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Lara dedicates today's T20 match to Sabga, Anderson
Assistant Sports Editor
Champion batsman Brian Lara
will commence his community
T20 cricket tour this afternoon
at the Barataria Oval Ground,
Barataria, from 5 pm.
The batting superstar is using
the sport and skills he knows best
to reach out to the young people of
T&T and he promised that he will
do it community-by-community to
send his positive message.
Lara and several of friends will take
the field out at 78 Sparrow Avenue,
alongside the like of West Indies
Test batsman Darren Bravo, former
Test players Dinanath Ramnarine,
Denesh Ramdin, who is the T&T
captain, pace bowler Fidel Edwards
and others like Kevon Cooper, Lin-
coln Roberts, the hard hitting Kirk
Edwards and his good friend Dwight
Yorke, who will be part of the event.
He said yesterday, "I will be dedi-
cating my fist game of this Island---
wide Tour to two of my best friends in
sport that recently passed---Mr John
Sabga and Mr Scott Anderson. It is
difficult to find a more passionate
and knowledgeable man in sport as
John Sabga and it's guys like him that
inspires you daily to keep going. As an
exited professional cricketer every-
one knows about my love for golf,
and it is Scott Anderson who was my
coach and my business partner in golf
and most importantly, my friend.
Both passed from cancer and both
gone too soon. Just young men. This
one is for them, I miss them dearly.
May they both RIP."
As it pertains to players for the
game, I wish to share with you news
of some of the guys who will be
playing tomorrow (meaning today)
and in the other installments of the
tour: "Exciting and promising Jacob
Bethell, who is 13 years old and from
Barbados. He represents Barbados at
under 15 level. The first time I saw
him was early last year at Franklin
Stephenson Academy and you tell he
has ball sense, but with that I also
saw exceptional talent."
On Thursday, Lara, who holds
the record for scoring 501 runs in
an innings, expressed his concern
about T&T. Without making di-
rect comments or reference about
the current crime situation he said,
"Today, what's going on in T&T we
need a little positive energy coming
out. If we could just affect two or
three youngsters in any particular
community, it would be wonderful."
Lara said his objective is that the
message from the venture is to give
young people hope.
He continued, "We are not dealing
with failures very well in this country.
I think a very big part of any sports-
man's life is to deal with failures
because the more you get knocked
down, you pick yourself back up and
move on. The former West Indies
captain explained, "We have a lot of
youngsters who are experiencing a lot
of hardships and they are turning to
alternative things to do."
Lara is calling on the public to
show their support for the event
attend since this is about showing
that we care.
Central FC cries foul
Jan-Michael Williams, the
goalkeeper of reigning Pro
League champion team Cen-
tral FC and his manager/owner
Brent Sancho believes that the
team and by extension profes-
sional football in T&T are being
disrespected by Sports Minister
In a press release yesterday from
the club, both the national player and
Sancho, expressed their concerns
with the lack of treatment they claim
from the minister.
According to the release, "When
we won our second successive Car-
ibbean Club Championship last year,
we received no recognition from
Minister Smith," said Williams. "It
was the highest profile sporting
achievement by any team from T&T
in 2016, yet we didn't even receive a
letter of congratulations."
Williams continued, "The club did
receive a congratulatory letter from
both the president of Fifa and Conca-
caf, commenting on the outstanding
achievement. It's very disappointing
as a player in our national sport to see
the lack of respect for our achieve-
Central FC managing director,
Brent Sancho remains mystified by
the lack of interest from minister
Sancho noted that, "Of course,
being a former Minister of Sport for
the opposition, people would expect
me to criticise Darryl Smith. I try to
steer clear of political statements but
I cannot stay quiet any longer. As a
former footballer, I am amazed that
the minister has never acknowledged
the TT Pro League clubs. He has re-
fused to meet individual clubs and
has taken no interest in the profes-
sional league, yet he's held meetings
with the new Super League owners,
which has not yet been formally rat-
ified by TTFA."
Sancho said that the actions of
the Minister of Sport directly effect
the support available from potential
Sancho added, "It's crazy because
on one hand the minister is cutting
funding to the Pro League and saying
clubs need to be more self sufficient,
but he does nothing to help them
achieve this. He should be regularly
speaking of the accomplishments of
the Pro League, which would greatly
assist clubs in become self funded."
