National Technical Director of the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association (ABFA) Rolston “Debu” Williams passed today at Mount St.John’s Medical Centre.
Williams, also Technical Director of the Parham F.C, was know for his passion and love for the sport, leading Parham to six (6) ABFA Premier Division championships.
A number of coaches who worked with Debu in the ABFA programme and at the Ministry of Sports have been expressing their sadness via the whatsapp group chat which Williams was part of. We have permission to share a few.
“We have lost a legend and good person. RIP my brother” -Vernon Epilus Edwards Jr.,President, Head Coach Empire FC, Sports Desk Pointeville Communications.
“Just hearing the news.. shocking news we were just with him strong and good last week…smh my condolences to the family may his soul rest peacefully.” -Lenny Hewlett, Coaching Educator, ABFA.
“I Want to convey my sincerest condolences to the family of Debu Williams, on his sudden passing. The footballing fraternity will indeed be mourning this death…..with tremendous sadness! May his soul rest peacefully in the arms of the football celestial beings. Your dynamic, and consistent and positive and serious contributions will certainly be missed, in more ways than one!” -Micah Samuel, former National Coach.
“I am really sorry to hear of the passing of Rolston This news was shocking to me as I was unaware he was still ailing. Please share my sincerest condolences to his family and the Football family in Antigua. May he rest in peace.” -Daryll Michael Vice President, ABFA, and president and coach of Rangers.
“Devastating news . May the soul of my dear brother SIP. God bless the Family. This is truly a sad day for Football.” -Vincent Nabu Samuel, National Coaching Programme Ministry of Sports and ABFA National Coach.
President of the National Olympic Committee Honourable E.P. Chet Greene shared his sentiments. “Despite knowing that he was ailing, I was shocked at the passing of my friend and comrade, Rolstan ‘Debu’ Williams. Debu was a servant of football and a warrior for his community of Parham. His passion for both was always in evidence and his penchant for excellence was his motivation. My dear departed friend was fiercely competitive but had difficulty getting his employer, ABFA and his charges to embrace and share his passion.
Debu left us at a time when we need him most. Let us not lose sight of his vision, his passion and enthusiasm. May his Soul Rest In Peace and find favor with his maker at his calling.”