The Players and Staff of Miscellaneous Laventille United were celebrated at an end of season awards ceremony at the VIP Lounge, Hasely Crawford Stadium last Friday following their impressive first season in the Premier Division of the Northern Football Association.
Laventille United, which plays its home matches at Sogren Trace and coached by Cedric Hazelwood, finished second in the League after being promoted from the First Division last season. The team comprises of players from different areas in Laventille and surrounding communities, has been playing domestic football in the NFA for two years.
Supported with financial backing by the Miscellaneous Group, the club now has aspirations of campaigning in the Trinidad and Tobago Super League but will await available options as their second place finish in the NFA does not allow them the option to compete for the right to enter the league in 2018.
Former 2006 World Cup player Densill Theobald addresses the gathering at the VIP Lounge Hasely Crawford Stadium
Former National Team captain Densill Theobald, considered a home-town boy having grown up in Nelson Street, Port of Spain, was the guest of honour at the ceremony and commended the members of the club for their persistence to live better lives through their involvement in football.
“I stand here and it brings joy to my heart to see so many young men coming through similar circumstances and environment as I did as a youngster, being able to cross hurdles and obstacles to achieve something in life,” Theobald said.
“You may not be playing in the biggest league in the world but you are fighting every day to make something positive of your lives and you are hopefully being an inspiration to a lot of other people from your communities. I was once like you, surrounded by a life of drugs and crime.
“It was very easy for me to make the wrong choice and go down the wrong road. But I stood strong and I want to appeal to you to stay on that track and keep pushing on,” added the former Scottish-based midfielder who appeared for T&T at the 2006 World Cup Finals and won the 2017 T&T Pro League title with North East Stars.
Miscellaneous CEO Sham Mohammed (right) presents Clint Raymond with his award.
“I want to specially commend the people who are behind this team, the Miscellaneous Group, people like Sham Mohammed, the CEO, Shaun Fuentes whom I have known for a long time going back to my days in the National Team and Cedric (Hazelwood) who is the heart of the Laventille team and most important the players and the fans,” Theobald added.
The club has also been assisted by Ken Elie and Hazelwood indicated that further steps will be taken to improve the team’s physical and technical preparations in 2018.
“We have completed two solid seasons in the NFA and we fell short at the final hurdle in the last game of the season. And we noticed the improvements in our play through some of the technical advancements we made in 2017 and we intend to continue this process in 2018. We are proud to be representing the Laventille brand and the people of Laventille through our name and our club and we will continue to pave the way for bringing the people of Laventille and surrounding communities together through our football and creating greater opportunities for our footballers,” Hazelwood said.
Forward Kareem Charles was named the club’s Most Valuable Player and took home the top goalscorer award after finishing the season with thirteen goals. Brad Clifton was named the best defensive player, Robert Phillip was awarded for being the most disciplined player while Patrick Elliot and Clint Raymond were named the most dedicated and most inspiring players respectively. Each of the top players received a trophy and cash award.
Laventille United Most Valuable Player for 2017 Kareem Charles receives his award from Densill Theobald, former Trinidad and Tobago 2006 World Cup player.