Thu, Aug


DWANE JAMES wants the chance to prove he is more than just Kevin Molino's older brother. The North East Stars utility player is the older half-brother of high-profiled, injured T&T international, Molino.

James says he feels no pressure to fill the shoes of his younger brother, thought to be the best Trinidad and Tobago footballer at present. Molino is currently sidelined after picking up a season-ending injury playing for his MLS club Orlando FC.

“It's not (any pressure),” James said. “Yes, I am the brother of Kevin Molino. When I was selected for the team he called to congratulate me and all that. As he is injured, I have to represent for him.”

James, originally from Carenage, grew up in Arima and played for Arima Boys RC. After returning from college in Kansas City, Missouri, he played for local professional team Ma Pau, St Ann's Rangers, San Juan Jabloteh and currently North East Stars.

James is confident with the ball at his feet and definitely has touches. But, while he has defensive skill, the occasional concentration lapse may not give him a spot as an outright defender.

Utility player serves him perfectly and coach Stephen Hart sees something in him. Selection on the Gold Cup squad came as a surprise. “I never had being in the Gold Cup squad in mind,” he admitted, “But I always had in mind making the national team. And when you are on the national team, anything is possible.”