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Re: TTFA News Thread.
« Reply #180 on: March 22, 2018, 02:08:32 AM »
T&TFA faces Fifa sanctions.
By Walter Alibey (Guardian).


It's now a race against time unknown before the T&T Football Association (TTFA) faces sanctions from the world governing body for football - (The Federation of International Football Associations -FIFA), for its inability to submit audited financial statements for the year 2016 in time.

This sanction will prevent the embattled football association from receiving annual subventions from FIFA for yet another time. Ironically, David John-Williams, the TTFA president, in just over a year of him assuming office, boasted of his association's achievement by providing the FIFA with audited financial statements which had been withheld for many years under then president and special adviser Oliver Camps and Jack Warner.

Now John-Williams could have himself to blame if sanctions are imposed on the TTFA, as he failed to adhere to the sport's constitution which allows adjourned meetings to proceed whether a quorum exists or not.

The annual general meeting was initially held on November 28 last year and comprised a full quorum, but it had to be adjourned after John-Williams called in sick. Afterwards there were four unsuccessful attempts to complete the meeting and ratify the 2016 financial statements.

John-Williams failed to attend two other meetings as he was on official FIFA duty, while the other two times delegates of clubs in the regional associations- Northern Football Association (NFA), Southern FA, Eastern FA, Central FA, Tobago FA and the Eastern Counties Football Union (ECFU), the 22 Super League teams, 10 T&T Pro League clubs, as well as the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL), Primary Schools Football League, WolF, referees association and futsal, have all failed to attend the AGM to make up a quorum.

In the last attempt on Saturday John-Williams adjourned the meeting saying he felt it unethical to deal with such an issue without a quorum.

The TTFA now has an unknown deadline to submit its financial statements to the FIFA. Attempts to verify the deadline date were unsuccessful as calls to the phones of John-Williams, general secretary Justin Latapy-George, vice president Ewing Davis, and Joanne Salazar, vice president of the TTFA, went unanswered.

Meanwhile, the football association will be expected to submit its financial statements for 2017 by June.

Former referee Osmond Downer, who is considered a dictionary on the sport's constitutional said, a reconvened AGM need a quorum only in the case of an election or dismissal of an officer. "Dealing with financials is not an issue that requires a quorum," Downer explained.

Though the football boss was chastised for his decision he also received sympathy from many who turned their focus on club delegates and accused them of dereliction of duty. Downer said if the delegates showed up for meetings there could be no adjournments, noting the delegates are just as guilty as John-Williams.

Board member Anthony Moore, who did not attend the meeting Saturday due to ongoing problems with the sea-bridge, believes there could be concerns that some clubs could be non-compliant which is why they have consistently stayed away from meetings.

Non compliant club delegates can sit in meetings, but only as observers.

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Re: TTFA News Thread.
« Reply #181 on: March 22, 2018, 06:17:10 AM »

Board member Anthony Moore, who did not attend the meeting Saturday due to ongoing problems with the sea-bridge, believes there could be concerns that some clubs could be non-compliant which is why they have consistently stayed away from meetings.

Non compliant club delegates can sit in meetings, but only as observers.



Mr. Moore is always going on about compliant clubs, referring to the Club Licensing that TTFA is obligated to carry out. My big problem with him is he is very much like Latapy-George, Michele Lynch and the sorry bunch - they don't respond nor acknowledge requests for information.
TTFA is required to develop and distribute its Club Licensing regulations. I've been trying to get my hands on it for about a year all to no avail. If one of you are more fortunate than I, please help a brother out.  :pissedoff: :cursing: :bs:
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Re: TTFA News Thread.
« Reply #182 on: March 24, 2018, 05:03:23 AM »
Wallace: It can’t be business as usual! TTFA membership urged to meet on DJW’s behaviour.
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“There is a feeling among members that it cannot be ‘business as usual’ if the affairs of the organisation continue to be in a state of abeyance.”

The following is a letter from Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) president William Wallace to the TTFA membership inviting them to meet to consider a response to president David John-Williams’ controversially postponed AGM on 17 March 2018:

Dear Members,

You are invited to a meeting of the membership of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association, carded for Friday 23rd March at 6:00pm at the media room, National Cycling Velodrome, Balmain, Couva.

There is a feeling among  members that it cannot be ‘business as usual’ if the affairs of the organisation continue to be in a state of abeyance. There are several questions posed, to the Executive, which to date have not been answered. The AGM was called in November and is still ongoing among many other matters.

We strongly believe that this is an opportunity for members to decide the way forward.

Note that this is not a political intervention but instead a chance for you to voice your concerns so that collectively we can demand what is our rights as members.

Regards,
William Wallace,
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Re: TTFA News Thread.
« Reply #183 on: March 24, 2018, 05:03:39 AM »
Look Loy slams TTFA bid to host two more tourneys after TT$.5 million loss from U-20 competition.
By Lasana Liburd (Wired868).


Financial recklessness!

Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) board member Keith Look Loy has accused president David John-Williams of financial irresponsibility and violating the local football body’s governing structure. The charges come in response to the TTFA’s announcement of its intention to host women’s senior team competitions in April and May.

The TTFA confirmed on Monday that Trinidad will host one of four groups—each involving four nations—in the Women’s Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Challenge Series between 25 and 30 April. And, according to Look Loy, the football body also made a bid for the right to stage another CFU Women’s competition in May, which will serve as the opening qualifying round for the France 2019 Women’s World Cup.

“Playing at home is a good thing but you have to be able to afford it,” said Look Loy. “It is more expensive to host a tournament than to go abroad [and play] and the TTFA is financially unable to host a tournament at present—no matter the size.”

Wired868 understands that the TTFA spent TT$635,921 on the January 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 tournament while income amounted to just TT$91,077, which means a loss of TT$544,844.

For Look Loy, it is inconceivable that, even as the John-Williams-led TTFA Board pleads with CONCACAF for financial assistance with its bills from the January competition, it is actively seeking to host more tournaments.

“On the heels of that [financial loss], John-Williams, as communicated to us by [general secretary] Justin Latapy-George, spoke to [technical director Anton] Corneal and [director of football Muhammad] Isa and made the decision to apply to host this tournament in May,” said Look Loy. “[…] We lost half a million dollars in January [and] we are coming in April and hosting a tournament that nobody knows about. And now we hear that we holding a larger tournament in May.”

Look Loy, who joined the TTFA board in January, claimed the TTFA’s proposal to host the two competitions was presented to the board as a “fait accompli” and accused John-Williams of riding roughshod over the football body’s governance structures.

“This is financial recklessness in the extreme and, on top of that, it is disrespectful and contemptuous to the functions of the TTFA,” said Look Loy. “We forget that the TTFA president and the other elected officers are subject to the Board and the Board itself is subject to the general meeting. People here get in to Cabinet and feel they own the country!

“You can’t be handing decisions to the Board; the Board is supposed to make the decisions!”

Look Loy further suggested that the financial well-being of the TTFA was being jeopardised for the sake of John-Williams’ ego and international ambitions.

