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Warrior tragedies; Hart and Corbin lose ‘mothers’ this week

Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team head coach Stephen Hart and teenaged “Soca Warrior” Kadeem Corbin both lost close relatives this week.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago national senior team coach Stephen Hart studies his options during a 3-0 friendly defeat against Argentina in June 2014. The Warriors lost 3-0 again today against Jordan. (Courtesy CONCACAF)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago national senior team coach Stephen Hart studies his options during a 3-0 friendly defeat against Argentina in June 2014.
The Warriors lost 3-0 again today against Jordan.
(Courtesy CONCACAF)

Hart’s 92-year-old mother, Monica Hart, passed away on Wednesday night at the Scarborough General Hospital in Tobago. While 19-year-old Corbin’s legal guardian and aunt, Michelle “Trudy” Corbin-Superville, who was just 48 and a PNM community organiser in Diego Martin West, died in her sleep on Monday morning, due to complications from acute heart failure.

At present, Hart is preparing the Warriors for their 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup campaign, which kicks off on July 9 with a clash against Guatemala in Chicago.

Corbin is in Puerto Rico now with the Trinidad and Tobago National Under-23 Team while the St Ann’s Rangers attacker was also selected on the Senior National Team for the Gold Cup.

Corbin is only the third Trinidad and Tobago teenager to ever win selection to a Gold Cup team, after the former Joe Public duo of midfielder Lyndon Andrews and defender Derek King.

Photo: St Ann's Rangers attacker Kadeem Corbin (left) takes on Caledonia AIA captain Kareem "Tiny" Joseph during a previous Pro League contest. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: St Ann’s Rangers attacker Kadeem Corbin (left) takes on Caledonia AIA captain Kareem “Tiny” Joseph during a previous Pro League contest.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

Andrews, who once represented Hibernian in the Scotland Premier League, was 19 when then Trinidad and Tobago coach Zoran Vranes selected him for the 1996 Gold Cup tournament. And King, the current Warriors assistant coach, was also 19 when Bertille St Clair took him to the 2000 Gold Cup.

The funeral of Corbin-Superville will be held next Monday while Hart’s mother would be buried at an unspecified date next week.

Corbin will be in Olympic Qualifying action against Puerto Rico next Monday while Hart is due to take the Warriors to a Florida camp next Wednesday.

Wired868 would like to extend heartfelt condolences to Hart and Corbin at this time of mourning.

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18 comments

  1. my condolences to the Hart family

  2. I know that it is with great personal sacrifice that our national coach and young national player make to be successful in their careers. This means spending time away from their families without pay. We, some of the fans have that and you make us happy when you play well with sacrifice. I am sorry for both your losses and hope that the organising body does not make life any harder for you during your periods of bereavement. Please accept the condolences from The Spark and family.

  3. Some untimely news given all the already present stress. Condolences go out to both families

  4. My condolences to Kadeem and coach hart I knew Trudy well also she was always a very nice person very kind and loving she will be missed

  5. My condolences go out to Mr. Hart & the football fraternity.

  6. Condolences to your family.May she Rest in Peace.

  7. Deepest condolences. May your grieving heart be comforted in this time of grief.

  8. My heart goes out to my favorite national coach and my future star!! Knew Trudy personal was a gaint among women God’s strength and guidance in this time!!

  9. My sincerest condolences to coach Hart and Kadeem’s family.