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T&T football administration, whether it is the FIFA-appointed Normalisation Committee or the T&T Football Association, will have to pay back US$1.4 million to UK sportswear suppliers Avec Sports for a contract with the TTFA that is not being honoured.

The amount is only part of what the embattled football association may have to pay, one member of the ousted TTFA team told Guardian Media Sports on Monday, as they brace for the legal implications of not honouring a four-year $25 million deal which was supposed to begin officially yesterday (June 1) with the arrival of uniforms to outfit all the country's football teams.

The contract with Avec Sports was signed by former TTFA president William Wallace and general secretary Ramesh Ramdhan on behalf of the organisation back in January and was scheduled to take effect yesterday (June 1). According to a source close to the matter who spoke to Guardian Media Sports on condition of anonymity, the UK sportswear suppliers have already pumped a significant sum into ensuring that the uniforms are ready.

According to the agreement the TTFA need to sell £125,000 or TT$1.25m or 7, 500 uniforms from Avec. However, the profits of the sales will be shared 8o to the TTFA to 20 per cent to the local distributor which is Sports & Games.

It understood that FIFA is not interested in any contracts that the Wallace-led TTFA, who are now considered persona non grata, had entered into.

The sourced added that Amiel Mohammed, who worked alongside former TTFA General Secretary Camara David in the T&T Super League secretariat back in 2017, is an assistant to the Normalisation Committee.

The source said Mohammed attempted to reach out to Avec Sports recently in an attempt to discuss the deal, however, Avec appeared not to be interested since the uniforms were already in production.

Efforts to contact Ramesh Ramdhan, the TTFA General Secretary for an update on the uniforms proved futile.

SOURCE: T&T Guardian