RICHARD CHINAPOO can arguably be considered as the Trinidad and Tobago Footballer scoring the greatest number of goals in the post- Independence period. This “Goal-scoring Machine”, playing his football mostly in the United States of America (USA), in the period 1978-2001, scored over three hundred goals (307) at an average of fifteen goals a season. If, we, however, take into account the one hundred and fifty-one goals, scored in the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) over the period 1984-1992, the average is closer to nineteen goals per season. What a tremendous achievement!
Chinapoo was born on 18 January, 1957 in San Juan, Trinidad. He began playing his football at the Secondary School level with Trinity College, in the mid-1970s. He then went on to play with Malvern United and San Juan Jabloteh, before migrated to New York in 1978.
Richard Chinapoo represented Trinidad and Tobago at the international level in five (5) games, during the decade 1980-1989. In his first game against Haiti in 1980 T&T won 1-0 in a World Cup Qualifier. He, however, had to wait another eight (8) years before he was next selected against Honduras, in a World Cup qualifying match in 1988, at home. The game was drawn at 0-0 with the return match also ending in a 1-1 draw.
In the heat of the campaign to qualify for the 1990 World Cup in Italy, Chinapoo was selected to play against both Costa Rica and Panama, in June and September respectively, of 1989. In the first game Costa Rica won on a 1-0 result. But T&T exacted revenge in a comprehensive 4-0 victory in the return match.