There are many who have suggested that Quinton Griffith is a natural leader and they expect that one day soon he will be wearing the black armband as Captain of the Antigua and Barbuda national football squad, the Benna Boys.

He certainly has the qualifications, having led the country’s Under-17 and Under 20 squads.

He is especially talented and has a super warm personality, a blend not normally associated with one with a combination of those characteristics.

Griffith could have been a national track star and for the non-believers, he was no slouch when it came to the 100,200 and 800 metres. In 2001 he represented Antigua and Barbuda in the Leeward Islands Games. He also played more than decent lawn tennis.

But Griffith decided that football was his first love and started representing his country at age 16 years having come up through the ranks playing for Urlings, Primary, Jennings Secondary and All Saints United.

Originally a central midfielder he now considers the left-back position as his specialty.

In the 2008-2009 football season, he was voted the league’s MVP in the First Division. He shot 21 goals.

When he played in the premiership in 2010 he shot eight goals and completed six conversions last season.

Griffith describes himself as optimistic and focused and describes playing for his country at any level as “A joy and an honour.”

He lives by a motto which declared that as an individual “You must not let successes get to your head or your failures to your heart.”

Griffith is hoping that he gets an opportunity to play competitive football in Europe but right now his goal is to get help his national team qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

“I think we have a great chance. The thing now is to come out and train hard and with dedication; become totally professional,” he said.

Griffith said he offers credit for his continued development o his father Peterson Griffith, his mother Sandy Griffith, his Aunt Daniella Griffith and his friends and fans.

Courtesy of New Pages