Trinidad and Tobago playmaker Kevin Molino is supposedly set for a one-year self-imposed exile from the Soca Warriors, which will rule him out of his country’s upcoming Russia 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Costa Rica and Honduras on 11 and 15 November 2016 respectively.
Molino was dropped from the Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team squad to face Martinique in a 2017 Caribbean Cup qualifier yesterday for a breach of discipline.
Wired868 was informed that coach Stephen Hart made the decision after the Orlando City midfielder allegedly snuck out of camp to party in Port of Spain last Friday, which would be the second such infraction by the former East Mucurapo schoolboy in roughly a month.
The Warriors lost 2-0 in extra time last night and were eliminated from the Caribbean Cup, although they can still get to the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup through a play off series.
But, according to an Orlando Sentinel report, Molino apparently threatened to withdraw his services from the Trinidad and Tobago squad after a Snapchat post in which he vowed to take “a year off from national team competition to focus on training”.
Hart has not made a public pronouncement on whether Molino would face further sanction for his indiscretion—beyond the game missed in Martinique—and it is likely that the coach will meet Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president David John-Williams before arriving at a final decision.
Molino seems set to act first. A spokesman for the Orlando City club suggested, according to the Sentinel, that the talented attacking midfielder would make a statement on the incident tomorrow.
It is uncertain whether Molino’s vow to take time off national duty was conveyed to Hart or if it was actually the coach’s idea in the first place.
Either way, it appears that the Trinidad and Tobago playmaker may not wait on the TTFA and could decide on his own international future first.