Norran Jno Hope and Kurt Hector

Norran Jno Hope and Kurt Hector

President of the Dominica Football Association (DFA), Glen Etienne, has said that it was with a deep sense of loss and sadness that he has addressed the media in relation to the untimely death of two members of the football family.

Kurt Hector and Norran Jno Hope lost their lives on Friday when the vehicle they were traveling in, plunged into a chasm that developed on the Pont Casse main road due to heavy rains. Another person was seriously injured and is now in hospital.

Etienne and DFA secretary, Ericson Degallaire, were in Panama attending a FIFA Congress at the time of the incident.

He said the news came as “a shock” and the support from the regional and international football community has been encouraging and well intentioned.

“Let me on behalf of the Board of Management of the Dominica Football Association and the entire football family extend profound and sincere sympathy to the family and friends of our two fallen heroes. May they find comfort in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who is the giver and taker of life,” he said.

The last few days he said have been “extremely difficult and painful for all Dominicans, especially their loved ones.”

“Words certainly cannot convey how we truly feel. At this time, let us thank the Almighty Father for Joselyn Prince, who is battling for his life at the Princess Margaret Hospital. It is truly by divine intervention that he is alive today. We trust and pray that his recovery will be a speedy one and that he will be back with us in no time,” the DFA Boss stated.

He describes the late Kurt Hector and Norran Jno Hope as “national heroes.”

“Our fallen heroes, national coach Kurt Hector and debutant, Norran Jno Hope are true heroes in every sense of the word, since they died with their boots on, literally. They died in the process of going to do what they loved,” Etiene pointed out.

Kurt Hector, he said was “a very dedicated coach” and one who gave his all. “He took his job seriously and always strived to make his players better. As a former national player Kurt worked hard when representing his country and his commitment was unquestioned and unchallenged. He demanded the same from his players. This dedicated member of staff has left a void within the football family that will be very difficult to fill.”

“Noran Jno Hope was extremely happy to have been selected to the senior national team, having graduated from youth football. His mannerisms and discipline will be forever etched in our memories. His good work ethics is something for others to emulate,” Etienne remarked.

The next few days, he said, will be very trying for all and so he called on persons to focus their efforts on positive thoughts. “Our efforts must also be focused on Joselyn Prince who is still not out of the woods. Let us more than ever, pray for his speedy recovery and for wisdom for the doctors working with him. Let us also remember, in our prayers, the families and friends of Kurt and Noran as well as their team mates from the Sagicor South East football team during this trying and difficult time,” Etiene said.

The sport of football in Dominica, he stated, has lost two of its finest and certainly the sport will not be the same. “To the members of the national team, let me express profound gratitude to you for your courage and strength during this difficult time. You have demonstrated maturity, good statesmanship and sportsmanship and for that we are all proud of you,” Etienne stated.

He extended special thanks to the various individuals and organizations that were on the scene and assisted in one way or the other. This, he said, was truly a great effort and must not go unnoticed.

He warned that this was not a time for the “rumor mill to be churning rapidly”. “Let me call on all those who are bent on mischief to desist from such practice as this does not help the situation and only brings more pain and anguish to the family members of those concerned. In the face of adversity, let us show solidarity not divisiveness,” he stated.

Etienne said the DFA pledges its support to the family and friends of all the families affected by the tragedy.

“These two young lives have been taken away from us like a thief in the night. Indeed, we are truly deprived of their skills and talents. We may never be able to completely get over this loss. We hope that as time passes by, the pain will be more bearably. In this time of profound loss, our only comfort lies in the fact that these two fine gentlemen are in a better place smiling over us and I greeting their maker,” he said.