Trinidadian International Player is Anguilla’s new head of women’s football
Published on 14 December 2020
Photo by Intense264: (Centre) Ahkeela Mollon, Anguilla Football Association’s newly appointed Director of Women’s Football
THE VALLEY, Anguilla (December 14, 2020) – Trinidad and Tobago International Forward Ahkeela Mollon is the Anguilla Football Association’s Director for Women’s Development, with a mission to reinvigorate the 20-year old program on the Eastern Caribbean island.
Technical Director Colin Johnson described Mollon’s addition to the Anguilla football fraternity as a major move, saying the association’s vision and mission combined with the new director’s ethos will take women’s football from the shadows to the spotlight.
“When we started women’s football, we kicked off with a bang, but right now we are at a standstill. The men’s program is progressing steadily, and we now need some impetus into the women’s program. We are not only looking to develop the players. We want to empower more women to coach, and as the person at the top, Ahkeela will also be a role model for players and coaches, and she will inspire more women to get involved in football at all levels,” Johnson said.
Mollon’s job, he added, includes helping to develop an overall program, from grassroots to senior women’s, to give Anguillan women’s football a bold, new identity.
Mollon’s two-year tenure began at the end of November, and Johnson’s excitement was palpable.
“One of the most important things, for me, is to have a woman at the top of women’s football. Our women are always willing to play second fiddle to the men, but they are capable of getting their own attention and attracting their own sponsors. They just need to see it done at the highest level, and Ahkeela brings that kind of spirit to football in terms of her passion and determination,” Johnson said.
Mollon, described as one of the region’s finest female players, is the first Trinidadian to earn a professional contract in Europe, competing in Sweden and Iceland. She also played for University of South Carolina, Trinidad’s Central FC and the W-League’s Charlotte Lady Eagles.