Friday 14 December, 2018

Former national footballer and coach Michael McComie dies

Michael McComie, former National footballer and former head coach of the Under-20 team, has died. 

McComie, 46, passed away at the Mt Hope Medical Complex after battling what has been described as an aggressive brain tumour.

His death shocked the football community. 

The former Joe Public custodian was a member of the Trinidad and Tobago team at the 1991 FIFA Under 20 World Cup in Portugal. He was named T&T Pro League Coach of the Year in 2006. A former Joe Public player, he also coached Joe Public, Ma Pau, San Juan Jabloteh as well as the Trinidad and Tobago Under 20 and Under 23 teams.

“Mike was a true servant of the game and his memory will live on as one of the more flamboyant goalkeepers and coaches of his particular era in Trinidad and Tobago football. His loss is not only shocking but comes as a loss for the game in our country. We pray that his family finds the strength to cope during this extremely sad time for them," said TTFA President David John-Williams.

T&T Senior Team head coach Dennis Lawrence also extended his condolences and paid tribute to an ex-teammate.

“Mike was a true gentleman of football as he was always happy to put himself forward to help in any way when asked. As a person, I had so much respect for this guy. I looked up to him as he was part of the first Trinidad and Tobago team I had seen playing in a World Cup and words cannot describe his loss.  I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to his family, friends and everyone connected to Mike and may God look over his family and kids,” Lawrence told TTFA Media.

Ex-teammate Stern John stated,  “He had love football and love for coaching. Mike was very passionate about the game and it got him in trouble at times but that’s how he was… never short for words, he  loved good banter and had a way of making you laugh even in the toughest of moments.”

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