“Based on what I know, the TTFA is in no position to host any tournament of any size at any level,” said the Trinidad and Tobago Super League (TTSL) president. “But we keep doing it because there are people in the TTFA who want to raise their profile and their international status.

“They have their own agenda at the international level and to hell with the financial implications on our Association and its long-term existence.”

John-Williams’ financial stewardship of the TTFA is a contentious issue, particularly after the president was absent for two successive AGMs at which approval of the football body’s financial statement was on the agenda and controversially called off the third one—apparently in contravention of the Constitution.

Halfway through his term, the John-Williams-led Board still has not appointed a finance committee, which often leaves the President to negotiate contracts on his own.

In December 2017, John-Williams signed off on a three-year deal with Creative Group for a giant digital board that will cost the football body close to TT$600,000. The giant screen debuted for the 2017 TTFA FA Cup, which was won by John-Williams’ W Connection Football Club and was used for the CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 competition.

Wired868 understands Board members were told the digital board had the potential to be a money spinner with companies paying to advertise during international sporting events there.

Yet, while there has been no sign of income from the piece of equipment to date, the Women’s Under-20 Team technical staff lamented that there was no money left for international warm-up games in the immediate build-up to the competition, which saw the host team finish dead last.

In February, the Senior Women’s Team also pulled out of the prestigious Cyprus Women’s Cup owing to a lack of funding while Italian coach Carolina Morace left her post in mid-2017 after complaining of having had to go three months without pay.

There have been issues regarding late payments to players and staff of the men’s teams too. And John-Williams’ supposedly abrasive and arrogant attitude with creditors is believed to have contributed to a legal bill of over TT$1.2 million in his first year in office, which was more than 15 times the TT$82,270 spent on legal fees in 2015 under his predecessor, Raymond Tim Kee.

The TTFA’s legal fees in 2017 are expected to climb higher still after unsuccessful tangles with Telemundo, former general secretary Sheldon Phillips and former referees department head Ramesh Ramdhan.

Additionally, former technical director Kendall Walkes, former head coach Stephen Hart and the National Futsal Team have all initiated legal action against the John-Williams-led TTFA Board.

However, although Look Loy, North Zone president Anthony Harford, Referees Football Association (TTRFA) vice-president Osmond Downer and Veteran Footballers Foundation (VFFOTT) president Selby Browne have pleaded for details on the TTFA’s construction of a technical training centre and hotel—dubbed the “Home of Football”—Board member Wayne Cunningham insisted that the work at the Couva venue was sanctioned by the relevant bodies.

Cunningham, who represents the Eastern Football Association (EFA), declined to give any details on the cost of the project, the tendering process or the successful contractor. But he insisted that every step of the project had been validated by the Board.

“You will have to ask the President and General Secretary for information on that,” Cunningham told Wired868. “Only they are allowed to speak on it. But everything was approved by the Board.”

Cunningham, who is serving as TTFA press officer with the Soca Warriors in Guadeloupe at present, refused to answer any question on the TTFA’s decision to host the upcoming women’s competitions.

Look Loy was not yet a Board member when decisions regarding the Home of Football were made and he said that the general secretariat has not so far provided him with any details. He slammed the secrecy surrrounding the project, which, he reiterated, was the business of all TTFA stakeholders and not just the Board.

“I asked them to release to me all information surrounding this project […] on Boxing Day and I still know nothing,” said Look Loy. “This is not the private information of the President and General Secretary or even the Board; the owners of the TTFA are the members and the football fraternity and they should be apprised. Instead, it is like a lodge secret.

“They are not even responding to the legitimate request of a board member now; and, in the absence of facts, people will speculate. Remember this is TTFA money that is being spent, not the money of the President or any Board member.

“We need an end to the secrecy and a beginning of transparency. There are legitimate bodies who should have this information made available to them and [failure to do so] is very disrespectful.”

Up to the time of publication, John-Williams had not responded to a Wired868 request for comment regarding the perceived value of hosting the two upcoming CFU tournaments or the TTFA’s spending on the digital scoreboard and the Home of Football.

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Re: TTFA News Thread.
« Reply #184 on: March 28, 2018, 08:06:03 PM »
TTFA partners with UEFA for three-day strategic workshop for Pro League and overview of football in T&T
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The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association will host a three-day workshop in collaboration with UEFA which will focus on the Overview of Football in Trinidad and Tobago, the structure of the FA and a proposed plan for the T&T Pro League.

Following discussions with CONCACAF and UEFA led by TTFA President David John-Williams, UEFA has agreed to visit these shores to offer its expert advice during the three-day workshop.

Leading the contingent at the workshop which runs from April 4th-6th will be Eva Pasquier, head of international relations at UEFA. She has has also served as a FIFA Senior Development Manager, Europe and Oceania.

Promoting, protecting and developing football is one of UEFA’s central objectives, and to complement all the work done in Europe, UEFA has created a global programme which will increase solidarity and put Football First around the world.

Discussions during the workshop will be geared around the core objectives and strategy of the T&T Pro league, resource analysis and situational analysis; Good Governance – the legal structure of the Association/League and Clubs in T&T, the key elements to be considered when creating a new league structure; Creating a sponsorship strategy, building a sponsorship platform for the league and understanding what resources are required; Creating the League Brand and Digital Platforms – how to build a marketing platform that will engage all key stakeholders.

Pro League Interim CEO Julia Baptiste stated that the assistance from UEFA and the TTFA was most welcomed at this time.

“This particular initiative  is ideal for us at this  time as we strive to take the League to a higher level and towards being on a level that is similar to some of the more established leagues across the globe. Anything that will improve our capacity through proper guidance of personnel with an established track record such as UEFA is highly welcomed by the Pro League and will only auger well for the League its quest to improve for the future,” Baptiste stated.

Central FC owner Brent Sancho echoed similar sentiments, stating, “I  believe this is a welcomed and well received initiative for not only the club owners who have of course given life service towards developing the young people of this country and the league  in terms of charting a way forward.

“I think it is also a great initiative for stakeholders in this country such as the Government –  Ministry of Sport, Ministry of National Security and Ministry of Tourism with regards to sports tourism and corporate T&T and with all entities coming together, it can now foster and chart a way forward for professional football in this country which I believe that without such, will see a decline in our national programmes and an escalation in our social ill behaviour,” added the former National Player.

Among the presenters will be Kenny MacLeod, whose role  within the UEFA ASSIST Programme is to support developing Federations around the globe grow their commercial, media, digital marketing and match day knowledge. The other presenter is Efraim Barak who is an Arbitrator at the CAS-TAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport). He is one of the founders, a member and a member of the Board of RexSport, as well as a member of the International Association of Football Lawyers (AIAF)
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Re: TTFA News Thread.
« Reply #185 on: March 31, 2018, 05:16:30 AM »
Look Loy’s appointment in fray at question.
By Walter Alibey (Guardian).


