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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, December 18, 2013
T&T internationals Daneil Cyrus and
Joevin Jones, both of whom recently
returned from trials in Vietnam and Italy,
respectfully, are likely to be wedged into
DirecTV W Connection s squad for today s
FA Trophy final against Central FC, which
kicks off from 7.30 pm, at the Ato Boldon
Connection, winner of the 2013 Digicel
Charity Shield and recently crowned Toyota
Classic champion, is in chase of a third title
this season, while opponents Central, winner
of the First Citizens Cup, is gunning for its
second overall knockout title.
However, Connection isn t certain of a
"We will have 11 players on the field,"
said the Connection head coach Stuart
Charles Fevrier, "But we aren t sure of having
seven players on the substitutes bench."
Fevrier revealed yesterday that defenders
Leslie Joel Russell and Devaughn Elliot are
out, nursing a groin and thigh injury respec-
tively, while Colombian midfielders Camilo
Ortega Andres Diaz, Yhon Stiven Lopez and
Yefer Steven Lozano have all returned home
to sort out domestic issues, and are only
likely to re-join the Savonetta Boys in Jan-
He said that Cyrus, who returned to T&T
on Sunday following a trial at defending V-
League champions Hanoi, may be involved
in today s final because of the unavailability
of Russell. While Britto and Clarence, who
both had unsuccessful trials at another Viet-
nam top-flight club, Song Lam Nghe An,
are scheduled to return later this week and
will not be part of today s contest.
Jones, meanwhile, only returned to T&T
on Monday from Italy, after failing to impress
coach Francesco Guidolin at Serie A club
Central FC meanwhile, is without regular
left-back Keion Goodridge, who suffered
bruised ribs after crashing into the upright
during the semifinal round against Super
League outfit Malabar FC a week ago.
Central eventually won the match 3-2 on
penalties following a hard-fought 2-2 draw,
while Connection warmed late to defeat
North East Stars 3-0 in semifinal two.
The Stars will meet Malabar from 5 pm
in the third place play-off for a fraction of
the prize money structure, which includes
$50,000 to the winner, $30,000 to the run-
ner-up, and $20,000 to the third place fin-
Central FC head coach Terry Fenwick
expressed concerns over the third place
play-off, which he believes, stands the risk
of marring the Final.
"The (Ato Boldon Stadium) pitch is already
taking a soaking these days and overused
as it is," said the Central coach. "By the
time we get to our game -- the finale which
everyone is turning up to see -- the surface
will be terrible by the end of the third place
match. I don t see why they have to play
a third place match in the FA, it doesn t
happen anywhere else."
Also, Connection and Central, both
based in Couva, share the single Ato
Boldon Stadium training field, which has
also been affected by rainfall.
Both Fevrier and Fenwick said that prepa-
rations were hampered due to ground con-
ditions, but both men remain optimistic.
"We are confident," Fenwick said. "They
(W Connection) were lucky the last time
we met. They converted the one chance
they carved while we wasted opportuni-
Fenwick blames off the field hiccups, for
his side s mixed results this season, but
promised that Central will be "all guns blaz-
Today's FA Trophy final
Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva
Central FC v W Connection, 7.30 pm
Malabar FC v North East Stars, 5 pm
LONDON --- Late West Indies icon and race relations
champion Sir Learie Constantine has been honoured with
an English Heritage blue plaque at his old home in west
The cricketer and statesman, who lived between 1901
and 1971, had his life and legacy commemorated with the
famous blue sign outside his former residence at 101 Lexham
Gardens in Earls Court, which he called home for five years
The Windies titan, who hailed from T&T and authored
the book Colour Bar, left sport for the world of politics and
made history when he became the first person of African
descent to sit in the House of Lords.
Blue Plaques historian Howard Spencer said: "As a crick-
eter Constantine was celebrated for his adventurous approach
to the game which he played, according to Michael Parkinson,
like a man walking a tightrope without a safety net .
