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Mango XI strikes back in Wired868 Football Festival II

Can’t we all just get along?

Wired868 kicked off its second annual Football Festival yesterday at the UWI Admin ground and there were an array of former football stars on show.

Photo: Former Trinidad and Tobago striker and record goal scorer Stern John (right) takes on former 2006 World Cup teammate Brent Sancho. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Former Trinidad and Tobago striker and record goal scorer Stern John (right) takes on former 2006 World Cup teammate Brent Sancho.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

There were some future stars.

Photo: Tranquility Secondary student Che Benny evades television presenter James Saunders. Benny won an Easi-Pharm hamper for his skillful cameo. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Tranquility Secondary student Che Benny evades television presenter James Saunders.
Benny won an Easi-Pharm hamper for his skillful cameo.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

And equality among the sexes.

Photo: Tranquility Secondary stand-out Shaunelle Govia (left) takes on sports lawyer and ex-CIC player Tyrone Marcus. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Tranquility Secondary stand-out Shaunelle Govia (left) takes on sports lawyer and ex-CIC captain Tyrone Marcus.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

But mostly goals… And the final score was a whopping 10-4 in favour of the Earl “Mango” Pierre XI.

Photo: Former Trinidad and Tobago national youth striker Marvin Joseph (right) takes the ball around a despairing James Saunders. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Former Trinidad and Tobago national youth striker Marvin Joseph (right) takes the ball around a despairing James Saunders.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

It was not everyone’s idea of fun.

Photo: A penny for your thoughts. Former Trinidad and Tobago World Youth Cup playmaker Anthony Sherwood (left) and ex-England World Cup defender Terry Fenwick have a word. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: A penny for your thoughts.
Former Trinidad and Tobago World Youth Cup playmaker Anthony Sherwood (left) and ex-England World Cup defender Terry Fenwick have a word.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

For some, prevention was worth more than cure.

Photo: Wired868 managing director Lasana Liburd (second from left) keeps a safe distance from the action alongside Central FC marketing manager Kevin Harrison (second from right) and organising committee head Indra Ramsingh-Geoffrey (far right). (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Wired868 managing director Lasana Liburd (second from left) keeps a safe distance from the action alongside Central FC marketing manager Kevin Harrison (second from right) and organising committee head Indra Ramsingh-Geoffrey (far right).
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

The supporters were not complaining.

Photo: Some supporters enjoying the football on show. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Some supporters enjoying the football on show.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

Although one young man was kind enough to offer advice.

Photo: A concerned young supporter checks on Wired868 goalkeeper James Saunders. And Saunders points out his assailants. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: A concerned young supporter checks on Wired868 goalkeeper James Saunders.
And Saunders points out his assailants.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

Leonson Lewis again led Wired868’s resistance with a hattrick while Tariq John, the 17-year-old son of record Trinidad and Tobago goal scorer Stern John, scored a brilliant strike.

Photo: Former
Photo: Former “Strike Squad” star Leonson Lewis scored a brilliant hattrick for Wired868.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

But Lorne Joseph was unstoppable with five strikes while Conrad Smith scored twice and Darin Lewis, Marvin Joseph and Che Benny notched one goal apiece.

Photo: MVP Lorne Joseph receives a gift certificate for a weekend for two at the Cascadia Hotel by Wired868 director Lou-Ann Sankar. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: MVP Lorne Joseph receives a gift certificate for a weekend for two at the Cascadia Hotel by Wired868 director Lou-Ann Sankar.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

See you next year, fellahs. We will be stronger then!

Photo: Leonson Lewis (second from right) tries to recruit former
Photo: Leonson Lewis (second from right) tries to recruit former “Strike Squad” goalkeeper Earl “Spiderman” Carter (second from left) while Pro League CEO Dexter Skeene (far right) and veteran footballers association’s Selby Browne give their blessings.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

Wired868 will like to give a special thank you to its sponsors: Trinidad and Tobago High Commissioner to Jamaica Dr Iva Gloudon, Cascadia Hotel, Neal and Massy, DIRECTV, Toyota, Carib, HowZzat Media,  All Sport Promotions, Sacha Cosmetics and Easi-Pharm.

 

Related story: See photos from the inaugural Wired868 football festival here.

AboutLasana Liburd

Lasana Liburd
Lasana Liburd is the CEO and Editor at Wired868.com and a journalist with over 20 years experience at several Trinidad and Tobago and international publications including Play the Game, World Soccer, UK Guardian and the Trinidad Express.

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2 comments

  1. Thanks for these fun memories Lasana! May this annual football festival continue to grow from strength to strength every year.

    Blessings and best wishes to you and the team.

    Tyrone.

    P.S. I was the CIC vice-captain in 1991. Don’t get me in trouble with Darryl Smith and Anthony Horton!