The appointment of T&T Super League (TTSL) president Keith Look Loy to the board of the T&T Football Association (TTFA) could take centre stage when today’s reconvened annual general meeting (AGM) of the TTFA is held at the National Cycling Centre (NCC) in Balmain, Couva.

A member of the board, speaking to Guardian Media Sports on condition of anonymity, said that TTFA president David John-Williams, who is also chairman at the AGM, is set to argue that the election of the TTSL’s representative Look-Loy was illegal, as he believes there was no quorum when the November 25 reconvened meeting took place on December 23 last year, and it did not have the presence of the chairman due to ill health.

The TTFA president received the backings of Zvonimir Boban, the FIFA deputy general secretary, who in a response to a letter from John-Williams, said in his written response last last week, “According to the information reported in your letter, we deem that the decisions to reconvene the General Meetings of December 9, 2017 and March 17, 2018 would appear to have been in line with the relevant provisions of the TTFA Statutes, as on both occasions the quorum was not achieved 30 minutes after the scheduled start of the meetings. Furthermore, we also underline that since the election of a member of the TTFA board of directors is on the agenda, a quorum will be required at the next duly convened general meeting.”

Reports emerging from the last reconvened meeting on March 17 stated the lack of a quorum to discuss the critical matter of the TTFA’s audited financial statement, led John-Williams to adjourn the meeting, though his association’s constitution stated otherwise.

Only last week Osmond Downer, considered an expert on T&TFA constitutional interpretations, explained that for a reconvened meeting, an adjournment was only necessary when dealing with election or dismissal of an officer or officers.

John-Williams in his letter to FIFA pointed out, “If a quorum is not achieved 30 minutes after the scheduled start of the general meeting, the general meeting shall be reconvened 14 days later at the same place or at a venue notified by the general secretary at least seven days prior to the meeting date.”

He added, “Article 24 par. 3 of the TTFA Statutes reads -A quorum is not required for the second meeting of the general meeting unless any item on the agenda proposes the amendment of the constitution, the election of a member of the board of directors, the dismissal of a member of a body of TTFA, the expulsion of a Member or the dissolution of TTFA.”

It means today’s AGM will require a quorum, a minimum of 25 members out of a total of 49, which is still likely to pose a challenge due to the reluctance of delegates to show at meetings.

Meanwhile, John-Williams could be in for a surprise with delegates planning to move a motion and reappoint Look Loy as the TTSL representative, if it becomes an issue. Apart from Look Loy, Sam Phillip who resigned as chairman of the T&T Pro League three weeks ago, was also elected as pro league representative at the December 23 meeting.

Contacted Look Loy assured he was legally elected, as the December 23 meeting did have a quorum.

“It was adjourned only because there was no one to address the financial matters,” Look Loy explained.

He believes John-Williams is attempting to remove him because of his willingness to oppose the wrongdoings in the management of the sport.

The former FC Santa Rosa coach is promising that if John-Williams attempts to adjourn the meeting for yet another time, he will rally other delegates to vote for a chairman to ensure the meeting goes on according to the constitution.

He believes Boban’s call for a quorum Saturday is based on inaccurate information fed to him by the president.

Look Loy is also set to raise concerns about approval granted by the TTFA to host two Caribbean Football Union (CFU) women’s tournaments next month and another in May.

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Re: TTFA News Thread.
« Reply #186 on: April 02, 2018, 07:03:07 AM »
TTFA financial statements rejected at AGM.
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MEMBERS of the TT Football Association rejected financial statements presented by the president of the Association David John-Williams and the board at the Annual General Meeting (AGM), on Saturday, as the financial statements lacked detail.

Members of the TTFA, along with board members and John-Williams discussed various issues in an 11-hour meeting at the National Cycling Centre in Couva.

The meeting was called to discuss three main items – the activity report for 2016/2017, the audited financial statements for 2016 and the budget for 2018.

Keith Look Loy, who was recently elected on the TTFA board, speaking about the financial statements said, “The financial statement was rejected as not being detailed enough.

The meeting ordered the president and the board of the TTFA to have more information and more detail included in the audited financial statement and to resubmit it along with a budget for 2018 at an extraordinary general meeting to be called in 60 days.”

Look Loy said proper financial statements must be presented, as a lack of detail will not encourage the support of world football body FIFA.

“It starts with the president and it filters down into the board. It is not the president alone that has failed, the board has failed to manage the association properly and to be transparent. If the TTFA cannot present a proper financial statement to FIFA then it has implications for the financial arrangement with FIFA and the financial support of FIFA, so this is a serious matter,” Look Loy said.

Also, in the meeting it was decided that a proper technical committee would be established with the responsibility to create a development plan for football and examine the structure of our local competitions, in particular the difficult times the Pro League is having with funding.

Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva is now known as the home of football. However, the proper procedure was not followed in starting the expansion of the facility recently. Therefore the project on the Couva facility was ordered to stop. Look Loy said, “The meeting ordered a stop to work (on the home of football), because the meeting believes that no contract has been approved for work by the board of directors and the meeting is of the view that the president has awarded at least one contract without the approval of the board.”

Look Loy explained that people are also not happy that international matches are being played at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva at a loss.

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« Reply #187 on: April 02, 2018, 07:08:04 AM »
The Ato Boldon Stadium: the temporary home of football.
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« Reply #188 on: April 03, 2018, 04:56:06 AM »
TTFA offers “update” but few answers on controversial Home of Football project, on eve of AGM.
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The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) has offered an “update” on the state of construction at its Home of Football project, just 24 hours before what is likely to be a heated AGM at the Cycling Centre in Couva.

The construction of a technical centre, players’ hotel, entertainment centre and training pitches—and, more specifically, its tendering process—has been a sore topic for months with TTFA president David John-Williams, general secretary Justin Latapy-George unwilling and/or unable to answer questions on it from the football body’s own members, let alone the media.

There was still no answer to the pertinent questions today but the TTFA did offer some details on the construction work, complete with aerial photographs and a video.

The narration for the video was done by Board member Wayne Cunningham rather than TTFA press officer Shaun Fuentes.

The following is the TTFA release:

As a matter of public interest here is an update on the TTFA Home of Football project.

In August 2017 the Government of Trinidad and Tobago approved a long awaited request, when it granted 7.64 hectors of land to the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association in order to establish a home for football.

The land is separated into three main parcels, one located in close proximity to the National Cycling Center and two west of the Ato Boldon Stadium. The association quickly mobilized in order to make this distant dream a reality and got approval from FIFA for the ‘go ahead’ in September with the official Sod Turning ceremony being held on September 29.

After countless brain storming and planning sessions the plans for various aspects of the project were approved and sent to Town and Country Planning for final approval on the building projects which finally came in February 2018.

At the time of this update, two new training fields are 90% completed and the foundation has been laid for the Athletes Accommodation facility. The “Income Generation Project” (which include, small goal pitches, the Beach Football pitch as well as the bar and recreational area) 50% completed.

