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Lee-Him's new year wish is to be a Soca Warrior.
« on: January 07, 2016, 06:24:24 AM »
Lee-Him's new year wish is to be a Soca Warrior.
By Inshan Mohammed.


It's a new year and one of the wishes on former Appalachian State University standout Kristian Lee-Him's wishlist, is to play for Trinidad and Tobago, a wish he hopes will become a reality in the near future.

Lee-Him told the Soca Warriors Online (SWO) in a little chit-chat session yesterday: “I want to play for T&T one day and have always wanted to, even if I get the chance to train with them it would be wonderful. However, I know I have to continue to work hard and settle in with a club to improve my chances.”

“Here is a little insight about my ambition. In 2011- I was recruited to Appalachian State University (Division 1), after the 2nd game the team experienced a tragedy (our coach died) and the replacement had a very limited knowledge of the game, after the 2 year term, I transferred to University at Buffalo (Divison 1) which I graduated in May 2015 with a degree in Business Administration.”

“Graduating as a student athlete by successfully balancing sports with academics currently is my biggest achievement, of course I am aiming for a bigger achievement really soon.”

“Most of my development was with Sigma FC, it is a very European based academy in Mississauga with the coaches teaching and the squads playing the Dutch way, in-fact, coach Bobby Smyrniotis was a coach and scout for Ajax Amsterdam. Sigma FC was very instrumental in my NCAA recruiting process (preparation and selection of schools). Last summer I played L1O (semi pro division) with Durham United FC, this was a very good insight to the next level.”

The midfielder isn't short on talent and at a tender age won many titles including; the 2010 OSL U-21 League Champions. To name a few, he was a 2008 Ontario Summer Games bronze medallist with Ajax Soccer Club and was the Edinburgh International Tournament - Golden Boot winner in 2007.

He also got high marks in a recent 2015 Ontario League 1 season review from head coach of Durham United FC Sanford Carabin who said: “We picked up Kristian Lee-Him from Sigma FC. Once he got into the squad, he pretty much never left the rotation. Always worked 150% every practice and game, and brought a lot of quality to the attacking mid position. He is actually in Italy right now training ahead of the transfer window opening. Verona Stars is the team he's with. It's an academy that was set up in Italy for players between 18-24 and out of contract. He's looking to take the next step, added Carabin.”

Lee-Him stated: “Attacking midfield is my favourite position and where I excel at mostly. I like players that make runs and being mobile because it showcases one of my strengths, passing.”

“I can add to the attacking options and penetration of teams up the middle for any team I play for. I also enjoy shooting and it is one of the things that most teams do not do enough of, test the keeper, hence the reason I won Golden Boot medals in the past, the chance is there, you just have to take it when it comes.”

In 2010 Lee-Him trained with the Trinidad and Tobago national U-20 and U-23 teams, recently, he got in a few sessions with W Connection while on Christmas vacation in Trinidad last month.

“First off, I must say thank you for all your help and assistance in navigating the process for getting try-outs with the various national youth teams in the past Flex.”

“My management team (TSM which consists of coach Hannibal Najjar, Andy Salandy and Roget Bryan) arranged for me to attend a couple of sessions with W Connection over my recent Christmas vacation. It was very professional (preparation, execution of drills and attitude).”

“The staff is very knowledgeable, the drills were very similar to what I have experience before. The players are fast and move the ball very well, it was a good professional setting and I knew a few of the players from my previous training stints with the national U-20 and 23 teams, so I felt comfortable. Coach Earl Jean was happy with my performance and left the door open for future discussions in the current transfer window.”

The talented midfielder who carries many passports including an Italian one, spent some time in Europe training with a few teams and impressed enough that he could be heading there in the near future.

“I recently completed a 6 week training camps in Italy with Verona Stars in Genoa, included in that was a two week trial in Slovenia. My performance did generate some interest and I will be able to share some more information/news in the next few weeks.”

“Ambition wise, I think all players want to have a career in Europe because the leagues are pretty competitive. I am very realistic and now I have to build my resume so my goal is to start in a lower division/league, learn the profession and sharpen up on my skills and hopefully move on to bigger and better things.”

The Canadian-born is no stranger to Trinidad and Tobago, his dad (Derek) has kept the Trini-tradition in his blood alive and today Kristian can boost that he is proud to be an adopted Trini.

“I am Canadian, born in Toronto, currently living in Pickering. My dad is Trini and mom is Canadian/Italian. I grew up on a soccer pitch, every weekend in the summer going to my dad's games. What makes it nice is, 99% of our family friends are also Trinis so the Trinidad connection is very strong.”

“While soccer is my number one focus, hobby and love. Personality wise, I am very laid back and like to observe things and reason with myself. On the food front, of course doubles and curry chicken ranks as favourites, but truth be told anything a Trini cooks is my favourite, I just love the food, the culture and the people.”

“I have 2 clubs that I follow, the Arsenal and Barcelona, some of my favourite players played for these clubs. I also like Ozil, Ronaldo (Brazilian), Pogba, and of course Messi. I enjoy players who play in the middle, my all-time favourite has to be the Brazilian Ronaldo, he is flawless, I still enjoy watching him finish.”

