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Nathan, Theobald, Carlyle and Glen among 13 new short-term Central signings for Caribbean tourney

Central FC—now re-christened the ‘Hydrotech Central FC’—have undergone another revamp of their roster for the purpose of the Caribbean Club Championship. There are 13 new faces for the 2018 tournament, which serves as a qualifier for the CONCACAF Champions League and Second Tier League competitions.

Former Trinidad and Tobago World Cup 2006 midfielder Densill Theobald and full-back Jameel Neptune have both joined the “Couva Sharks” from 2017 Pro League champions North East Stars while the Club Sando duo of Tyrone Charles and Trevin Latapy and San Juan Jabloteh winger Nathan Lewis will also wear Central’s colours.

Photo: San Juan Jabloteh winger Nathan Lewis (left) tries to evade St Ann’s Rangers defender Shakiyl Phillip during Pro League action at the Barataria Recreation Ground on 2 April 2016.
Phillip will also represent Jabloteh in 2017.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA-images/Wired868)

Among the other inclusions are the World Cup 2006 pair of Cornell Glen and Anthony Wolfe, former Sharks players Keron Cummings, Darren Mitchell and Javon Sample, Trinidad and Tobago international defender Carlyle Mitchell and Trinity College (Moka) midfielder Saleem Henry, who represented FC Santa Rosa in the TTSL last season.

Mitchell will captain the squad—which leaves for the Dominican Republic today—while Theobald was listed as vice-captain.

Wired868 understands that the players were given short-term contracts, which expire this month. Almost certainly, several of the current Central squad will line up with other clubs once the Pro League kicks off on an unspecified date in April and will effectively operate as rentals.

It is the second successive season that the Sharks have tried to take advantage of the different start dates of the regional and local competitions by using players in the Caribbean competition who have not worn their colours in the Pro League and probably never will.

Last year, Central added 12 foreign players to their roster from Europe, Africa and other Caribbean nations. However, they failed to defend their regional title or qualify for the Champions League while several foreigners complained that they were not paid.

Photo: Grenades FC captain and midfielder Rakeem Henry (right) battles with Central FC midfielder Graham Smith during 2017 Caribbean Club Championship action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on 14 May 2017.
Smith, a United States citizen, took a three-week contract for Central and never played a Pro League match.
(Courtesy Nicholas Bhajan/Wired868)

The Sharks, who had a mid-table finish last season during which they sometimes could not field a full squad, qualify for the Caribbean tournament owing to their title success in the 2016/17 season. This year, they have modified their approach by selecting known commodities, including several past players.

The Pro League’s precarious financial situation and local clubs’ habit of not paying players during pre-season meant that Central were able to put together a talented cast, despite director Brent Sancho’s reputation for not settling his debts.

A notable absentee from the touring party is Central midfielder Sean De Silva along with former players Johan Peltier, Jem Gordon, Akel Clarke, Stephon Seepersad and Sean Bateau.

Wired868 understands that several of the members of that sextet will only suit up for the Sharks in the future when some concrete moves are made to clear off outstanding arrears.

Central open their Group B Caribbean Club Championship campaign against Jamaica’s Portmore United FC from 6pm on Wednesday at the Estadio Cibao in  Santiago, Dominican Republic. Two teams from that group—which also includes Atlantico FC (Dominican Republic) and Racing FC (Haiti)—will advance to the semifinal round of the Caribbean tournament.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team assistant coach Stern John (foreground) leads the squad in training at the Larry Gomes Stadium in Malabar on 8 March 2017.
(Courtesy Sean Morrison/Wired868)

The Central staff is led by head coach Stern John, who took over the squad last season after the departure of Dale Saunders, and also includes Walt Noriega (assistant coach), Denise Govia (team manager), Saron Joseph (trainer) and Esmond O’Brien (equipment manager).

W Connection are the other Pro League representative in the regional competition and need a result to advance today when they tackle Dominican Republic’s Club Atlético Pantoja from 8pm at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.

Connection have been far less aggressive in the transfer window with Jabloteh and Grenada international utility player Kennedy Hinkson and former Trinidad and Tobago National Under-20 Team stand-outs Kadeem Corbin, Akeem Garcia and Kevon Goddard as their only notable signings.

Garcia and Goddard are both former Connection players who won the Pro League title with North East Stars last season.