With offices for the TTFA, TT Pro League, TT Super League, SSFL, WoLF and Referees’ Department already relocated or established at the Ato Boldon Stadium, The Home of Football is now a reality.

The following is Keith Look Loy’s Boxing Day 2017 Request for information on the TTFA Home of Football project, which was sent to general secretary Justin Latapy-George and copied to president David John-Williams and his Board of directors:

Dear Sir,

As a new TTFA Board member, I obviously lack intimate knowledge of key areas of TTFA work, programmes and projects. Accordingly, I have decided to seek relevant information in several areas, one of which is the technical centre now under construction in Balmain.

I would appreciate information re: the following:

The contribution of FIFA, TTFA and Government to the project and the overall project budget.

The names of all companies/parties which submitted construction/professional bids in connection with said construction.

The TTFA body or personnel which/who selected the contractor and any sub-contractors now engaged on the project.

The name of the project manager.

The name of the contractor and any sub-contractors engaged in the project.

The quantum, duration and terms of all project contracts.

The current financial and construction status of the project.

Clearly, your response would be appreciated prior to the January 2018 Board meeting.

I thank you in advance for your co-operation.

Editor’s Note: According to Look Loy, the TTFA is yet to provide a satisfactory response to his questions.

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« Reply #189 on: April 05, 2018, 01:42:23 AM »
TTFA AGM: DJW struggles to provide answers on Home of Football contracts and “sweetheart” i95.5FM deal.
By Lasana Liburd (Wired868).


Mysterious construction contracts without Board approval, national football coaches operating without oversight and a secret “sweetheart deal” with i95.5FM were among the controversial revelations yesterday as the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) held a marathon AGM at the Cycling Centre in Couva.

There were roughly 45 delegates and board members at one point yesterday for a memorable session that lasted over 11 hours, as participants rallied on coffee, water and one snack box—a sandwich, slice of cake, cookie and four grapes.

TTFA president David John-Williams was still in charge at the end, as no no confidence motion came from the floor. However, it was a bruising day for the businessman and W Connection owner, who was forced to make multiple concessions and was overruled on several occasions.

“What came out yesterday proved that lies were told to us,” Northern Football Association (NFA) president Anthony Harford told Wired868, “and there was a level of deceit and one-mannism in the football fraternity.

“Decisions claimed to be made by the Board were not made by the Board but were in fact made by one man.”

Trinidad and Tobago Super League (TTSL) president Keith Look Loy seconded that assessment.

“Yesterday, the Emperor’s nakedness was revealed,” said Look Loy. “John-Williams’ lack of leadership, his mismanagement of the Association, and his usurpation of the authority of the TTFA Board was made transparently clear, time and again in issue after issue.

“The Board, members of which come from the bowels of football as its representatives, has conceded its authority to the one-mannism of John-Williams [and] allowed this open sore to fester. The TTFA ship is rudderless.”

Arguably, the most serious of John-Williams’ perceived transgressions lay in the approval and oversight of work done at the TTFA’s Home of Football project, which includes training grounds, players’ hotel and entertainment centre, located just outside of the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.

“It was evident that contracts were entered into, approaches were made to government for land, approaches were made to FIFA for funding,” said VFFOTT president Selby Browne, “with absolutely no approval from the Board.

“[John-Williams] said that he received gifts of a loan of tractors from Junior Sammy and gravel as a gift from National Quarries. But there was no approval for anything. He just went ahead and did all these things.”

John-Williams, who owns a construction company, allegedly informed the meeting that a committee that included his first vice-president Ewing Davis and TTFA employee Sharon O’ Brien oversaw the tender. That tender was then supposedly approved by the Board.

The problem for the TTFA President was that no other Board member could remember any meeting which gave that approval, while general secretary Justin Latapy-George could find no evidence of it, despite a search through his files.

“The total FIFA funding available for this project is US$2.25 million,” said Look Loy. “But instead of awarding one big contract, [John-Williams] broke the project into many small contracts of US$50,000 each.

“So he is acting like a contractor who is paying smaller contractors; and in that scenario, he could be giving money to anyone.”

Look Loy turned to John-Williams’ second vice-president Joanne Salazar and Board member Richard Quan Chan to vouch for the football president.

“I want to hear either one of you say the Board approved the contracts handed out to anybody,” said Look Loy.

Salazar and Quan Chan, according to several witnesses, remained silent. First vice-president Ewing Davis suggested that consensus was arrived at by “some” Board members via email; but that initially provoked laughter from the floor, was deemed unacceptable by members and eventually rejected.

“It is obvious that these things were never brought to any meeting,” Trinidad and Tobago Football Referees Association (TTFRA) vice-president Osmond Downer told the meeting, proposing an immediate halt to all work.

Southern Football Association (SFA) representative Lennox “Bullet” Pilgrim suggested that a lengthy delay might affect the employment of the labourers and masons involved. And members agreed that the Board should move quickly to avoid such an outcome, once possible.

“I hereby move a motion that all work be stopped on the construction with immediate effect,” said Downer, “and that an emergency meeting of the Board be held post-haste to discuss the tenders and to agree to the people who are being awarded the contracts… And this must be reported in the next general meeting in 60 days.”

Downer, according to one source, was referred to as “The Motion Man” by members. One of the architects of the current TTFA Constitution, he often represented the floor and acted almost as a de facto chair—at one point, chiding the president for constantly interrupting speakers when they tried to contribute.

An example of Downer’s influence and John-Williams’ own diminishing power came when the football president ordered that the meeting be adjourned for lunch. Downer overruled him.

“Mr Chairman, you cannot adjourn this meeting,” said Downer, according to sources. “The meeting must adjourn itself. So I move that the meeting be adjourned for lunch…”

By then, there had already been the almost inevitable shouting match between Browne and John-Williams. Browne was recently appointed to the National Lotteries Control Board (NLCB) Board and he claimed that the TTFA president had been trying to use his position to make things difficult for the local football body.

“The chairman is going around saying that he has audio recordings of me, Selby Browne, telling the Prime Minister not to give any money to the TTFA,” said Browne. “That is a lie.”

“Yes!” John-Williams responded. “I have it.”

“You’re a liar!” Browne shot back. “You’re a pathological liar!”

Did John-Williams really have an audio recording of a conversation between Browne and Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley?

The football president refused to produce the evidence to support his claim. But he did not retract it either. Browne, who said he had not spoken to Rowley since he joined the NLCB Board, accused the football president of a smear campaign and the exchange got so heated that Look Loy, on Downer’s prompting, rushed over for a quiet word with the delegate.

“Listen Selby, if you don’t calm down you will give him a reason to adjourn the meeting on a point of disorder,” Look Loy whispered to Browne, who relented.

The room was buzzing again when John-Williams admitted that the TTFA had a sole trader agreement with i95.5FM in which the football body not only pays the radio station to cover matches but also covers airfare and hotel accommodation and, on at least one occasion, even paid broadcast fees for reporter Andre Baptiste and his colleague.

i95.5FM has regularly provided favourable reviews of the local football body while Baptiste was severely critical of former coach Stephen Hart in the immediate build-up to his dismissal by the John-Williams-led Board.

