Rangers FC revamp Pro League roster
By JOEL BAILEY Wednesday, August 29 2012
ST ANN’S RANGERS FC has virtually revamped its roster ahead of the 2012-2013 Pro League season, which is carded to kick off on September 7.
Experienced players Devon Modeste, Hector Sam, Elijah Belgrave and Mikhil Awai, as well as former Trinidad and Tobago Under-23 striker Cameron Roget, Kyle Bartholomew and Theon James are the only players remaining from the 2011-2012 squad.
Among the arrivals are former San Juan Jabloteh defenders Jamal Jack and Christon Thomas, as well as midfielders Jason Marcano and Andrew Smith.
Other local-based recruits include TT Under-23 goalkeeper Zane Coker from Caledonia AIA, midfielders Kurdell Brathwaite from Police FC and Raymond St Hllaire from Westside Super Starz, and goalkeeper Akel Clarke from Real Maracas.
The St Ann’s-based club also signed United States-born duo — striker Ladule Lako LoSarah and defender Daniel Torre, along with defenders Kadeem Darlington, Tarik Nicholls and Justin Harper, while Jemel Berot and Shomari Antoine have been promoted from the Rangers youth squads.
“We now have a mixture of experience and youth,” explained Rangers manager Adrian Romain.
“We want to make sure that in years to come, we always have that balance in terms of experience and youth. With guys like Hector Sam, Elijah Belgrave and Modeste at the helm of things, it’s just the youths to come in so we can keep on rotating as time goes on.
“We have Jason Marcano with Pro League seasons under his belt, we have Jamal Jack, Mikhail Awai and Christon Thomas, and Zane Coker who came off a brilliant season with Caledonia.
“So if you look at it, we have a good mixture of people who are accustomed winning. And that’s what we needed at Rangers. We now have it this season,” ended Romain. Coker, 22, a former Rangers and Jabloteh youth player, is coming off his first professional stint with AIA last season which included title successes. “The decision wasn’t really my own (to leave Caledonia),” said Coker. “The club decided that it had some tough decisions to make.
“So now I’ve returned to Rangers. I have an opportunity now which is a blessing in disguise because now I’d have more playing time once God blesses me with good health and strength. And I think I can carry Rangers to the next level.
Lako LoSarah and Torre, close friends of Roget, both promised some positive difference to the perennial underachievers.
“I like the football, I like the players and the coach,” said Lako LoSarah. “I think I bring a different type of game. I grew up playing different styles and now I’m about integrating that into the team and bring my strengths.
Torre, a former Under-20 player at Mexican club Pachuca, said, “(Rangers) have a good vision on what type of style soccer they want to do. It’s a great atmosphere. I like the team.
“It’s also like a family. It’s something that when you’re a foreigner and when you come away from home you can just fit into.
“I can add a different type of style. I’ve played in two different countries already. I come from a Spanish background so I like more of the possession type one-two touched football,” Torre concluded.