Former Trinidad and Tobago National Senior football team manager Richard Braithwaite’s medical condition was described as “serious” by relatives as the popular administrator continues to fight for his life at the San Fernando General Hospital, just over a week after he was admitted at the ICU in Port of Spain.
Braithwaite’s condition was felt to have improved after his initial scare and was moved from the ICU within days. However, family members expressed concern today and urged well wishers to pray for his health. Braithwaite has been advised not to have visitors as the doctors try to keep his pressure stable.
His family has chosen to keep his medical record private for the time being.
Brathwaite is a Strategic Communication consultant with over 25 years’ experience in Community Relations, Social Marketing and Corporate Communications, particularly in the energy sector. He contributed two chapters in the recently published book “From Oil to Gas and Beyond” while he also served as a columnist for the Trinidad Express and Wired868.
However, he came to international prominence in sport as the senior football team manager alongside head coach Bertille St Clair. Together, they took Trinidad and Tobago to two Caribbean Cup titles and its highest ever CONCACAF Gold Cup finish in the final four of the 2000 tournament.
Braithwaite and St Clair also ran the first leg of the “Soca Warriors’” ultimately successful 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign and were instrumental in having accomplished veteran players Dwight Yorke and Shaka Hislop come out of retirement to join the squad.
Yorke went on to captain the Warriors to the World Cup and was the TTFF Player of the Year in 2005 while Hislop won accolades for his stunning performance in a 0-0 draw against Sweden at the Germany 2006 World Cup.
Braithwaite also served on the prestigious FIFA Technical Development Committee from 2001 to 2006 and received a Prime Ministerial award in 1998 for his contribution to the development of sport in Trinidad and Tobago.