DIRECTV North East Stars and one of their partners, Sports & Games offered their support to flood victim, Akeem Marshall before the final of the Lucozade Shield on Friday. 21 year old striker, Marshall has played for Police F.C. His families apartment in Bonne Aventure, Gasparillo, was flooded when the Guaracara River burst its banks flooding the entire building. The family lost all of their possessions including Akeem's football equipment. Marshall, a Special Reserve Police Officer, said his family is now homeless at the moment and were forced to live in an emergency shelter.
Sancho said " We saw the sad news about Akeem's situation and wanted to help in some small way. Football boots are are players tools of the trade, so we felt it appropriate to ensure he can continue his career." Sancho said he spoke to Omar Hadeed at Sports & Games, who had no hesitation in donating the boots. " Sports & Games, like all of our business partners are keen to support North East in our community work. We are grateful to Omar for his generosity and hope this helps Akeem in some small way. The teams and players in the Pro League are a family, and we need to ensure that we support each other as much as possible."
Sancho was delighted with North Easts victory, bringing the team their first trophy since 2003. "We've come a long way since Kevin Jeffery and I reformed the team in February "said Sancho. " This trophy belongs to all of our players, staff, supporters and sponsors, and, of course our president, Daryll Mahabir. I just hope that our players will get opportunities to represent their country. Sean Fraser should be considered for the Jamaican squad, and I know Russell was watching tonight, so I hope he takes a closer look at some of our boys."