mexico was
joined by Guatemala, Canada and
Guadeloupe. El Salvador will be in
Group D with Costa Rica, Panama
and Turks & Caicos Islands.
T&T Beach Soccer Players #4 Shellun Bobb, #8 Jesse Bailey, #3 Kerwin
Stafford, #6 Ryan Augustine, at training on Maracas Beach.
PHOTO: COURTESY ALLAN V. CRANE FOR TTFA MEDIA
Former World Lightweight boxer
Claude Noel. PHOTO: WALTER ALIBEY
CONCACAF BEACH SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP BAHAMAS 2017
Group A: Bahamas, Jamaica, Belize, Guyana
Group B: Mexico, Guatemala, Canada, Guadeloupe
Group C: USA, T&T, Antigua & Barbuda, US Virgin Islands
Group D: El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama, Turks & Caicos Islands
T&T 15-man squad
Goalkeepers: Zane Coker, Victor Thomas
Defensive Players: Ryan Augustine (c), Shallun Bobb, Lemuel Lyons,
Wingers: Chad Appoo, Hakeem King, Shane Hospedales, Kerwin Staf-
ford, Kelvon Charles
Pivots: Kevon Woodley, David McDougall, Makan Hislop, Jared Bennett
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