Photo: North East Stars winger Akeem “Froggy” Garcia (left) tries to hold off a Police FC opponent during Pro League action at the Arima Velodrome on 28 July 2017.
North East Stars won 3-2.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA-images/Wired868)

(Central FC)

Goalkeepers: 1.Javon Sample, 30.Montel Joseph;

Defenders: 3.Tyrik John, 5.Carlyle Mitchell (captain), 26.Trevin Latapy, 12.Taryk Sampson, 15.Kaydion Gabriel, 17.Anthony Wolfe, 22.Jameel Neptune;

Midfielders: 13.Rhondel Gibson, 24.Jules Lee, 18.Densill Theobald (vice-captain), 29.Jesse Joseph, 7.Saleem Henry, 27.Nathan Lewis, 9.Tyrone Charles, 10.Keron Cummings, 11.Darren Mitchell;

Forwards: 8.Cornell Glen, 19.Jason Marcano.

(W Connection)

Goalkeepers: 18.Julani Archibald, 33.Jason Belfon;

Defenders: 16.Alvin Jones (captain), 5.Triston Hodge, 15.Jesus Perez, 2.Kurt Frederick, 26.Isaiah Garcia,  21.Ronell Paul, 30.Shaquille John;

Midfielders: 3.Gerard Williams, 6.Kevon Goddard, 8.Jameel Antoine, 19.Briel Thomas, 23.Kennedy Hinkson;

Forwards: 10.Dimitri Apai, 14.Quinn Rodney, 99.Marcus Joseph, 7.Akeem Garcia, 9.Kadeem Corbin, 17.Jevaughn Humphrey.

Photo: New W Connection recruit Kadeem Corbin (left) wrestles with a Real Hope FA player during Caribbean Club Championship action at the Ato Boldon Stadium on 31 January 2018.
(Courtesy Nicholas Bhajan/CA-Images/Wired868)

Concacaf Caribbean Club Championship 2018

Group A

(Sunday 4 February)

Arnett Gardens FC v Real Hope Football Academy, 5pm, Ato Boldon Stadium;

W Connection FC v Club Atlético Pantoja, 8pm, Ato Boldon Stadium.

(Friday 2 February)

Real Hope Football Academy 0Club Atlético Pantoja 3 (Luis Espinal 35, Armando Maita 40, 59) at Ato Boldon Stadium;

W Connection 2 (Marcus Joseph 2, 13), Arnett Gardens 1 (Fabien Reid 61) at Ato Boldon Stadium.

(Wednesday 31 January)

Club Atlético Pantoja 0 vs Arnett Gardens 0 at Ato Boldon Stadium;

W Connection 0Real Hope Football Academy 1 (Jeudy Johnson 2) at Ato Boldon Stadium.

Photo: Central FC forward Jason Marcano (foreground) holds off Defence Force defender Jamali Garcia during Pro League action at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva on 24 January 2017.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

(Group B)

(Wednesday 7 February)

Central FC vs Portmore United FC, 6pm, Estadio Cibao, Dominican Republic;

Atlantico FC vs Racing FC, 9pm, Estadio Cibao, Dominican Republic.

(Friday 9 February)

Racing FC vs Central FC, 6pm, Estadio Cibao, Dominican Republic;

Atlantico FC vs Portmore United FC, 9pm, Estadio Cibao, Dominican Republic.

(Sunday 11 February)

Portmore United FC vs Racing FC, 6pm, Estadio Cibao, Dominican Republic;

Atlantico FC vs Central FC, 9pm, Estadio Cibao, Dominican Republic.

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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85 comments

  1. ..Note that the “semi-professionals” of Jamaica have again bested the Trini “professionals”..

  2. FULL-TIME: Central FC 0-2 Portmore United.

  3. Leh meh guess the promises of mucho monies and to be seen playing in the Club Championship by the scouts of real professional teams eh Them really good yes

  4. It would have been nice to hear from some of the veteran players lie Glen, Mitchell, Theobald etc. regarding their reason(s) for taking up this short-term contract.

  5. Mr Bor Bor that is because it seems that our sweet country have their own FIFA rules and thanks to the corrupted TTFA and a matter of fact you cannot compare that semi pro league to a real professional league eh so I hope that you and others understand why ah does call everything bootleg eh in our sweet country Them was really good yes

  6. But Lasana Liburd sumthing like this happen some yrs ago in our local league where the top four teams where in a big four and was allowed to use players from other teams Kerry Franklyn played with QPCC Dwight Elliott played with police that year and And they both played with Defence force I don’t kno if you could recall that

  7. ..It could always get worse. The pit has no bottom. I agree we need a collective approach to solutions..

