Janoi Donacien is travelling back to St. Lucia to attend his father’s funeral.
The St. Lucian-born footballer, who plays for English league two side Accrington Stanley, will be leaving the team’s training camp so he could return home after receiving the devastating news.
Janoi, 23, was informed by his family in St. Lucia, that his father Cornelius Donacien, 54, of Choiseul, passed away on January 2.
“Janoi is playing on Saturday and will be coming to St. Lucia as soon as possible to attend the funeral of his father in Choiseul. He will be coming with his family to attend the burial. It is a sad occasion for him and his family,” said a family source. “He is taking the time off his busy football schedule to give his father a good send off.”
Cornelius Donatien, better known as Andy, is the father of five boys who will all be attending his funeral. Four of his sons, including Janoi, are in London and the other is in St. Lucia.
Janoi, who moved to the UK with his family from St. Lucia in 2001, has played for several clubs at the youth level. The clubs include Tottenham Hotspur, Luton Town, and Aston Villa.
In 2014, he signed for Accrington Stanley, a league two side, and scored his first goal for the club in a 3-1 defeat to fellow league two side, Newport County.
Janoi’s immigration status made national headlines in the UK in 2012 when he and his family were denied permanent residency by the United Kingdom Home Office. He and his family were eventually granted three years of discretionary leave to remain in the United Kingdom in 2012.
In March 2015, Janoi stated his desire to represent St. Lucia internationally in the near future.
The funeral service will be held in Choiseul next week and the body will be laid to rest at the Choiseul cemetery.