“Broadcast rights are a source of revenue,” said Browne. “People pay you for this. So why are we paying Andre Baptiste?”

“This has to be the first time in the history of mankind that [the TTFA] is paying a radio station to cover our football,” said Harford, who has extensive experience in radio and television.

John-Williams was asked to produce a copy of the contract with i95.5FM, reveal the figure paid to the radio station and the tender process and prove that the “sweetheart deal” had Board approval. Again, he could not.

Downer successfully moved a motion that the information be brought to members at an extraordinary general meeting in 60 days.

Look Loy also probed the operations of the technical committee, which was headed by recently retired Pro League chairman Sam Phillip.

“We found out yesterday that there is no functioning technical committee,” said Harford.

“There have been no reviews submitted of coaching personnel or our tournament performances,” said Look Loy. “John-Williams claimed he had a report for the [CONCACAF Women’] National Under-20 tournament but nobody had seen it. None of the coaches were being appraised.

“[…] So now we realise that our problems go well beyond player development. We need to look at root-and-branch changes in our technical staff.

“[…] So we asked to see letters of commitment and contracts for all of our coaches.”

After some discussion by the floor, it was agreed that a newly constituted technical committee would review the performance of all technical staffs, establish a national technical plan, analyse the domestic elite competition structure from the regional zones through to the TTSL and TT Pro League and look at the relationship between the TTSL and TTPL and review TTFA distribution of FIFA funds to members and apply criteria to same.

The dominance of W Connection coaches under the multi-million-dollar NLCB programme was another sore point.

“In seven years, Connection has won nothing at youth level but they have all the jobs,” Look Loy told the gathering, “and Jabloteh are scooping up trophies but they have nothing.”

“But look at how many players Defence Force has on the senior team,” John-Williams retorted, “and they ent win nothing. So how come people not complaining about that?”

“Because you are president of Connection,” Look Loy shot back. “Perception is reality.”

How much were those coaches earning anyway? The TTFA’s biggest line item on its financial statement was TT$15 million for “professional fees.” The floor demanded specifics.

John-Williams refused to provide details.

“I can’t do that,” said the TTFA president. “That is people’s private money.”

“It is not what you want,” Browne shot back. “The membership is directing you to do so!”

Central Football Association (CFA) general secretary Clynt Taylor pointed out that, at his credit union, shareholders were entitled to information on all salaries. Why should football be different?

“Is we who are paying them, not you,” said Look Loy. “It is our football money and we need to know what they are making.”

The matter went to a vote and, again, John-Williams lost. In 60 days, the TTFA Board must provide detailed financial information at an extraordinary general meeting.

“I, on a personal level, have some reservation about people’s salaries [being shared in the general meeting],” said Harford. “But people voted for that information to be released […] so David has no choice now but to comply.”

Without such information at hand, for the sixth time, the members did not pass the 2016 financial statement.

There are impending changes at board level too. Second vice-president Allan Warner lost his place on the board after missing more than four successive meetings while, owing to potential conflicts of interest, Wayne Cunningham and Sharon O’Brien were both ordered to choose between employment at the TTFA and board places.

“They have been told that they must relinquish their posts as Board members or their employment [with the TTFA],” said Harford. “You can’t be Justin’s boss on some days and he is your boss on other days; that is crap.”

As the sun set, the AGM haemorrhaged delegates and, by the end, only roughly a third of the members who had started the meeting remained. Downer, who took pain killers in the morning for an old spinal injury, was among them.

“I have got to thank Osmond Downer for his commitment and tenacity yesterday,” said Look Loy. “He showed more stamina than people half his age.”

John-Williams had survived too. Despite the discontent voiced by several members, there was no formal move to replace him at the helm of the local football body.

“I think by the end of the evening, people felt ‘let us see if there is any improvement’ since they know that we are watching them now,” said Harford. “But it is still an option that people are holding.

“[…] David is enthusiastic about the football but [some of his flaws are not] good for the football. For instance, he is not a good listener… He doesn’t like to listen, he likes to speak and that is a major flaw for a chairman.”

Despite grumbles about the length of the meeting, many felt significant progress had been made.

“It was a great day for democracy and the constitutional authority of the membership,” said Look Loy, “which passed a series of key resolutions that, once implemented seriously, could put our football on an even keel and give it direction.”

Harford agreed.

“I think they understand now,” he said, “that they are dealing with people who are not going to sit back and accept whatever they tell us.”

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« Reply #190 on: April 05, 2018, 11:41:38 AM »
DJW is a contractor, he probably paying his own company the money to build the Centre.

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« Reply #191 on: April 05, 2018, 10:56:09 PM »
 60 days is dum :  i'll give you 60 days to go make up a contract and make up everything else that is needing that  is what I see happening over 60 days

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« Reply #192 on: April 08, 2018, 12:34:29 AM »
Board votes to take Home of Football project away from DJW; bills and contracts still missing.
By Lasana Liburd (Wired868).


Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president David John-Williams has allegedly retreated from the Home of Football project, after being outvoted by four to three on a motion to bring the construction work under the control of the Board of Directors.

Remarkably, almost a year since work started on the TTFA’s technical centre, training pitch, hotel and entertainment centre, Wired868 understands there is still no sign of Board approval for contracts related to the project or details on how much money has so far been spent.

On Saturday, John-Williams, who insisted that the work done on the Home of Football had Board approval, was ordered by TTFA members to prove his claim by providing all details on the project to date. However, not only was John-Williams still unable to do so at yesterday’s emergency Board meeting but the figure supposedly spent on the project allegedly doubled in the space of three days.

At Saturday’s AGM, the embattled TTFA president told members that he split the US$2.25 million FIFA funding for the project into US$50,000 packages and had already given out one such project.

On Tuesday, John-Williams, who is a contractor himself, told members that he had given out two contracts and denied ever saying otherwise.

Regardless, he could not find paperwork to support either claim or a copy of the contracts entered into by the football body. It means that neither the Board nor stakeholders have any idea how much football money has been committed already—and to whom.

John-Williams also sought to defend his decision to hire a project manager while keeping some aspects of the works under TTFA watch, such as the purchasing of material like limestone. He allegedly claimed that he did so to save money for the football body.

“Show me where in the Constitution it says the Board has to approve [every] contract,” John-Williams allegedly told his fellow Board members.

Trinidad and Tobago Super League (TTSL) president Keith Look Loy, who joined the Board in January 2018, moved a motion for:

The establishment of a Tenders sub-committee of the Board;

Submission of all draft contracts for approval by the Board;

Approval of all selected contractors by the Board;

Award of all contracts by the Board.

In what would arguably be an eye-raising stance in almost any organisation barring the TTFA, three administrators allegedly abstained on vote as to whether the president should be allowed to give contracts to whomever he pleased without having to so much as notify the Board.