  8. Sigh. Well it is what it is. All stakeholders have to pull together and pick up the pieces. Cause it cant get any worse thats the good news. Lets see how central’s band of mercenaries fare

  9. Cornell Glen just keeps kicking on

  10. By the way which team lost 3-0 Mr. Live Wire?

  11. Central FC up next with the borrowed players

  12. Well as you see I have been saving meh strength for a very long time now eh. Them really good yes.

  13. mango I told you save your strength brother

  14. We have Borfor Carr in the conversation, he should reveal how he was treated at central

  15. Lewwe concentrate on Carnival yes. Iwer, Machel, Patrice …

  16. ..I called it as I saw it bro. Although the drew their opening match 0:0 they looked the most dangerous team in the tournament..

  17. I find Look Loy put goat mouth on W Connection. Since de tournament start he only talking about de Dominican Republic side. Plus he still waiting on DJW and dem to answer all he questions about how de TTFA does run tings.

  18. ..And the league was founded in 2014. Sigh..

  19. ..Precisely. Real Madrid has a team in it..

  20. The league is well funded with solid sponsors

  21. ..This is Dominicana club, with a squad almost entirely of Dominicana players. Dominicana is a “baseball country”. They won the last CFU club title. Evidently, their league is better than ours. In a “baseball country”..

  22. ..No. Atletico Pantoja already has four points and first place. A draw will give them the first place berth but I don’t see how WC pulls off a win. I said AP is a dangerous team..

  23. Travis Mulraine, Connection trail 2-0 after just 32 minutes. Connection only need a draw to advance.

  24. Las imagine if the epl had rules where players could sign short term contracts for tournaments lol ..burrow ah Messi and ah Van dyke and kick Man U’s ass lol

  25. Hard to be committed to Central’s success under those circumstances. You can’t even put your foot into a 50/50 and be sure your employers have your back.

  26. Do their parent clubs get money for their players service????and what if a player gets injured in this tournament who takes care of him???

  27. ..Our football is a hustle. At every level. A hustle..

  28. Hmmmm Lasana Liburd is it fear to the other clubs???

  29. Well I also heard that he actually is involved with North East stars as there is the new owners and the winning Coach Derek Terron King was fired but I told the person nah man Central was just borrowing some of their players for the Club Championship eh

  30. Is Sancho still with this club? Thought I was hearing whisperings that he wouldnt be there if they got the hydrotech sponsorship

  31. What ia the name if the champions from last yr, is it Atlantico?

  32. The TT Pro League shows here no control over this nonsense, temporary transfers, what a joke. There are players that have to Club hop annually just to make a dollar.

    Players ran to this Club hoping what????

    Brent is going to pay you, all of a sudden he and his sidekick will start to be fair with wages?

    To travel and play a couple of games?? Players have to hold some responsibility for their own situation also.

  33. And just imagine that I have been pushing for the Players Association to be up and running in our sweet country to defend our players rights and here it is these same senior players continues to play for the most corrupted professional team in the league it is ah good thing that I listened to meh friend Dion Sosa about these set ah players in our sweet country eh they all are really gluttons for the continuing punishment Them really good yes

  34. Central FC showed they had no model to place to be a club that can sustain itself especially a club known to not pay and have serious outstanding debts…. like many other clubs in Trinidad and Tobago what is the long term goal. Solely dependent on government handouts when is it gonna change? Absolutely fed up of seeing the same thing over and over!!!

  35. It shows gross mismanagement, when for you actually won he league twice, and now have 0 players to play for you. It shows how badly you treated those you had, and others running to play for you have just endorsed the ill-treatment of those gone, and those to come.

    It shows no sense in planning, and using your past performances and success to ensure a future, this is a direct reflection of the League. One has to remember that League decisions are made by these same Club owners. So that is the mentality of running the league and its management.

    Sad that our sports (because it seems that all of them suffer from this great lack of sight, hindsight and foresight in bringing development. And anything that is not developing, not growing, is actually dying or dead.

  36. So how dat does work with the players from other Pro League sides? Are they all out of contract? Is it a short-term loan on their part?

  37. This is BS

    Makes no sense, holds back and forward movement of our football and shows the true mindset of Club owners and players.