Andre Ettienne is currently on a journey to the highest point of professional football and, like everything else, this trip is not short of challenges. This 24-year-old Point Fortin Civic FC defender claimed that multiple injuries in the past set back his ambitions but he insisted that his dream of reaching the top will survive.
Ettienne grew up in Vance River Village, La Brea where he developed his football skills alongside siblings who also loved the sport. He spoke passionately about football and knew exactly what he intends to gain from his career.
He revealed that winning has always been his motivation from the beginning and still is up to this day; and his large trophy collection, that he could not be more proud of, is evidence of his success.
Although Ettienne takes football very seriously he also made it clear that spending time with family is just as important to him.
Luckily, Wired868 got the opportunity to know Ettienne a little better:
Name: Andre Ettienne
Date of birth: 09 October 1990
Home town: Vance River Village, La Brea
School: Point Fortin Junior Secondary and then Fyzabad Composite
What is something most people do not know about you?
Most people think that I am as aggressive in person as I am on the field but I am not. I like to have fun and make people laugh.
What do you do in your free time apart from football?
I don’t do much liming so it’s mostly football or chilling at home with my family.
How do you describe yourself as a person?
Well I like to laugh, I would normally be the person to say or do something in training that will make everyone laugh.
Who was your most important coach/coaches and why?
It started with my W Connection coach Stuart Charles-Fevrier who gave me the knowledge and understanding about the game but as I developed in the game my current coach Reynold Carrington is the one who gave me the exposure and confidence that I needed.
What makes you stand out from the other player?
With me, it’s always knowing when to switch on or when to switch off, knowing when separate the football from the liming and so on.
Who is your favorite player and why?
John Terry. He was always a die-hard member of his club (Chelsea) and always stuck with them.
What is your favorite team and why?
Chelsea! Because of the chemistry of the team, not only do they win mostly but because of their ability to come from behind to win a match.
How far do you hope to go with football?
To the highest point. They say impossible is nothing so I don’t want to stop at any point when I know there is always another point to reach. As one door opens, I will take it one step at a time and go as far as I can.
Given the current state of Civic FC, do you see yourself getting the exposure you need to advance or do you see yourself moving on?
Due to the current situation it would be difficult to sit and hope, because time and age is an issue, so in order to prosper I may have to move on one day with the hope of getting the exposure I need.
What were your best and worst moments in football thus far?
My worst moment was the day I got injured while playing with W Connection. I had to do an ACL graft on my left knee and since that day it wasn’t easy. Many times I thought about giving up, but just for the love of the game and knowing how much it could do for me was what gave me the drive and kept me going.
My best moment was playing with Civic FC’s South Zone team prior to joining the Pro League. We were the winning team and we were in very high spirits during that time and even as we entered the pro league we were on a high for a while.
What is your target for the new season?
My target is to make the senior national team and also to get an international trial. After playing football for all these years it will be nice to get the opportunity to gain that international experience and knowledge.
What do you think about the clash between the Pro League and the Super League teams in the Toyota Cup?
I think some of the Super League teams are already destined for the Pro League so this is an opportunity for those players to get some Pro League experience. I like the fact that both Pro League and Super League teams clash and it is a fair competition, whoever wants to win has to go hard to come out on top.
What can we expect from your team during this season?
Expect a great showing! Over the past few weeks we have been coming into our own and regardless of the situation the club might be in, players are coming out and working hard.
Editor’s Note: Andre Ettienne and Point Fortin Civic FC will tackle San Juan Jabloteh from 8 pm on Friday in the Toyota Classic Cup final at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva. The final will be preceded between a schoolboy clash between San Juan North and Point Fortin East from 6 pm at the same venue.