The three abstentions came from John-Williams, his first vice-president Ewing Davis—who would take over the top role if a no confidence motions were successfully moved against the president—and Eastern Counties Football Union (ECFU) president Sherwyn Dyer.

Northern Football Association (NFA) delegate Kanjabari Williams, Southern Football Association (SFA) delegate Richard Quan Chan, Trinidad and Tobago Football Referees Association (TTFRA) president Joseph Taylor and Look Loy voted to bring the Home of Football project under Board supervision.

Having lost the vote, John-Williams allegedly told the meeting that he was withdrawing from the helm of the project “to protect [his] integrity.” The meeting promptly ruled that Davis should head the Tenders Committee, which will also include second vice-president Joanne Salazar and Quan Chan.

There were changes at Board level too yesterday, as interim Pro League CEO Julia Baptiste and attorney Colin Partap—a former UNC MP—attended their first meetings as representatives of the Pro League and Central Football Association (CFA) respectively. Neither will have voting rights until the next AGM.

In the departure lounge was WOLF president Sharon O’Brien who agreed to step down after members insisted that her dual roles of Board member and TTFA employee constituted a conflict of interest. She opted to keep the latter position and informed the Board that the women’s football body will select her replacement in 14 days.

Eastern Football Association (EFA) representative Wayne Cunningham is yet to officially concede his Board role, though, despite continuing to operate in the role of media officer for the TTFA.

Wired868 understands that Cunningham described his paid job for the football body as that of a consultant and not employee, although TTFA members seem unlikely to accept that there is any material difference between the two titles.

The TTFA Board also passed a resolution yesterday to immediately suspend any TTFA member which had not submitted by the deadline of 31 March, 2018 all of the documents required for membership compliance.

TTFA general secretary Justin Latapy-George was mandated to provide an updated list of all compliant and non-compliant members by Friday 6 April, 2018.

The Board’s provisional suspension of members will come up for ratification at an Extraordinary General Meeting on 30 April, 2018.

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« Reply #193 on: April 08, 2018, 05:48:45 AM »
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« Reply #194 on: April 17, 2018, 03:41:45 AM »
TTFA faces incurable debt.
By Walter Alibey (Guardian).


DAVID JOHN-WILLIAMS, president of T&T Football Association and the sport could face severe consequences if a report on the status on the construction of the Home of Football at Balmain in Couva is not tabled later this month at a scheduled statutory meeting.

At a hotly contested AGM over two weeks ago, Keith Look Loy, the T&T Super League president led a call for an update on the construction work currently taking place as he believes the Board has been left in total darkness on everything related to the project, such as its budget, the contractors involved, the scope of works and if the works were feasible.

Yesterday, Look Loy said he was reliably informed that work of this magnitude could cost the cash-strapped association in the region of $50 million at a minimum.

"The football association is already in debt of $20 million and a project of this magnitude could saddle us with terminal debt, as we would have to borrow money to ensure it is completed. I'm not prepared to support that," Look Loy said.

The Super League boss said he is willing to work with the money available to them in the TTFA's coffers, which is in the region of about $16 million provided by the FIFA. "I am prepared to vote for the construction of fields for futsal, beach and 11-a-side football, and dormitories for players to stay, and that's it for now," Look Loy explained.

Work was allowed to continue on the home of football at the reconvened AGM meeting last month, but Look Loy said he intends to take more severe actions if the report is not produced by John-Williams at the statutory meeting, to take place at a date to be announced this month.

Look Loy said that while the Board supports the construction of the home of football, it wanted to ensure there is transparency.

John-Williams, who was contacted yesterday said, "I have nothing to tell the media".

The Board is also expected to meet this weekend and among the issues to be raised is finding a replacement for TTFA's second vice president Allan Warner of Tobago, who was ousted at the last AGM, for breaching the TTFA's constitution by missing four consecutive Board meetings. A reliable source close situation and spoke to Guardian Media Sports on the condition of anonymity said Warner had deliberately stayed away from the meetings as a form of a "Silent Protest" against the way the affairs of the sport is being managed and that included the construction of the home of football.

Calls to Warner's phone for a comment went unanswered yesterday.

The Board is also set to deal with a replacement for Sharon O'Brien, the Women's football body president who was a representative on the Board and also an employee of the TTFA.

O'Brien's decision followed last month's AGM in which the members asked O'Brien and Wayne Cunningham, the East Zone representative on the Board as well as a Communications Consultant for the TTFA, to chose a position, as their double roles constituted a conflict of interest with in the organisation.

But while O'Brien has already given up her Board position, Cunningham remains reluctant and he has made it clear that he's not an employee of the TTFA and merely receives a stipend. He said, "I do not receive any benefits, etc, I am a consultant." However, the source said that the Board members will reject Cunningham's explanation.

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« Reply #195 on: May 07, 2018, 09:16:11 PM »
From the Express

https://www.trinidadexpress.com/sports/local/clubs-to-account/article_edd50dfa-5252-11e8-a571-6b798c1818a9.html

Clubs to account
Minister lays down rules in meeting with Pro League

Money is coming to the country’s top football clubs. But they will have to account for how they use every cent.

The Trinidad and Tobago Pro League and new Minister of Sport Shamfa Cudjoe met face-to-face yesterday, and acting League chairman Richard Fakoory is hopeful that clubs will start receiving their monthly subventions of $50,000 from the Sports Company of Trinidad and Tobago (SporTT)as early as next month.

Fakoory described yesterday’s meeting as “very fruitful.” Prior to that, League officials had been in the dark over how the $11.1 million Government allocation over three years—as announced in the Senate by Minister Cudjoe on April 26—and more specifically the $4.8m for this season would be apportioned. But yesterday, Fakoory confirmed the funds would be distributed to the clubs and not the League.


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« Reply #196 on: May 08, 2018, 04:02:09 AM »
FIFA technical directors in T&T.
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Technical Directors from 11 member associations including T&T will participate in a course designed specifically by the FIFA, to educate technical directors around the world, and thereby assist the development of the sport.

The course, schedule to take place at the Home of Football, Ato Boldon Stadium in Balmain, Couva from today and runs until Friday, will see the involvement of a four-member team from FIFA, including Head of Technical Development Services for FIFA Jürg Nepfer, Roberto Perna, Group Leader Education and FIFA Technical consultants Rodrigo Kenton, Lenny Lake and Willi Ruttensteiner. CONCACAF Director of Development Jason Roberts will also be present.

Anton Corneal, the T&T Football Association’s Director of Football, has also been listed as a FIFA TD and expert, to contribute towards the overall development of the sport. The participating member associations will include T&T, Aruba, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, Suriname, US Virgin Islands and the United States.

T&T will be represented by Dennis Lawrence, the Senior Men’s National coach, Men’s Under -17 and 20 coach Russell Latapy and Women’s coach Desiree Sergeant.

