19 Apr 2012
- Written by Shaun Fuentes (TTFF)
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It’s not everyday you have brothers excelling for their country in different sporting disciplines. Of course we’ve had brothers succeeding for a national team in a particular sport, whether it be football or cricket, from the Gangas (Darren and Sherwin) to the Phillips (Winston and Lincoln), from the Josephs (Sedley and Alan) to the Davis’ (Brian and Charlie) who also had a sister Alana who played hockey for T&T). The list can go on.
History shows Keno and Stokely Mason and Clint Marcelle and Dwight Yorke among those where one played cricket and the other football for Trinidad and Tobago. And the latest duo in such position is National midfielder Kevin Molino and brother Kevon Cooper who is the latest attraction in the Indian Premier Cricket League with Rajasthan Royals.
Cooper starred for T&T in recent Twenty/Twenty competitions and is now earning rave reviews in the IPL while Molino has been tipped to be T&T’s next general in the midfield. Molino struck a beavertrick in a 9-1 win over Suriname to seal T&T’s qualification for the final round of CONCACAF Olympic qualification during which he was also T&T’s best player, scoring against Mexico.
He netted a 90th minute goal on the weekend in Orlando City’s 2-0 win over Charlotte Eagles in the United States USL Pro Division. Cooper meantime snapped up seven wickets in two matches in India. He was featured in ESPN' cricinfo and the Hindustan Times on Monday
“We’ve been playing football for as long as we could remember but he chose cricket and I decided to stick with the football. But sport in our blood from since ‘we young’ and we support each other as much as we can,” Molino said. “He’s doing his thing in India and I’m trying to do my best in the US and hopefully move on to even bigger things in the future.”
The 23-year-old Cooper relayed that he choose cricket for good on being selected for the T&T under 19 cricket team after being persuaded by his father. Brian Lara is his idol while Russell Latapy is Molino’s favourite. "I come from a family of footballers but my Dad helped me choose cricket," said Cooper who was seen waiting in the lobby of a five-star hotel in Jaipur dribbling a football before reporters.
“We’d like to bring more to the game like they did and hopefully help Trinidad and Tobago achieve some kind of success on the international stage again,” added the 21-year-old Molino who helped T&T qualify for the 2007 FIFA Under 17 World Cup with a lone winner against Jamaica in Kingston and also played at the 2009 FIFA Under 20 World Cup in Egypt. As for Cooper's short term dream, "Sachin's Tendulkar's wicket" he quickly added.