Wed, Jul


National Under-23 duo Xavier Rajpaul and Keane McIvor are both back into the starting teams with their respective teams in the United States Colleges set up, following situations which forced to sit out the game for some time.

Both Rajpaul and Keane were barred from playing for Howard University and Robert Morris University respectively, after the NCIA found it necessary to investigate their academic qualifications. The duo were subsequently cleared and were able to resume playing for their teams.

Rajpaul returned with a bang with a 40-yard stunner against University of Maryland Baltimore County (UBMC) which earned the number two spot on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” Top 10.

Keane meantime is in his third year of college and transferred from Lindsey Wilson College in Kentucky. He scored an 80th minute game winner in his debut match before the three-week suspension followed. But Keane is now back playing again.

Both players grew up playing together at St Ann’s Rangers before making it onto the national U-17 and U-20 teams and earning late call ups to the U-23 team earlier this year. They are hoping to force their way into the professional football ranks within the next few months.