Local football mourns loss of ex-National Player

The Trinidad and Tobago footballing fraternity is mourning the loss of former national footballer Jason “Nelly” Marcano who lost his life in a car crash on Thursday morning.

Marcano, age 35, represented T&T at the senior international level with 12 appearance, making his debut in an international friendly against El Salvador in San Salvador under head coach Wim Rijsbergen in 2007. Marcano would go on to play eleven more matches in national colours up until his final appearance in a 2-2 draw with Grenada in St George’s on March 19th, 2016 under former coach Stephen Hart.

Photo at top shows Jason Marcano being mobbed by his Central FC teammates during one of his goal celebrations

Jason Marcano during a training camp with the National Senior Men’s Team

Marcano had two appearances each against Peru and Belize and one each against Jamaica and Panama.

Marcano, fondly referred to as “Nelly” by his friends and teammates had formidable success at club level, winning three T&T Pro League titles with Central FC with which he also won the Caribbean Club Championship medal in 2015 and 2016. one Pro League and FA Cup medal with San Juan Jabloteh and was named the National FA Cup Most Improved player in 2005 and Pro League MVP that same year.

Marcano also played in the Concacaf Champions League and Concacaf League with Central FC and Jabloteh. He was on trial with English club Millwall in 2007.

The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association extends deepest condolences to his family, teammates and friends during this most difficult time.

Jason with cricket star Dwayne Bravo.

See interview below in 2007 following Jason Marcano’s international debut versus El Salvador