FIFA, through its Chief Technical Development Officer, former Dutch forward, Marco van Basten said “FIFA started in 2016 with a programme for the education of Technical Directors in member associations. An evaluation has shown that there was quite a turnover in this position since then and we, therefore, decided to offer this course to new Technical Directors or those who were not in a position to attend the first edition in 2016. The purpose of the course is to provide an opportunity to Technical Directors to gain additional knowledge in important subjects, which are essential for their daily business. The course will also serve as a platform for experience sharing among Technical Directors, the confederation and FIFA.”

Among the topics will be the roles and responsibilities of a technical director, report on training analysis, reporting of match training analysis and coach education analysis among other items. There are practical and theoretical sessions foreseen. Importance will be given to the practical sessions on days one to three, which are: the organization of a youth match; the visit of the training of one of these two teams; and a session on coaching education as part of your coaching education system.

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« Reply #197 on: May 08, 2018, 04:13:28 AM »
Concerned parent: TTFA must start considering education of national youth players in its scheduling.
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“For your information, training for the National U-17 and U-20 boys was originally scheduled on Thursdays and Tuesdays at 4:30pm at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium, Marabella.

“This would have caused a little hardship for boys who live in North and in the East, who would have to travel—as they would need to leave school early to get there on time.”

The following Letter to the Editor was submitted to Wired868 by the parent of a Trinidad and Tobago national youth team footballer:

Dear Sir,

I write as a very concerned parent who has seen the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) make scheduling decisions without regard for the educational priority of parents and our youth in the national youth team set-up. Here are just a couple examples:

For your information, training for the National U-17 and U-20 boys was originally scheduled on Thursdays and Tuesdays at 4:30pm at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium, Marabella. This would have caused a little hardship for boys who live in North and in the East, who would have to travel as they would need to leave school early to get there on time.

Later on, the training was moved to Larry Gomes Stadium in Arima—on the same day and same time. The hardship was then transferred to the boys from South, some of whom had to travel and would even have to leave school half day early to get there on time.

Recently, a decision was made without consultation to swap both teams’ training days so that U-17s would train Tuesday, and U-20s would train on Thursday. Many kids who would have set up their after-school lessons to ensure they didn’t miss training ended up in some turmoil as they felt as if they had to stop going to lessons or be dropped.

Keep in mind, many of our talented youth need these lessons to be able to successfully pass their term tests and graduate from school.

Now, I am being advised that the National Under-20 has had an upcoming trip to Guadeloupe scheduled from May 15-22, which would cause some kids to choose between their team selection and sitting CXC or other exams. Who wins here?

These are just a couple examples. There are more, however. Why are we doing this to our kids?

Decisions are made and then communicated with very little chance for discussion or review. Who is making these decisions? Have they ever heard of stakeholder consultation? The stadiums being used are well lit. Consequently, most parents, if asked would agree that education is higher priority and allow the kids to start training at a later time—maybe 6pm.

Making such heavy-handed scheduling decisions can only shrink our talent pool and cause disillusionment amongst parents and kids. What would be the situation of a kid who goes to Guadeloupe, skips his CXC (or other) exams and gets injured thereafter? How about the kid who needs his subjects to move on to higher level education?

Sir, we haven’t had much success in football as a nation lately, and I submit that the TTFA must improve their consultation and communication efforts to help change that. All of us parents would like to support our kids and the national programme; however, the TTFA is making it extremely hard to do so with its extreme lack of empathy.

I hope by writing this letter, it encourages more respectful discussion and consultation with all stakeholders, allowing for better planning, co-ordination and eventually improved on-field success. I know WE can do this.

Yours respectfully,
A very concerned parent of a National Youth Team player

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« Reply #198 on: May 30, 2018, 01:41:34 AM »
TTFA to hold AGM today.
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THE TT Football Association (TTFA) will try, for the fifth time, to have its 2016 financial statement approved during its Annual General Meeting (AGM), which is scheduled to take place today, from 9 am, at the “Home of Football” — the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.

A number of issues will be on today’s agenda, including contractual details for the Home of Football project, legal matters facing the local governing body by former coaches and administrators, and a media rights deal with local radio station I95.5 FM.

The AGM could mark the first return, to the public eye, for TTFA president David John-Williams, who suffered injured ribs from a fall a few weeks ago.

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« Reply #199 on: June 02, 2018, 01:40:38 AM »
TTFA braces for FIFA intervention.
By Walter Alibey (Guardian).


As no-confidence vote awaits presidents

Years after avoiding the implementation of a FIFA Normalisation Committee to run the affairs of football in T&T, the country now faces a similar fate, if TTFA's Board members have their way.

Wednesday's adjourned Emergency General Meeting (EGM) has led to plans by the TTFA membership to plan a vote of no confidence motion in chairman and football association president David John-Williams, who is on medical leave after an injury two weeks ago.

The motion is to also include second vice president Ewing Davis and Joanne Salazar, the third vice president when the reconvened EGM takes place. It is tentatively set for June 13.

This is due to the reluctance by John-Williams and his executive to provide answers on the financial affairs of the Home of Football which is being constructed in Balmain, Couva.

Guardian Media Sports understands that several members who attended Wednesday's meeting questioned Davis' decision to call off the meeting at 9:30 am although they claim that a quorum was formed when a member walked in three minutes after the start. They felt that the chairman should have exercised the "Chairman's Watch" which was instituted to give a few extra minutes to members who were en route to the meeting.

Yesterday, Raymond Tim Kee, a former president of the TTFA, said if a vote of no-confidence is successfully moved against the three remaining presidents, then FIFA, the world governing body for the sport, will intervene to run the affairs of the sport.

However, he admitted that he felt heartbroken by this reality after he had to plead with FIFA when he took office back in 2012, to stop the implementation of the normalisation committee, as the sport had been in shambles.

Tim Kee told Guardian Media Sports he was able to convince FIFA he could have changed things by forming a special committee to make key changes in the association's constitution and that was achieved.

However, yesterday Keith Look Loy, the T&T Super League's representative on the Board, said he was unsure if a no-confidence vote would lead to the introduction of a normalisation committee, but said he will welcome it as the membership is fed up of trying to get answers from the president and his officers. "What this will do is expose the ills of the John-Williams' administration. John-Williams is in a no-win position and has to come clean on everything that's happening in the association," Look Loy said.

The T&TSL president also took offence to rumours that John-Williams, along with Davis and general secretary Justin Latapy-George are set to leave T&T on June 9 for the official FIFA World Cup opening in Russia, which could see him miss reconvened EGM.

"Let him go and he will see. I think the no-confidence vote will be a political statement that will carry the belief of the Board," Look Loy said.

Tim Kee said he does not support the no-confidence vote but believes John-Williams should be left to clean up the mess he has made. He also disagreed with plans to construct a hotel in Couva, saying, "I don't know where all these plans to construct a hotel at the home of football came from. It was merely supposed to be an accommodation centre where rooms could have been provided for football executives when they visit T&T, but not to have a hotel as TTFA is not into the hotel business."

