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T&T star, Cordner, ruled out Caribbean Cup match after heart scare

Trinidad and Tobago national senior women’s team star Kennya “YaYa” Cordner was ruled out of tonight’s Caribbean Cup clash against the Antigua and Barbuda and possibly the remainder of the competition after a heart scare yesterday.

The 25-year-old Cordner, who plays professionally for Seattle Reign FC Reserve in the United States, complained of heart palpitations yesterday during an assessment with visiting orthopaedic surgeon Mario John.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago star attacker Kennya Cordner (right) goes for goal while St Kitts defender Rozel Liburd looks on. (Courtesy Jinelle James/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago star attacker Kennya Cordner (right) goes for goal while St Kitts defender Rozel Liburd looks on.
(Courtesy Jinelle James/Wired868)

Sisters Kimika Forbes and Karyn Forbes, who also started in Trinidad and Tobago’s 10-0 win over St Kitts and Nevis on Wednesday, revealed breathing problems as well. But, after checks at the St Clair Medical Hospital, only Cordner was ruled out for an irregular beat.

The Trinidad and Tobago was already preparing to face Antigua when final word came on Cordner’s condition. A TTFA release subsequently stated that: “Pending further examinations, Cordner’s involvement for the rest of the tournament will be decided on.”

Cordner will undergo a MRI this weekend. If the Seattle player is ruled out of the entire tournament, it would be a massive blow for the country’s Caribbean Cup title ambitions.

Cordner, who was the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) Player of the Year in 2013, 2012 and 2010, scored twice against St Kitts and illuminated the match with her skilful flicks and smooth acceleration.

She had hoped to do even better tonight.

“We started off really fast but dropped off our intensity after 30 minutes,” said Cordner, after the St Kitts fixture. “In CONCACAF, we will have to keep up our intensity all the way through.”

Cordner’s immediate future career will be in the hands of doctors though.

About Lasana 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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14 comments

  1. I believe it’s happening in all sports. We don’t know the players players lifestyle outside of training and playing

  2. Is it something happening everywhere? Or in Trinidad? Can it be the way we are eating?

  3. Is it football alone? Or life on the whole?

  4. Are footballers training too hard/playing too much?. This is becoming disconcertingly too common in football…

  5. Just today I was having discussion with a friend about “we” people not paying attention to subtle signs our bodies may give from time to time about impending danger. “We” have a way of saying “small ting man!” Also, we need to make a case for AEDs at all our sporting facilities in Trinidad and Tobago with ALL team with CPR Certified personel.

  6. Wow! That’s is rough.but we don’t want another Akeem either.

  7. I remember playing with this chica as a child and quite a few sleep overs … Am sorry to hear about this latest development Ya Ya but am not worried you will be back at it soon … my prayers are with you

  8. Since this was not picked up at Seattle Reign, kudos to the team administration and Dr Mario John for their work.

  9. Hope the problem comes with a speedy solution for the sake of her health and her future career.

  10. Truly sorry to hear of this development and wish her a complete and speedy recovery. Sometimes these setbacks can spur on other players to dig deep and surprise themselves so we have to hope for the best and keep her in our prayers.

  11. Wow ! Hope this isn’t too serious. What’s it with these cardiac and respiratory issues with sportsmen/footballers these days. I hope some form of research is being done

  12. Hope yaya gets better soon and its not anything serious. ..better safe than sorry. ..speed recovery to u and hope the other girls are better….God is youll guide …and good luck to the rest of the team.