Football is definitely in Ahkeela Mollon’s blood because her father is a keen footballer and, although she loved cricket in her early childhood, she was won over by the time she was 14-years-old.
She is the second half of a twin, and her brother, Ahkeel, whom she calls her better half, also favours cricket. While growing up she would follow her brother as they played cricket in the road with their friends.
But, unknown to Mollon, she was being watched by a woman who observed her playing cricket and felt that because of her speed she would do well on the football field.
There was the fledgling women’s team of Doc’s Khelwalas and her mother was persuaded to send Ahkeela to a screening session.
According to Mollon, it rained heavily that morning and, while it held up for her to attend the session, the field was soggy, and wearing sneakers did not help matters as she was slipping at every turn.
Her inability to stay on her feet caused laughter among the other girls and after the session the coach, Abdul Rasheed (deceased), commiserated with her and assured her that she had a future as a footballer.
The following day as Mollon arrived for training, she recalls Rasheed giving her a brand new pair of Lotto football boots. She was a fast learner and combined her speed with good ball control.
Mollon lit up the Secondary Schools Football League, representing Holy Faith Convent, Couva and Union Claxton Bay Secondary, and found goal-scoring very easy.
National Under-17 Women’s coach, Jamal Shabazz, took notice and called her to attend sessions ahead of the Caribbean Football Union Championships.
She found the net during this tournament and, unknown to her at the time, there was a scout from West Florida University, U.S.A., who was set on recruiting her.
Being just 15 at the time, Mollon was ineligible to enter university due to her age and was enrolled instead at the Young Harris College to attain the necessary entry credits.
Mollon excelled beyond expectations at YHJ, scoring 36 goals in her first year. At the end of her time at Young Harris she had many options. However, her coach advised her to choose a Division-1 College and she eventually went to South Carolina University.
During her break for summer Mollon would play for the Charlotte Lady Eagles of the United Soccer Leagues (USL) W-League, the second tier of women’s football in the U.S.A.
As she came to the end of her college days, Mollon was told by a schoolmate about a women’s professional league in Sweden. Her interest was peaked and Mollon was on her way to the Scandinavian country and signing her first contract with second division club Kvarnsveden Ik.
She also played in Iceland, signing for UMF Stjarnan as well as Afturelding in the women’s Premier Division.
The talented player is considering going into coaching and in 2012 she earned the Level “C” Dutch Coaching Licence.
In 2013, Mollon returned to Trinidad and Tobago and joined Central FC, competing in the Women’s League (WOLF) Football Premier Division competition.
Mollon was given the role of player/coach of the women’s team and, in addition, she was appointed coach of the Central FC Under-20 boys in the TT Pro Youth League.
She got an opportunity to return to play in Sweden and in February 2014 she signed for Kvarnsveden IK and is again showcasing her skills on the European stage.