North East Stars Football Club announced the acquisition of a new Chief Executive Officer and Director of Football in World Cup 2006 player Brent Sancho and Kevin Jeffrey respectively.
Club owner and founder Mr. Darryl Mahabir made the announcement this week, stating the fact that the new appointments finalized are evidence of the club’s ambitions to return to the top of local football.
“Having these two guys show the club is going in the right direction. We are an ambitious club and we have plans to further establish ourselves through the right channels with better development and professionalism. We think that having Kevin and particularly Brent involved will be an asset to the club,” Mahabir said.
Mahabir further stated, “Brent’s ability to work and get things done and Kevin’s (with whom I have a very good relationship with) knowledge and commitment to the sport will both impact this community in a positive way”.
Sancho, a member of the Trinidad and Tobago’s 2006 World Cup squad and now back from campaigning with Rochester Rhinos in the American A-League, said he was excited over his new position as CEO of the Sangre Grande club.
“I am delighted to be part of this club. I am definitely looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead and will be aspiring to helping the club attain a fair amount of success,” said the ex-Gillingham defender.
Sancho, a former English and Scottish-based player added that he has held the club in high regards following his stint in 2008 with North East Stars which helped the club climb from bottom of the table to finish third.
“In the short time I played at the club I was really impressed with the direction the club was heading and I want to play a more instrumental role in this positive movement.”
Jeffrey who was also part of the 2008 North East Stars squad and a nominee for the Player of the Year also plied his trade on foreign soil with Richmond Kickers in the A-League.
Jeffrey is no stranger to the club having spent 5 years at the Sangre Grande-based outfit where he was instrumental in helping the club win the FA Cup and TT Pro League championship as a player.
“I am excited about the appointment and I look forward eagerly to help push this club in the right direction” said Director of Football Kevin Jeffrey.
North East Stars rose to prominence when they won the Trinidad and Tobago FA Trophy in 2003 and the TT Pro League in 2004. Despite not fielding a team this year due to problems at the club’s playing facility at the Sangre Grande Regional Complex, the club is optimistic about the future.
Under the new management of Sancho and Jeffrey, North East Stars have been continuously discussions with the Sangre Grande Regional Corporation for the upgrade of the Sangre Grande Recreation Ground (popularly known as the Ojoe Road Recreation Ground) and are hoping for the best.
“From the club’s perspective we are seeing exciting times ahead. We are hoping that the Corporation will understand the importance of having the facility that will home professional football for the community, and for kids to aspire playing for. The facility is still in shambles at the moment and we hope that the Corporation will learn from the mistakes in the past,” said Stars CEO Brent Sancho.
North East Stars once employed notable players such as Jerren Nixon, Kendall Jagdeosingh, Kendall Velox, Brent Sancho, Kevin Jeffrey, Anthony Wolfe, Glenton Wolfe and Charles Pollard among others.