A Guyanese-born soccer player, who became the first Black to play the sport at the top level in Britain, has been posthumously inducted into the Scottish Soccer Hall of Fame.
Born in then British Guiana in 1857 to a Scottish sugar planter and a local woman, Andrew Watson enrolled at Glasgow University in 1875 where he studied Math, Natural Philosophy and Civil Engineering.
The soccer pioneer played for Maxwell and Parkgrove before signing for Queen’s Park – then Britain’s top soccer club – which he captained to several Scottish Cup wins. He was also the club’s secretary.
The defender won three Scotland caps in 1881-1882, helping the team to two victories over England and one against Wales, with 16 goals scored and three conceded in the process. In 1882, he was the first Black to play in the Football Association Cup for London club, Swifts. Two years later, he became the first Black player to be invited to join Corinthians, a team that allowed only 50 elite members.
Watson died in Sydney, Australia in 1902 at age 44.
Meanwhile, host country Equatorial Guinea is the new African women soccer champions. They overwhelmed South Africa 4-1 in the final earlier this month.
Cameroon defeated defending champions Nigeria 1-0 in the third-place playoff game. The Nigerians have dominated the competition since its inception in 1998, winning six titles. The West African country’s only failure was in 2008, when Equatorial Guinea emerged victorious.
Coach Kadiri Ikhana took responsibility for Nigeria’s failure by quitting after the defeat.
“I resigned over my failure to meet my personal target of lifting the trophy,” he said.