“I do follow the Soca Warriors Online (socawarriors.net) and I must say it is very informative on the footballing front, I am very happy with the progress it has made over the years, and the forum is entertaining a well.”

“As for T&T, I felt the 2015 U-23 team could have done better in the PanAm/Olympic qualification games (because the squad has talent). The Senior side has been impressive, of course the 4-4 tie with Mexico in the Gold Cup shows T&T quality and that coach Stephen Hart is a proven leader and very knowledgeable. He's made Canada turned a corner from the route 1 soccer to a very watch-able brand when he was here.”

“Trinidad and Tobago always had talent and flair, but what I see now is motivation, hunger and drive. I like seeing Khaleem Hyland in the middle, Kenwyne Jones on-top and the very physical defender Daneil Cyrus especially. Currently, I like Kevin Molino, very electric, smart and makes some very penetrating runs, I will love to be on a pitch with him (I did have a few sessions with him during my U-23 training stint) and I like playing with players like that, of course Dwight Yorke has to be one of my T&T icons.”

Lee-Him further stated that: “Previously, you asked about my Trinidad connection, this is a driving force in my interest to represent Trinidad and Tobago. The support is interesting, if Canada played T&T in Toronto, we will have more Trinis than Canadians in the stadium rooting for the Soca Warriors (that is why all the games are in the West). In addition to the playing style, it is just the little bit of South America flair in the whole set up that makes it very desirable.”

“As you know, I am very persistent, so I will continue to work hard and hopefully make an impression for a call up in the near future, ended Lee-Him.”

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Re: Lee-Him's new year wish is to be a Soca Warrior.
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2016, 09:31:15 AM »
Kid seems to have his head on his shoulder.

Does anyone have a latest video of Lee-Him?

I hope he signs in Europe or for some club team soon, because at 23 you should be in your prime already.

Good luck kid.

The TTFA really need to host a annually camp in N.America to see some of our prospects.


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Re: Lee-Him's new year wish is to be a Soca Warrior.
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2016, 08:08:21 PM »
Saw him play when he was younger, good technique, but need composure.

Maybe he improve now.

Good luck to de youth, but get serious because 30 go reach yuh in a blink of an eye and yuh go be thinking about what yuh coulda been.

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Re: Lee-Him's new year wish is to be a Soca Warrior.
« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2016, 12:55:26 PM »
Slovenian football club MNK Izola signs Lee-Him for the remainder of the season.

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Re: Lee-Him's new year wish is to be a Soca Warrior.
« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2018, 07:37:52 AM »
Kristian Lee-Him ended the season in Slovenia (MNK Izola) as the 3rd highest scorer in the division. Yesterday he signed with German 5th Division Club Heeslinger SC.

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Re: Lee-Him's new year wish is to be a Soca Warrior.
« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2018, 11:26:52 PM »
Kristian Lee-Him ended the season in Slovenia (MNK Izola) as the 3rd highest scorer in the division. Yesterday he signed with German 5th Division Club Heeslinger SC.



 :o :o

Is that a step up??? for him?

What div did he play in Slovenia.

Oh well if he good someone will see him..

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Re: Lee-Him's new year wish is to be a Soca Warrior.
« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2020, 05:51:54 AM »
Kristian Lee-Him secured a transfer to a 2nd Div Swedish team. It will be official July 15th (when the window is open).

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Re: Lee-Him's new year wish is to be a Soca Warrior.
« Reply #7 on: August 06, 2020, 01:38:45 PM »
Lee-Him ready for new challenge.
By Inshan Mohammed.


Swedish 2nd Division team Fagersta Södra IK have snapped up 26-year-old Kristian Franklin Lee-Him for the remainder of the season as, the Canadian-born midfielder look set to make his official debut for the Club on Saturday, August 8th against FC Stockholm Internazionale at the Onsjövallen Stadium.

The Swedish 2nd Division league will end in October. After 2 matches, Fagersta Södra IK is currently in last place at number 14 and will be hoping that Kris will help strengthen their chance of moving up the table and out of the relegation zone. FSIK competes in Division 2 Norra Svealand.

All entirely, there are 84 clubs in Division 2, divided in six groups of 14 teams each representing a geographical area. During the course of a season (starting in April and ending in October) each club plays the others twice, once at their home stadium and once at that of their opponents, for a total of 26 games. At the end of each season the two lowest placed teams of each group are relegated to Division 3.

Kristian meanwhile, is also eligible to represent Trinidad and Tobago came from Bremer SV in Germany where he played for the last 2 seasons. Bremer SV, is a fifth tier Club that compete in the Bremen-Liga.

Kristian is a hard-working inner midfielder with good feet and a good understanding of the game.

According to the Club's official website: "Kris impressed the Fagersta Södra IK (FSIK) coaching staff during his test match both as a player and as a spectator so there was never any doubt that we wanted to have him on the team."

"He has trained with us for the last 4 weeks and today he was finally officially ready to play for FSIK, says sports director Patrik Salminen."

"We warmly welcome Kristian to Fagersta Södra IK!

« Last Edit: August 07, 2020, 12:38:39 PM by Flex »
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