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The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association extends deepest condolences to National Senior Men’s Team captain Khaleem Hyland and his family on the passing of his mother Carol. She passed away earlier today on her 65th Birthday after ailing for the past few months.

Hyland is currently at home, arriving home on Friday and was able to spend time with his mother before her passing. The current Saudi-Arabia based midfielder enjoyed a close, loving and supporting relationship with his mother whom he described as his “number one fan”.

“My Mom found I was too young to play with the older guys,” Hyland recalled in a previous story as he spoke of her “cutting his tail” whenever he chose to run away from home to play the game as a young boy.

“Elder folks in the community saw my capability, and my Mom eventually realised my talent,” Hyland said. “I am thankful for her support. She sacrificed herself for me to make it in life to achieve my goal.”

TTFA President David John-Williams added, “Our prayers and thoughts are with Khaleem and his close ones in this extremely difficult period. Khaleem has been a faithful servant to the country and our national teams and I am certain he would have made her tremendously proud with his accomplishments.”

Hyland suffered the loss of his brother Kwasi who lost his life after sustaining gun shot wounds in 2009.

Funeral arrangements for Carol Hyland will be announced by the family in due course.


This article originally appeared on ttfootball.org