No change of heart for Tre Ming despite Charity Cup goal
Tre Ming is adamant he will not go back on his intended retirement plans despite helping North Village clinch the first piece of silverware by lifting the Charity Cup.
In the aftermath of last season’s FA Cup success, in which Village overcame Ming’s former side PHC, the 28-year-old spoke of his intention to call time on his career.
However, Ming was back in Village’s starting line-up on Saturday, playing a starring role which included scoring the second goal of the game as his side again prevailed over PHC with a 2-0 success.
Despite his obvious ability to still make a telling contribution ahead of the new campaign, Ming reiterated his desire to hang up his boots, revealing his decision to play on Sunday was driven by a wish to honour former PHC captain Marco Warren, who died after a suspected hit-and-run incident in May.
“Mentally I’m still retired, but the sudden passing of Marco sparked something in me to give back at least one more game, which was this one,” said Ming, who joined both sets of players, coaches and fans in a minute of silence before kick-off.
“It meant a lot to score today, because for me it was like a testimonial for Marco and that’s why my celebration was the way it was.
“However, I definitely still feel like this is it for me. Towards the end of the game my body was reminding me the reasons why I retired in the first place.
“I also feel like my competitive nature is dying down as well. That old spark on the field is no longer there like it was.
“However, I still have a passion for the game and I want to hopefully use that in a coaching role as opposed to playing. I will still probably stay registered just in case the team desperately need me at some point, but I definitely still intend for this to be it for me in terms of playing regularly.”
With the new Bermuda Premier Division campaign looming, Ming believes Village can use the Charity Cup triumph as a springboard to challenge for further titles.
“This team still has a long way to go, but we can definitely use this as a building block,” added Ming, who highlighted the added quality within the squad following the arrivals of forwards Jordan Outerbridge and De’Andre Wainwright, who opened the scoring on Saturday in spectacular fashion with a superb free-kick.
“Despite people seeing this [Charity Cup] as a pre-season match it is still a trophy and every team wants to be competing for titles, no matter the competition.
“Having players like De’Andre and Jordan gives us a new spark and advantage going forward. They are a both a threat in different ways and that is great for us heading into the new season.”