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Minister Darryl Smith poses with former national football captain, Kenwyne Jones, at the Hasely Crawford Stadium

The Honourable Darryl Smith, Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs extends a heartfelt thank you to former national football captain, Kenwyne Jones for his dedication to the sport of football over the last 18 years.

The former Southampton, Sunderland and Stoke City forward announced his retirement on Monday and will hang up his boots by the end of the year.

Jones who had had an illustrious career in football has made over 90 appearances with 23 goals for Trinidad and Tobago. Jones was named the Secondary Schools Football League Player of the Year in 2002 while playing for St Anthony’s College.

In 2003, he made his international debut against Finland. He was named Sunderland Player of the Year in 2007/2008 as well as Players' Player of the Year that same season. He also received the accolade of Trinidad and Tobago Footballer of the Year in 2007, 2010 and 2013.

A talented son of the soil, Jones played in two World Cups, the 2001 FIFA under 17 Men’s World Cup in T&T and the 2006 World Cup Finals in Germany. He also appeared in three Concacaf Gold Cups in 2005, 2013 and 2015.

Speaking today, Jones said, “'My decision to retire from playing has not been an easy one for me but having thought about it at length, and having discussed it with those closest to me, I believe that now is the right time to move on to the next chapter in my life and career.”

The Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs once again thanks Kenwyne Jones for a sterling contribution to the sport of football and to the county. We wish him continued success in his future endeavours.

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