Trinidad and Tobago’s record goal scorer Stern John, 1991 World Youth Cup playmaker Anthony Sherwood and national senior women’s team players Ahkeela “Lady Latapy” Mollon and Maylee Attin-Johnson are among the new inclusions for the second Wired868 Football Festival, which kicks off at 5 pm on Sunday evening at the UWI Admin ground in St Augustine.
All four players will represent a Wired868 invitational squad against an Earl “Mango” Pierre XI in a friendly contest that is meant to not only be an exciting exhibition game but also to provide an opportunity for past players, coaches and administrators to get together and share their love for the game. 2006 World Cup goalkeeper Kelvin Jack is also rostered to play pending some good travel news from England.
The event has been partly funded through contributions from Trinidad and Tobago High Commissioner to Jamaica Dr Iva Gloudon, Neal and Massy, DIRECTV, Carib, HowZzat Media, Cascadia Hotel, All Sport Promotions, Toyota, Sacha Cosmetics and Easi-Pharm.
In the inaugural Football Festival on 9 January 2013, the Wired868 and Mango Pierre teams played to a 2-2 draw. Former “Strike Squad” standout and Portugal top flight star Leonson Lewis grabbed a double for Wired868 while the guests got goals from former national youth striker Marvin Joseph and midfielder Ricky Aleong.
Lewis was the first football festival MVP and received a weekend for two from Cascadia Hotel while 2006 World Cup player Brent Sancho got an Easi-Pharm hamper for the “Spirit of Wired868” gong.
Other returning players from the inaugural Wired868 squad includes Strike Squad captain Clayton Morris and his former teammates Hutson Charles and Dexter Skeene, England 1986 World Cup defender Terry Fenwick, 1991 World Youth Cup defender Roger Henry and former national youth team players Chris Durity and Kevin Jeffrey.
Former Trinidad and Tobago midfield stand-out Kerwin Jemmott, New York/New Jersey MetrosStars attacker Darin Lewis and ex-national youth midfielder and agent Dion Sosa were among the Mango Pierre squad, which should be boosted by the inclusion of another former national youth striker, Joel Gibbons.
Football fans are invited to come and be a part of the event. Admission is free and burgers will be on sale from Matchstix Restaurant.
Wired868 XI: Kelvin Jack, Jamaal Shabazz, James Saunders; Tyrone Marcus, Terry Fenwick, Roger Henry, Cyd Gray, Clayton Morris, Chris Durity; Kevin Jeffrey, Jason Louis Julien, Marvin Gordon, Hutson Charles, Anthony Sherwood, Chris De Silva, Ahkeela Mollon, Walter Alibey; Stern John, Leonson Lewis, Maylee Attin-Johnson, Marlon Morris, Dexter Skeene.
Related story: See more photos here from the inaugural Wired868 Football Festival.