The former-football boss also called for answers on why the TTFA is still in red when it received twice as many monies from the FIFA than when he was in power.

He said, "The TTFA used to receive US$58,000 every quarter for development and I have heard that the new president now receives much more than that, so where is the money going?"

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« Reply #200 on: June 02, 2018, 04:20:17 PM »
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« Reply #201 on: June 04, 2018, 03:26:16 AM »
Browne: Trinidad and Tobago football in shambles and lacks proper vision and transparency.
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“The sad reality today is the TTFA is in shambles, with a lack of proper vision, poor administration, poor management, no accountability or transparency, generating enormous debt and without the major focus of development of a proper football product on the field of play by our national teams.”

The following Letter to the Editor on the state of Trinidad and Tobago football was submitted to Wired868 by Veteran Footballers Federation of Trinidad and Tobago (VFFOTT) president Selby Browne:

As the FIFA World Cup 2018 approaches its start on 14 June in Moscow, the situation of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) is sad for me.

I have long advocated that our vision must be to return Trinidad and Tobago football to No 1 position in the Concacaf on the field, which would be achieved with proper management, structure, technical development, accountability [and] international funding—to produce the quality, world-class football we once demonstrated back in the early 1970s and of which we are fully capable.

The fact is the TTFA will be in Moscow to participate solely at the FIFA Congress on June 13th and not to participate on the field of play in the prestigious FIFA World Cup football competition.

The sad reality today is the TTFA is in shambles, with a lack of proper vision, poor administration, poor management, no accountability or transparency, generating enormous debt and without the major focus of development of a proper football product on the field of play by our national teams.

The Veteran Footballers Federation of Trinidad and Tobago laments the squashed opportunity of qualifying for the FIFA WC 2018, based on poor administrative decisions with respect to coaching appointments and technical staff for the men’s national teams—further manifested by the abandonment of a world-class women’s coach and technical staff, capable of taking the national team to the Women’s World Cup.

The fact is while the FIFA Congress is taking place in Moscow on 13th June, the business of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) will be determined by its membership with judgement on the failure of the TTFA to provide “pellucidly clear answers with evidence” to the myriad of questions presented for answers since 5 July 2017.

The membership judgement on the poor administration, poor management, no accountability or transparency, generating enormous debt, and outright incompetent lawlessness of the TTFA will be eventually decided on the eve of the start of the FIFA World Cup, which will hopefully provide the removal of the discarded era of the Football Administration “Onemanism” and herald the adherence to the dictates of the new TTFA Constitution, eventually passed in July 2015—long championed by the Veteran Footballers Foundation of Trinidad and Tobago (VFFOTT).

I look forward with optimism to the start of a New Day for the vision, structure and administration of football in Trinidad and Tobago.

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« Reply #202 on: June 14, 2018, 05:04:40 AM »
So ...?
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« Reply #203 on: June 14, 2018, 05:20:17 AM »
I waiting patiently to hear too

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« Reply #204 on: June 14, 2018, 05:04:41 PM »
Schupsss

After the dictator sabotage and sell out our football and ruin our best chance to qualify for the big dance..

These men real dotish...
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« Reply #205 on: June 14, 2018, 09:45:51 PM »
I waiting patiently to hear too

Joke ting. Sense wid spineless nonsense. Fuhget about it!
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« Reply #206 on: June 15, 2018, 12:47:08 AM »
TTFA 2016 financial statement approved.
By Joel Bailey (Newsday).


Questions linger about Home of Football but…

PRESIDENT OF the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) David John-Williams says he has local football’s best interest at heart, following the passing of the 2016 financial statements at a five-hour long Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) on Wednesday at the National Cycling Centre, Couva.

John-Williams was under pressure to pass the 2016 financial statements after several TTFA meetings were held but members were not satisfied with information received.

John-Williams stressed, “I remain steadfast in what I do, I remain honest in what I do, I know what I want to do for Trinidad and Tobago football, I know what I am doing for Trinidad and Tobago football, and my heart is very pure. And the members have realised that.”

Selby Browne, president of the Veterans Football Federation of Trinidad and Tobago (VFFOTT), said yesterday there is still much to be clarified regarding the TTFA’s finances.

“The concerns were still what was the financial health or condition of the TTFA,” Browne said.

“The cost of professional and legal fees, and wages, were 43 per cent of the administrative cost, which is absurd. The fact that a debt was inherited in 2015, out of the (Raymond) Tim Kee regime, which was (approximately) $28 million, and of the revenue received, payments were made towards debt reduction. The figure of the total outstanding debt did not reflect what was the true amount. The meeting agreed and was put to a vote, and (it) was approved,” Browne said.

John-Williams, after Wednesday’s meeting, told Newsday that he suffered his injury, which has seen him miss the last EGM, at the Home of Football project on April 29.

“It happened right here,” said the TTFA president. “I mis-stepped, I slid and I fell...I am back to 95 per cent of what I am supposed to be.”

He refuted claims that he missed this week’s FIFA Congress in Moscow, Russia due to pressure he faced regarding Wednesday’s meeting.

“Since the 14th of May I wrote to FIFA that I can’t travel,” John-Williams said. “The doctor has to re-assess me next week to see if I can travel for the final. I have been invited for the final, my ticket has been paid already but, if I can’t go I can’t go.”

Browne said yesterday members are present to assist John-Williams but he must get his act together and follow the rules of its constitution. He said there is still a lot of information unknown about the Home of Football project in Couva.

A motion was moved by Osmond Downer, TT Football Referees Association vice-president, seconded by Central Football Association general secretary Clynt Taylor and voted by the members present for John-Williams to be censured for his role in the Home for Football.

Browne said, “The (issue) of the Home for Football, where a motion was moved, directing that the work be stopped (and) an emergency meeting of the Board be called to identify and present the following documents back to the general meeting – the minutes with approval for the Board meeting for the project; the Board minutes that approved tenders, quantities surveyors and a host of different things that, since last year, we were unable to receive.”

Browne continued, “It took the form of on-screen (display), with a host of documents purporting to be the approvals, and letters of approvals from FIFA for the different aspects of release of funding for the project.”

But Browne insisted that John-Williams was accountable to the TTFA, “who writes the cheques for these payments” instead of FIFA “(who) provides the loans or the grants.”

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« Reply #207 on: June 15, 2018, 07:01:27 AM »
Is a damn joke. Not enough people who actually care to put in the time and effort to see our football prosper.
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« Reply #208 on: June 15, 2018, 04:02:30 PM »
Is a damn joke. Not enough people who actually care to put in the time and effort to see our football prosper.

You correct. Football fans doh care about TTFa. And they show this by not going to their games. It is up Selby, Downer, Lookloy and the rest of the committee to keep demanding transparency from DJW.

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« Reply #209 on: July 02, 2018, 07:48:39 AM »
The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association regrettably advises that our brother Muhammad Isa passed this morning. Isa had been warded at the Intensive Care Unit of the San Fernando General Hospital for just over a week. Isa served as the Director of Football for the TTFA