The football fraternity of Trinidad and Tobago Football was plunged into mourning with the untimely news of the passing of former national footballer Clyde Leon. It is believed that Leon died of a heart-attack on Wednesday morning.
The silky-smooth holding midfielder, Leon was 37 years old and represented the Soca Warriors at both the youth and senior levels. He earned 48 caps for his Country as a senior after making his international debut against Guyana in an international friendly on March 2nd 2004. He wore the captain’s armband in his final appearance which came in a Caribbean Cup qualifier against Suriname on November 16th 2012 at the Dwight Yorke Stadium.
Many consider Leon also known as Frank to be one of the best footballers to play for Princess Town Senior Comprehensive. The slick-passing midfielder played almost a decade of football at local football club W. Connection FC, winning several trophies in the TT Pro League.
Former General Secretary and the first woman CEO of the TT Pro League, Julia Baptiste said. “Clyde was a young man dedicated to his craft. At the time he played, he was disciplined, consistent and humble. He was also dedicated to passing his knowledge to the younger men. He will be missed!”
Unfortunately, he retired from playing at an earlier than expected age and later served as an assistant coach to Stuart Charles-Fevrier at W. Connection. Leon mentioned in interviews a few years ago that coaching came about because he felt that he had a lot to offer to the sport after retiring early. He last held coaching positions of the national U-15 and U-17 boys football teams.