W Connection playmaker Kerwyn “Hardest” Jemmott has been recalled to national service by Trinidad and Tobago head coach Stuart Charles-Fevrier as a replacement for injured CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh midfielder Travis Mulraine.
Jemmott was part of the “Soca Warriors” touring party on their recent trip to Africa but did not initially make Fevrier’s shortlist for Thursday’s friendly international against Venezuela.
However, the former Malick Secondary star gets an unexpected chance after stylish overseas-based midfielder Brent Rahim and Travis Mulraine were ruled out for contrasting reasons.
Fevrier challenged Jemmott to capitalise on the opportunity.
“We don’t have enough creativity in the team,” said the recently-appointed coach. “I think we need some new life and we also need to start looking forward. So I am also thinking long term in terms of a playmaker.”
Jemmott, who is widely regarded as the best passer in the domestic game, first burst on the international scene in 1998 when ex-T&T coach Bertille St Clair played the left footed playmaker alongside David Nakhid and Anthony Rougier.
However, Jemmott’s national outings grew more and more infrequent after complaints about his alleged indifferent approach to training from several subsequent coaches.
He was regarded as a controversial selection by Hannibal Najjar last October when Fevrier’s predecessor picked the player, although he had been out of contract for more than a season after being sacked by Joe Public.
Jemmott used the opportunity to return to the Pro League ranks with Connection and is again hoping to recapture his spot with the “Soca Warriors”.
The national team train on Tuesday from 7 a.m. at the Hasely Crawford Stadium and again from 6 p.m. at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva.