Ronnie Brunswijk Suriname football news: Inter Moengotapoe vs Olimpia: wanted politician plays at 60
The vice president of a 60-year-old country – who has 50 children – has broken records with the team he owns.
The vice-president of the Central American country Suriname has broken records by selecting himself to play in a Champions League game for the team he owns.
The story of the wanted 60-year-old Ronnie Brunswijk is too bonkers to even attempt to put it into words.
Here are some of the man’s references:
– He is the father of 50 children
– He is the owner of Inter Moengotapoe football club, which plays home games at a stadium named after him
– He is a former rebel leader and army sergeant during the overthrow of the Surinamese government in a 1980 military coup.
– He is a wealthy businessman and politician, having helped current President Chan Santokhi take power after the two had already chased each other across the civil war.
– He’s a former bank robber and gold baron, according to The New York Times
– Designated in parts of the country as a Robin Hood-like character for generously donating to his poor supporters, including stories of him throwing money from a helicopter floating above a crowd of supporters; and
– He cannot leave the country because he is wanted by Interpol after being found
guilty in absentia of drug trafficking and sentenced to eight years in prison by a Dutch court, former colonial ruler of Suriname. He was also ordered to serve a 10-year sentence in France after being found guilty of the same charges.
His dramatic life is back in the headlines after a viral video emerged on Wednesday of the stocky specimen selecting himself to play 54 minutes in his side’s big international game against Honduran team Olimpia.
The sight of the disabled owner trying to race in an elite level competition drew chuckles from all corners of cyberspace.
His record as the oldest player to ever play in an international game at the Confederation of Football Association of North America, Central America and the Caribbean (Concacaf) level has sparked an investigation of the governing body.
As AFP reports, Concacaf has opened a disciplinary investigation after Brunswijk chose himself from the starting lineup.
In case you were wondering, the decision to select himself exploded in his face, not that he really seemed to care.
Here are some other facts to note about Brunswijk’s big appearance:
– The team lost 6-0
– He named himself captain
– He bought the team when his son, Damian Brunswijk joined the team
– The father-son combo played 29 minutes together
– He had no professional football experience
– He cannot play the second leg of the Champions League game in Honduras because he is wanted – and Honduras have an extradition treaty with France and the Netherlands
– He wore jersey No. 61 to celebrate his year of birth; and
– He walked into Olimpia’s locker room after the game and handed out $ 100 bills to players on the team who had just beaten his.
The moment he handed out banknotes to opposition players was captured in a second video which also goes viral
It triggered a swift response from the international governing body.
“We are extremely concerned about the content of a video circulating on social media which raises potential integrity concerns regarding the Concacaf League game between Inter Moengotapoe and CD Olimpia,” Concacaf said in a statement. .
“The matter is referred to the Concacaf Disciplinary Committee who will open a formal investigation and a further update will be provided when this process is completed.”
Today Brunswijk is a wealthy businessman and politician, but in 1999 he was convicted in absentia of drug trafficking and sentenced to eight years in prison by a Dutch court, a former colonial ruler. from Suriname.
A French court found him guilty of the same crime and in 2000 sentenced him to 10 years in prison.
Brunswijk is safe at home, however, as Suriname does not extradite its citizens. First elected to parliament in 2005, Brunswijk formed an alliance with the leader of the main political opposition, former justice minister Chandrikapersad Santokhi.
Brunswijk will not be in his side’s second leg in Honduras as he cannot leave the country without risking legal problems.