Carib soccer tour: meet the versatile Charleau

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Jamaica Gleaner

ONE of the most versatile players coming on the Caribbean Combined Soccer XI for the tournament beginning on Monday February 18 against Jamaica at Sabina Park is Delbert Charleau. He hails from Trinidad and is no stranger to representative football.

Born in Trinidad on January 26, 1925, this player made his debut in first class soccer in 1941 when he played at inside left and right wing for "Rochford FC" champions of S.A.F.A. First League Shield for three consecutive years.

He was awarded his Trinidad Cap when selected to play at right half against Jamaica and British Guiana in Trinidad: In 1948 he represented Trinidad again at Surinam and on his return toured British Guiana in November with a South Trinidad side.

In 1949 he toured Haiti, Puerto Rico and Jamaica. In 1950 he again went to British Guiana with an all Trinidad side and later that year he represented Trinidad at home in a Triangular series between Surinam, Curacao and Trinidad as the host team. In 1951 he again represented Trinidad in Guadeloupe.