Former Trinidad and Tobago World Youth Cup captain Roderick Anthony lost his life this morning in a tragic vehicular accident near the Old Grange Road in Tobago. He was 36 years old.
Anthony, a former right sided midfielder, captained his country at the 2001 Under-17 World Cup where he played alongside teammates Kenwyne Jones, Marvin Phillip, Jan-Michael Williams and Julius James and competed against Brazil playmaker Diego and Croatia midfielder Niko Kranjcar.
Unlike the aforementioned players, Anthony did not go on to play professionally—outside of a brief stint with W Connection—while he never represented the Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team.
Wired868 understands Anthony was in the passenger’s seat, heading home after attending the wake of a Tobagonian footballer, Taury Ramsey, who died in a car accident on New Year’s Day. Ramsey was killed when he collided with another vehicle on the Claude Noel Highway, shortly after partying at the Soca on the Sand fete in Pigeon Point.
At the time of publishing, the driver of the vehicle, an unidentified man, was said to be hospitalised, although his condition was not listed as serious.
Anthony attended Elizabeth’s College, Scarborough Secondary, Naparima College and St Anthony’s College and might be the only player to win Intercol titles with three different schools, which he managed with Scarborough, Naparima and St Anthony’s—at either zonal or national level.
Anthony is the third high profile footballer to lose his life on the nation’s roads in the past year, after former Central FC winger Jason Marcano and W Connection forward and team captain Shahdon Winchester.