"As a politician, Constantine is remembered in T&T for
his significant role in securing its independence, and in
Britain as a leading advocate for the interests of all black
people; he was always ready to take a stand when it mat-
The historian added: "The first person of African descent
to sit in the House of Lords, Constantine died a respected
and well-loved figure in both Great Britain and the West
Indies; in the words of a eulogy, he had walked with kings
without ever losing the common touch. "
Constantine became a professional cricketer when offered
a contract in 1929 by Nelson in the Lancashire League, and
his ability to bowl fast and hit big soon propelled him to
international acclaim. He played for Nelson for 10 seasons
and his service to the club led him to being given the
freedom of the town in 1963 after he and his family settled
there for 20 years.
While playing for Nelson, the great captained West Indies
to its first Test series win against England in 1934.
Constantine retired from cricket in 1939, finishing his
career with Rochdale.
Developing a profession in sports broadcasting and
writing, the former Windies man eschewed penning a con-
ventional sporting autobiography and in 1947 instead wrote
Cricket in the Sun, a memoir illuminating the problems
of racism in the game.
In 1954, he went further in Colour Bar which was a full-
on challenge to authorities to change the status-quo of
racial inequality in the UK, and even the Queen did not
escape his wrath for failing to invite any black guests to
a then recent banquet in Bermuda.
He also claimed Britain was "only a little less intolerant"
than America and South Africa, and once said about black
Britons: "Rather than be everlastingly sniggered at, we
would almost rather be lynched".
Constantine re-trained to become a barrister in 1954 in
England and soon returned to his native T&T to enter the
political realm, in which he quickly claimed chairmanship
of then new political party the People s National Move-
After his party s election victory in 1956, he was handed
the post of minister of Works and Transport, and five years
later he was given the post of High Commissioner of T&T
to the UK.
However, his sharp rise in politics was sadly ended when
he stepped into a British dispute affecting black people in
Bristol who were barred from being employed by a bus
company. Because the case involved citizens of Jamaican
heritage, some political figures in T&T argued he had over-
stepped his authority.
The dispute resulted in Constantine resigning from his
diplomatic role in February 1964.
Nonetheless, his reputation and standing in the UK was
untainted, and the ex-Windies captain moved permanently
to Britain following the controversial end to his political
career in T&T.
Further proof of his integration into British society was
shown when he was appointed to the Sports Council in
1965, given a seat on the new Race Relations Board in 1967,
and made a governor of the BBC in 1968.
A year later, Constantine was made a peer and given the
title of Lord Constantine of Maraval and Nelson.
Heart problems effectively restricted his ability to regularly
sit in the House of Lords, and health reasons made him
plan a return to the Caribbean.
However, he died unexpectedly on July 1, 1971, before he
could make the trip.
The T&T Squash Association will be having
an exhibition on December 28 at the Cascadia
Squash Club from 1-5 pm.
T&T s top players will be home for Christmas
and fans will get to experience top players like
Colin Ramasra and Kale Wilson from their Cana-
dian base and Kerrie Sample and Charlotte Knaggs
from their UK base.
Ramasra is back after participating in several
international tournaments while Kale will be on
Christmas break from Western University after
playing several tournaments for Western in Cana-
da and the US.
Knaggs has just completed the Canadian Junior
open where she placed 7th among world s best
contenders. She is currently at the US Junior
Open which is being held at Yale University in
All players will be in rippling form and will
certainly delight the crowd with a high standard
Ramasra and Sample won silver medals in the
last CAC games in the mixed double category
and will be challenged by Wilson and Knaggs in
the first mixed doubles match ever played in
Mixed doubles is a strong category for T&T
in the upcoming games in 2014 where the country
is hoping to repeat its medaling performance.
The squash extravaganza will thrill the squash
enthusiasts in T&T and at the event there will
be lots to eat and drink and a chance to win a
bottle of champagne for old year s night.
There will also be a prize-giving ceremony at
this event and the TTSA promises an exciting
and fun filled afternoon for all.
....just competed in
Canadian Junior Open
Malabar FC's Jameel Neptune, right, clears a ball past a charging Keon Goodridge of
Central FC, during the semifinal of the T&T Football Association (TTFA) FA Trophy
competition, last week. Central won the contest on spot kicks following a 2-2 draw and
will meet DirecTV W Connection in the final, today, at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva,
from 7.30 pm. PHOTO: ANTHONY HARRIS
clash in FA final Sir Learie honoured
CAC medalists in squash exhibition
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