Sancho pointed out that Central
FC is the only club from T&T to win
the CFU Caribbean Club Champion-
ship back to back while also winning
its domestic league.
The former 2006 World Cup player
said he feels Smith is attempting to
shut down the professional league.
"There can be no other explaination.
ok, you make cost cutting decisions,
but why start at the top? Our profes-
sional football is admired overseas. It
provides employment for hundreds
of people, many of whom would
possibly find it difficult to secure
meaningful employment elsewhere.
Imagine what we could achieve with
proper support from the Ministry
of Sport and Corporate T&T," said
Central FC brand
The release outlined that, "Central
continue to build their brand over-
seas. Nineteen-year-old Nicholas
Dillon, has joined Belgian 2nd Di-
vision club, K.Patro Maasmechel-
en. His Central team mate, Nath-
aniel Garcia is expected to join him
shortly at the Belgian club. Another
of Central FC's talented young play-
ers, Jem Gordon has departed to USA
Sancho said that the club, which
has been meeting with potential in-
vestors over the last 18 months, is
near to clinching a partnership with
a consortium that has interests in
several clubs across Europe.
"These things don't move quickly,"
said Sancho. "The interest in Central
is dependent on several other deals
going through in Europe. All we can
do is carry on winning titles to ensure
that the interest remains while they
complete their affairs.
However, I would estimate that
there's a 90% chance of new in-
vestors coming on board before we
compete in the CFU finals in May."
Everyone at Central also wishes
to congratulate Stern John on his
appointment as assistant coach to
the national team. His appointment
reflects the hard work he has put into
the club over the last season and a
half and his influence on the team is
apparent from the clubs continued
Former West Indies cricket captian Brian Lara speak to reporters at the
Barataria Oval during the launch of the Brian Lara Island Wide Cricket Tour
on Thursday. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
Manchester United leg-
end Dwight Yorke was
"denied entry into the US"
under Donald Trump's con-
troversial travel ban after
playing in a charity match
Former Sky Sports presenter
Richard Keys tweeted the for-
mer footballer had been pre-
vented from passing through
customs and immigration at
Miami, USA on a recent visit.
Directing his anger towards
the American President, Keys
wrote: "Well done @realDon-
aldTrump. Man U ambassador
Dwight Yorke denied transit
access to Miami cause he has
Iranian stamp in passport.
T&T's Yorke, an Old Traf-
ford ambassador, had played
in a charity match in Tehran
in August 2015.
The former Aston Villa,
Sunderland and Blackburn
star played for the World Stars
including Roberto Carlos, Luis
Figo and Pauleta against a team
of Iranian Internationals.
Money raised from the game
was donated to sufferers of
However, a source close
to the situation told Guard-
ian media Sports that Yorke
problems in the United States
was because he has problems
with his visa and not an Iranian
stamp in his passport.
Meanwhile, US President
Trump passed a controversial
executive order on January 27
banning entry to the States for
travellers from seven Muslim
countries including those who
have visited those nations.
The countries on the list
were Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan,
Libya, Somalia and Yemen.
Trump's ban was to last for
90 days before he suffered
humiliation when it was over-
turned first by a US district
and then on appeal by a panel
of three judges from the 9th
US Circuit Court of Appeals.
Trump has vowed he will
make sure his order goes
Yorke, who a 2006 World
Cup hero for T&T, was seen
on Thursday night working
as a pundit for be IN Sports
during Manchester United's
3-0 win against St Etienne in
the Europa League.
He joined Keys who works as
the senior football anchor for
the Middle East based channel.
Yorke, 45, has been a regular
visitor to the States through-
out his career playing in inter-
nationals for T&T as well as a
number of exhibition matches.
Central FC goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams, right, produces a save during
his team's 5-4 penalty win over Club Sando following a 0-0 draw in their
Digicel Pro Bowl semifinal clash at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva on
Sunday. Photo: Courtesy T&T Pro League.
CFU Caribbean Club Champions
2015 & 2016
• TT Pro League Champions 2015 & 16
• Digicel Pro Bowl Winners 2015
• Digicel Charity Shield 2015 & 16
• Rawle Fletcher Trophy 2015 & 16
• Akeem Adams Trophy 2015 &16
• Kevon Carter Trophy 2015
• Lucozade Goal Shield 2014
• First Citizens Cup 2013 & 2014.
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