Tributes pour in for deceased footballer Kevon Carter

Kevon Carter (centre) more than a handful for his opponents.

Former Trinidad and Tobago Men’s Senior Team coaches Russell Latapy and Jamaal Shabazz, and present “Soca Warriors” head coach Stephen Hart are among members of the football fraternity pouring in tributes to deceased Defence Force winger Kevon Carter.

Carter, 30, died of a suspected heart attack on Friday morning after complaining of chest pains during a training session with his Defence Force football team at the Macqueripe Base Volunteers Ground.

It is said that army Lance Corporal, Carter, father of two girls, Keishanna, 10, and Kiara, 3, complained of chest pains not long before collapsing on the sidelines of a training match. The Trinidad and Tobago international was rushed to the nearby Defence Force Headquarters infirmary and then to the Community Hospital of Seventh-day Adventists in St. James but died on the way.

Carter, who last represented T&T in the 1-0 defeat to Mexico in last year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup quarter finals last year, made 31 appearances for the Senior Team.

He was also one of the most valuable assets of defending Digicel Pro League champs Defence Force over the years, along with close friend and teammate Devorn Jorsling.

Devorn Jorsling – T&T and Defence Force forward

“This is something unbelievable to all of us right now.

One minute Kevon was right there with us and then we’re hearing he didn’t make it.

This a massive shock for all of us but also devastating to see one of (our) brothers go and will not return to be with us.”

Dexter Skeene – TT Pro League CEO

“It’s extremely sad, said TT Pro League CEO Dexter Skeene. “ I can’t believe this has happened. He (Kevon Carter) is like one of our family, we know him personally here at the office of the league.

"Trinidad football has lost another of its talented, progressive and accomplished sons."

We are deeply… deeply saddened. He was such a polite and humble individual every time I interacted with him.

On behalf of the league and members we send condolences to his family, the Defence Force family, and the Pro League family.

The league has to aggressively deal with this situation what has happened over the past few months, and take the initiative to protect our players, sons, fathers and family.”

Stephen Hart – T&T head coach

“Kevon will be a definite loss on and off the field. He’s been in my squad going back to the Gold Cup last year. And of course over a period of time dealing with players, you get to know them better and this is indeed very sad and sudden loss for us.”

Russell Latapy – Ex-T&T coach and player

“I would like to express condolences to his family and friends. I got the news in Scotland just after midday and it was in fact a shocker for me. He was a player at the time with great potential and lots of pace. He will definitely be missed.”

Jamaal Shabazz – Caledonia AIA head coach and ex-T&T head coach

“He was a very quiet but authoritative person. He used to accept his responsibilities and he was a real team person… When the team travelled, he would be the first to help the equipment man or to volunteer with the simple things that senior players tend to leave for the juniors.

“He was very positive in spirit and an energetic, enthusiastic person. It was a pleasure to work with him and he was one of my favourite players with his pace and aggression to get behind the defence.” (wired868)

Raymond Tim Kee – TTFA president and Port of Spain Mayor

“No words can really describe  how we feel about the death of another one of our sons, a young man who was vibrant and was a valuable member of our Country’s National Team.

I was indeed very shocked when I received the news earlier today and this will be a most difficult period for his family, his teammates, his friends and we must support them in whatever way possible. Losing someone, especially in such circumstances is never something that is easy to handle. His family and everyone else close to him are our thoughts and prayers.”

Carlos Edwards – Ipswich Town and T&T midfielder

“It’s unbelievable to me at this time.  Another Defence Force teammate who I enjoyed being around and playing with. I cannot begin to imagine what everyone close to him may be going through right now. It shows us that life is precious on and off the football field. He got into difficulty doing what he loved most and we have to remember him for what he was.”

Andre Boucaud – T&T and Notts County midfielder

“I knew him for that short space of time but obviously we had spent a lot of time together for the (friendly internationals) and the Gold Cup and so on. He was always a very cool and decent individual. I think his loss a terrible one. And for us as footballers, it’s frightening to some extent because you’re seeing guys just popping up with this kind of medical problem that has proven to be fatal. We’ve got to be extremely careful about everything we do as athletes now.”