Striker Kevon Carter of the Trinidad and Tobago national
team passed away after a recent training session with his club team. It’s
suspected that the 30-year-old died of a heart attack. The Caribbean Football
Union announced that the player died at a local hospital on the morning of
February 28. After training with his team the Defense Force Football Club in Macqueripe
the player started to complain about chest pains.
Carter and the rest of his teammates were starting to
prepare for the CFU Club Championship. He had played 31 times internationally for
his homeland at the time of his passing. Sheldon Phillips, the general
secretary of the Trinidad and Tobago football federation, said, “The young man
had a quiet resolve about him and bounced back from a horrific leg injury to
once again earn a spot on the national team. The entire football family is in
mourning and our thoughts and prayers are with Kevon's family and teammates.”
Carter made his first appearance for Trinidad back in 2004
and scored five goals for his country with his first one coming against Grenada
in April of 2008. He also had 41 goals for his club side during his career. Anil
Roberts, the sports minister for Trinidad and Tobago Sports Minister said he
was shocked when he heard the news that Carter had died. He added that the
player was quite young and strong and had put in 10 years of dedication to the
country’s national football squad.
Carter first represented his country at the Under-23 level
and had been with the team all the way up to the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Roberts remarked, “It is extremely disheartening to hear this news but I hope
it serves as a wake-up call to all of us to pay closer attention to our health
and wellness. When death comes so suddenly, it is always shocking and difficult
to understand but I hope Kevon's family and friends will cherish the time he
spent with them.”
Carter is the second Trinidad international to die in the
past few months. Defender Akeem Adams passed away last December while playing
for Ferencvaros in Hungary. The 22-year-old suffered a brain hemorrhage after
being hospitalized for a heart attack. He also had to have his left leg amputated
to help relieve circulatory problems.