Vol. 5 Num 105 Tue. September 07, 2004  

Reggae Boyz star killed

Former Jamaica midfielder Winston Anglin was among a group of ex-footballers killed in a road accident on the way home from watching their country's World Cup qualifier against Panama, police said on Sunday.

The 39-year-old Anglin, a gritty player with a sharp temper, won 83 caps for the Reggae Boyz between 1986 and 1996.

A police spokesman said Anglin and four local club players were returning to their home in Montego Bay from Saturday night's CONCACAF game in Kingston, which Panama won 2-1, when their car overturned, hit a rock and landed upside down.

Anglin died in hospital shortly afterwards while the other four died on the spot, police said.

The crash occurred close to the scene of an accident that claimed the life of former Reggae Boy Clive 'Shorty' Malcolm in January 2001.

The controversial Anglin spent three years in a United States prison between 1997 and 2000 for cocaine trafficking and possession after Miami police found him with 16 condoms stuffed with the drug in his stomach.

He returned to Jamaica shortly after being released on parole and continued to play club football, doing so well that his supporters waged numerous calls for his return to the national team.

But his drug conviction and numerous battles with match officials forced national coaches to ignore his claims for a recall.