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Former National Team goalkeeper Shaka Hislop is backing his ex-2006 World Cup teammate Brent Sancho to fulfill his duties as Minister of Sport with distinction.

Hislop, currently an ESPN football analyst and commentator, played alongside Sancho for several years on the national team, both appearing at the 2006 World Cup Finals in Germany, and also involved in the settlement for outstanding monies with the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association last year. That matter stemmed back to 2006 under the TTFF and was settled under current TTFA President Raymond Tim Kee.

Hislop stated, “Congrats and good luck to my friend and former teammate, Brent Sancho, on his appointment as the new Minster of Sport. I have always advocated that sportsmen can and should play a prominent role in the administration of the game and Brent has been deemed worthy to do exactly that.”

The former West Ham and Newcastle United custodian believes Sancho could make a difference in the Ministry, inspite of the fact that there is a General Election approaching.

“Let’s not hide behind from the fact that the position he has inherited does not come with a mountain of challenges, or that with a general election just around the corner, he doesn’t have much time in restoring the credibility of his Ministry. But when you are asked to step up, to make a difference, you have to heed that call, regardless of the trials and tribulations that are staring you in the face.

“Where some have questioned his appointment, or dither at the prospects, Brent has again given himself fully to the betterment of sport in T&T. That alone is worthy of support,” Hislop concluded.