Former national footballer Kenwyne Jones said criticism from the national public never fazed him as he knew the hard work he put into his game.
Two of Kenwyne Jones’ 2006 World Cup team-mates have paid glowing tribute to the former National Team captain following the announcement of his retirement from playing on Thursday.
T&T head coach Dennis Lawrence has praised retiring footballer Kenwyne Jones as a “phenomenal servant” to his country and to the sport. Lawrence said he enjoyed working with Jones as a player and then working with him as a coach.
The criticisms were harsh, and they were sometimes many, but for close to two decades former T&T striker Kenwyne Jones didn’t let it faze him. At the start of the week, he called time on his career, midweek he returned home, and yesterday morning he gave his first interview since retiring.
Former national football captain Kenwyne Jones will hang up his boots at the end of the year. Jones was released by his Major League Soccer (MLS) club Atlanta United yesterday, and the dreadlocked striker, in an immediate response, posted on Twitter:
After achieving a jump of 16 places in the October 2017 rankings, T&T has dropped six spots to 89th in this month’s Fifa/Coca Cola rankings.
It may not be the result expected by the national team coaching staff, but the thought of failing to defeat teams with a lower FIFA ranking and also following two impressive victories, may have worried Dennis Lawrence and his staff.
Former national players Brent Sancho and Angus believe Trinidad and Tobago should remember their ex-teammate Kenwyne Jones as a true patriot and servant to this country.
The lack of quality playmakers within the local circuit has been noted as an area of concern by national men’s football team coach Dennis Lawrence, as he looks to continue the rebuilding phase into 2018.