The UNC’s candidate for the Tunapuna constituency is DAVID NAKHID, former national footballer, and founder of the David Nakhid International Academy. (Image courtesy UNC)

Former national footballer, David Nakhid, has been chosen by the United National Congress (UNC) as the party’s candidate to contest the Tunapuna seat, in the upcoming General Elections, scheduled to take place before year’s end.

Confirmation came in an official statement issued by the party on Sunday.

The UNC is expected to continue screening for additional candidates over the next week.

The full text of the UNC statement follows…


The United National Congress Screening Committee has chosen former National Footballer and International player Mr David Martin Nakhid as the candidate for the Tunapuna constituency in the 2020 General Elections.

Mr Nakhid has long been a staunch supporter of the UNC and an avid believer in the leadership of Kamla Persad Bissessar. The UNC will continue to choose the best candidates who will work in the interest of the people. Our party believes in continuity and the inclusion of new faces who have the best interest of our nation at heart. Mr Nakhid has proven himself a person of high integrity, fierce patriotism and a deep desire to contribute towards the development of Trinidad and Tobago.

The people of Tunapuna and the nation are no stranger to David as he has been active in International Football from the early 1980’s, and at present as he runs the David Nakhid International Academy. Previously he served as the Chief Scout and Assistant Coach for the Trinidad and Tobago National World Cup Team.

He holds a degree in International Relations and Economics.

As the candidate for Tunanpuna and the eventual Member of Parliament, David is committed to representing the forgotten man as the people have been without proper representation under the Keith Rowley administration. The young people especially remain close to David’s heart as he has seen so many talented youths led astray by the lack of opportunity and dim future under this present administration.

David has expressed his full confidence in the plans and policies of the UNC in taking this nation forward and transforming it into a first world nation. He has also expressed his trust and faith in the leadership of the Political Leader Kamla Persad Bissessar as she alone has the will to enable this change so desperately needed to rescue our nation from the dangerous incompetent Rowley regime.

Screening continues next week as the UNC continues to build a team to take Trinidad and Tobago forward.

Candidate Info: David Martin Nakhid – Tunapuna

Mr David Martin Nakhid, a name familiar to everyone in Trinidad and Tobago has always been a man proud of his roots in Trinidad and Tobago. In his rise to International Football stardom, David remained true to the people of this great nation.

Being born in Port of Spain in 1964, David being a talented and gifted footballer attended the American University where he obtained a BA in International Relations. Afterwards he went on to place T&T on the International map by starring as a professional footballer across the world. After David Nakhid played as a professional in Belgium, Switzerland, Greece, Lebanon, Trinidad and Tobago, the United States, Sweden, and the United Arab Emirates where he excelled as a son of T&T.

A humble family man, David is a father of three and has always yearned to contribute in another meaningful way to the development of his homeland. Being blessed with the opportunities that came with being an international footballer he has obtained a vast amount of skills throughout his career from being a FIFA presidential candidate to debating in Europe against the likes of FIFA General Secretary Jerome Champagne.

Wanting the children of Trinidad and Tobago to grow up in a safe nation filled with opportunities, Nakhid has decided to enter politics as the representative for Tunapuna. He was drawn to Tunapuna because of the immense potential of the young people as well as the wealth of experience among the elders. He sees his role as working to bring the community together and using his international experience to transform the constituency. He has always held true to the belief that the nation has the best chance of moving forward under the UNC and with Kamla Persad Bissessar’s leadership style of inclusion, he has been encouraged to serve.

As a father, David wants all children to have the best possible life in Trinidad and Tobago and he is confident that the UNC will provide that future.