On the eve of his first appearance as assistant coach of the national football team, former international Stern John has had to deal with the death of his 19-year-old daughter.
The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA), staff members and players of the Men’s National Senior Team have extended their deepest condolences John on the passing of his daughter, Nikela.
Nikela, age 19, passed away on Thursday evening at her Cunupia home due to medical causes still to be determined.
A statement from the TTFA said John was on his way to a national team practice session at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, when he received a phone call that his daughter was not well. He was excused from the session and rushed to the scene at her home. She was pronounced dead later that evening.
Nikela was born in Trinidad but lived with John during his playing time in Birmingham from a tender age before returning to Trinidad. She was a student of Holy Name Convent.
TTFA President, David John-Williams, said “My thoughts and prayers are with Stern today. This is indeed a difficult time for him and his family as well as our TTFA family. As President, I will like to urge Stern to stay strong. Words are difficult to find at this time to say to him. We ask for God’s blessings upon him at this time and may she rest in peace.”
Head coach Dennis Lawrence, who also played with John on the senior team, stated “We want to extend our condolences to Stern and his family and also let him know that we have him in our thoughts and we share in this time of grief with him.
“We know that no amount of words can really help to ease the pain he is bearing but we pray that the comfort of God helps him and his family through this difficult time.”
“Stern is one of us and we will give him the time and support he needs right now and welcome him back at the appropriate time,” Lawrence said.