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Molino ready to welcome Kaka to T&T

by Shaun Fuentes

Pushing Limits is the Media Operations handler for the Legends match on May 10th

Former Trinidad and Tobago captain Kevin Molino is counting down the remaining days to May 10th as he prepares to welcome former Orlando City teammate and ex-Brazilian star Kaka to his home country for the Trinidad and Tobago versus International Legends encounter at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.

Molino is among recent ex-National team players who have been called up by event host Russell Latapy for the charity affair which kicks off at 8:00pm. Joevin Jones, Khaleem Hyland, Marvin Phillip, Carlyle Mitchell, Radanfah Abu Bakr and Curtis Gonzales are just a few of the names Latapy confirmed on Wednesday for the match.

For Molino, it’s one of those matches that he’s had on his bucket list and he’s excited about getting the chance to fulfil that ambition.

“It’s a big honour for me to play on the same pitch alongside some of the legends of Trinidad and Tobago football,” Molino said.

“These are some players that I never got the opportunity to play with and this game will give myself and some of my other ex-teammates the chance to grace the same field with these legends. I’m definitely excited but also looking to win,” he added.

Kevin Molino celebrates a goal with Kaka during their playing days at Orlando City

Kaka made 75 league appearances in his three seasons with Orlando, scoring 24 goals and providing 22 assists between 2014-2017 before moving to Sao Paulo. Molino lined up alongside the former AC Milan man on several occasions during his tenure at Orlando from 2011-2016.

“I’m definitely looking forward to playing with Kaka again, especially getting to do this in my home country. We spoke a lot during my time as a player for the country about the importance of proper representation and he would have shared similar stories.

“He always tried to encourage me to do my best. Now to welcome him here would be a great occasion and something I will cherish forever. But also just getting that chance to share this kind of experience with the other players is something worth the time and effort.”

According to Molino, the aim is for the presence of the Legends such as Kaka to leave a lasting impression on those who will witness the match and to inspire the upcoming generation.

“We’ve already chatted briefly and l told  him it will be a great trip for him to be here and that the country on a whole needs something like this when they can witness players like himself and Rivaldo, Cafu and Edmilson in the flesh.

“I explained to him especially about the current situation in our country at the moment, it would be really great for them to come out and showcase their skills for the fans. That is the beauty about sport where occasions like this can bring some joy to the people and I am hoping we can have a positive impact on the young ones especially,” Molino added.

Latapy disclosed that some of the other players who will appear on the pitch on May 10th include Cornell Glen, Carlos Edwards,Kenwyne Jones, Clayton Ince, Clint Marcelle, Stern John, Keon Daniel, Gary Glasgow and Hayden Tinto among others joining Dwight Yorke, Hutson Charles, Reynold Carrington, Densill Theobald, Earl Jean and Devorn Jorsling.

The full line-ups will be announced in due course.

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