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THE DEFENCE FORCE will wear black arm bands on Friday for their next Digicel Pro League match against St Ann’s Rangers, and a day later also attend a memorial for the fallen T&T soldier and national footballer Kevon Carter.

Saturday marks a year since the former Trinidad and Tobago international footballer died of a heart attack at age 30, after training with his club team Defence Force FC. Carter, an attacking wide midfielder, had 25 caps for Trinidad and Tobago and was a member of both Trinidad and Tobago’s 2012 Caribbean Cup and 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup squads.

“On Saturday, the family having a prayer service at home, and the whole team will be there,” stated Army head-coach Marvin Gordon, a former national midfielder. Gordon and Carter were teammates when the deceased footballer was a young player, and stated that the Army team will be doing all possible to become inaugural winners of the Kevon Carter Trophy, which goes to the third round winners of the Digicel Pro League. Gordon felt that nothing has been the same since Carter died.

“You can’t replace Carter. What we have to do is find a next was to get results,” said Gordon, who spoke of recent inconsistent results from the 2010 and 2012 pro League champions. “He was the heart of the team because of the attitude and what he brought to the table,” Gordon added.

“To replace him is hard. I don’t think it have a player in Trinidad to replace him. We lost a big peice of the puzzle. “The last round is the Kevon Carter round, his round, and we will be doing everything in our powers to try and win it,” Gordon stated.