Fri, Sep

Michael "Sally" Saldenha is dead.

Former Malvern Sports Clubs football stalwart Michael Saldenha died on Thursday morning at his home in Morvant, Port-of-Spain. He was 75 years old.

Known fondly as Sally, the former Malvern midfielder, was a fitness fanatic and could be seen playing in the Queen's Park Savannah on a daily basis.

In his football career, Saldenha not only played for Mavern but also the Glory Guys football team which he captained and that team was coached by national hero Everard "Gally" Cummings.

He played at the recreation level for Third World in the Woodbrook Youth Centre and Ice Picks in the latter years of his career. Saldehna was a founding member of Ice Picks, a club that he was a member of until his death.

As a coach, Saldenha assisted Malvern and Malick Senior Comprehensive which was then coached by the legendary Kenneth Franco in the 1990s. He also assisted Jean "Jah" Lilywhite Coaching School.

The effervescent Sally, who worked at HE Robinson, the Government Printery, National Maintenance, Training and Security Company Ltd. (MTS), leaves to mourn his wife Brenda and children Michelle Terrelonge, Melissa Saldenha-O'Connor and Marlon Saldenha.

He was the brother of the late Guardian Newspapers photographer Noel "sally" Saldenha, Evelyn Saldenha, Yvette Saldenha and Robert Saldenha.

Funeral arrangements have not been finalised.