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Football / Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
« on: Yesterday at 03:42:37 PM »
What were the elected officers expected to do this week? Pitch marbles, sit on their hands? No one should have left that meeting on Sunday until there was either (1) a fully constituted Board or (2) a resolution or general agreement that the elected officers could proceed with the business effective immediately (as contemplated in the Constitution) until such time as the fully constituted Board would be established.

All this grumbling that is taking place should have been responsive to either of the above. The zones need to get their houses in order. This deficiency rests on the outgoing administration because the election took place under its watch and from the inception failed to comply with the timelines specified in the Constitution.

I appreciate the ultra vires concern but to equate and compare the nature of the activities that have occurred during the course of this week, with the type of unilateral ultra vires actions with which DJW engaged as president, is to be incredulously disingenuous. Here you have multilateral collective activity with informed transparency versus activity that lacked absolute consensus and that only came to light through the penetration of those dedicated to bringing sunshine to the covering efforts of the autocrat. Lehwe not make a mockery of the thing with out of context detractions.

I think the majority of the stakeholders have welcomed the access restrictions placed on the TTFA accounts on the timeline that they occurred because immediacy provided the best guarantee of integrity ... not waiting until such time as the zones get their asses in gear. They had been on notice of what they needed to do for WEEKS!

“They cannot wait on a board to do that. If you are responsible you have to act.”

Football / Re: TTFA News Thread.
« on: Yesterday at 03:31:16 PM »
TTFA secretary resigns
By Keith Clement & Gyasi Merrique (T&T Guardian)

Trinidad and To­ba­go Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent William Wal­lace has ac­cept­ed the res­ig­na­tion of gen­er­al sec­re­tary Ca­ma­ra David. David has re­signed ef­fec­tive No­vem­ber 30.

How­ev­er, Os­mond Down­er, one of the ar­chi­tects of the T&T Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion’s (TTFA) con­sti­tu­tion, says there is cur­rent­ly no TTFA board and on­ly this body can make tru­ly bind­ing de­ci­sions. This is be­cause the mem­bers did not un­der­take the process to ap­point a full board dur­ing Sun­day’s AGM.

Clement and Merrique, the way in which you bind both of these comments together creates the impression that the Board needs to weigh in on acceptance of Camara David's resignation and that is not definitively nor expressly the case.

Under the Constitution only the   President may propose   the appointment or dismissal of the General   Secretary, but there is no express requirement that resignation be treated through Board consensus.

Per the Constitution the GS should be "appointed on the basis of an agreement governed by private law". Presumably that was done either explicitly or implicitly. Nonetheless, the GS' stated intention to step away from the role is sufficient to render that decision operative. Board ratification is needed in the appointment or in the dismissal of the GS, but board ratification is not needed in his resignation (i.e. voluntary termination).

(The federation's Internal Operations Regulations may also shed light on this.)

If it is Mr. Downer's contention that the Board is the proper authority to accept the resignation of the GS, I do not know that to be the case.

Perhaps Downer made no such contention and it is merely the manner in which the newspaper article was developed that prompted the question.

I see that Downer's position has been stated and that it does not diverge from what I asserted above. That being the case, it was down to Clement and Merrique.

Football / Re: Alvin "Hurricane" Jones Thread
« on: Yesterday at 02:37:43 PM »
Welcome news in terms of the player moving to the MLS. However, tempered by the reality that Freddy is new at this gig and if he is replaced we could be back to a familiar script if another manager is brought in.

Congrats to Alvin Jones!

General Discussion / Re: THE OFFICIAL BABES THREAD
« on: Yesterday at 02:06:18 PM »

"I grew up in a world where a woman who looks like me, with my kind of skin and my kind of hair, was never considered to be beautiful ... I think it is time that that stops today. I want children to look at me and see my face and I want them to see their faces reflected in mine." --- Zozibini Tunzi

Football / Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« on: Yesterday at 05:31:49 AM »
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... why the owner has his work cut out for him.

Football / Re: Copa Libertadores Final
« on: Yesterday at 05:16:49 AM »
Santos dismissed Flamengo with a 4-0 farewell before the World Club.

Football / Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« on: December 08, 2019, 10:27:46 PM »
It's been six months since he's been at his new club and no one has mentioned the shadow in the room. I wonder what it's like playing at one of the most politically charged clubs in the world.

Football / Re: Former TTFA president Raymond Tim Kee dies
« on: December 08, 2019, 11:01:23 AM »
"I have come to this Presidency with no grandiose perception of who I am and what I can do except to confess that my goal is to leave local football a little better than I have found it." --- Raymond Tim Kee


Football / Re: Copa Libertadores Final
« on: December 07, 2019, 08:24:02 PM »
Good stuff, Deeks.

Football / Re: Copa Libertadores Final
« on: December 06, 2019, 08:20:05 PM »
6-1 tonight. A Brazilian pardna say Liverpool bettah watch out.

If they meet Liverpool in the final, I know it would not be so easy. Avai is a weak side. Fla will have to bring their super A game to beat this Liverpool team.

Precisely the caution I advised. Avai is the Anguilla of the league. However, we will know more on Sunday based on how they deal with Santos. De fella is steadfastly NOT a fan of Flamengo. We dealing with what he described as grudging respect and strong toxic dislike. He's an Atlético Mineiro fan.

If Flamengo makes tactical adjustments they could achieve competitive parity during phases of the match-up, but I do not think they can make a dent vs Liverpool if they apply the complete approach they've used in Série A. I expect modifications because Jorge Jesus will/should view playing against Liverpool as an opportunity to burnish his credentials and marketability in Europe.

By the way, he's the coach that coached Leonson at Felgueiras ...

Just found confirmation about his thoughts about the future:

– O próximo sonho é uma grande conquista europeia?
- Sim, mas eu sei que isso só abrange 6 ou 7 equipas na Europa. Só essas é que te dão a possibilidade de ser campeão europeu.

– Há algum campeonato que o alicie mais?
- Sou mais fã de dois campeonatos, que não são os preferidos da maioria das pessoas. Sou mais fã dos campeonatos espanhol e italiano do que do inglês. Todos querem treinar em Inglaterra, mas, se der, prioridade é a Espanha. Talvez também pela língua, porque estou muito habituado a falar com jogadores que falam castelhano. Por isso, seria mais fácil para mim. Mas não quero fazer previsões, até porque estou muito feliz no Flamengo.

Football / Re: Sol Campbell Thread
« on: December 06, 2019, 11:47:37 AM »
Sol continues to plug on in the trenches and ultimately it will serve him well. He's been handed lemons and he's trying to  make lemonade. Respect fuh that!

Here's an article that is tied in to the previous posts on this thread.
One of the reasons I listed him on my shortlist of coaches for the national team. His situation at Southend is similar to what we're going through. It will be good to see him in the coaching ranks of PL one day, sounds like he has the hunger and desire.

I think he's more interested in the day to day of club management. Also, definitely not interested in fighting to get paid. But, either way, the other clear impediment is lack of experience.

Football / Re: TTFA League of Champions
« on: December 06, 2019, 07:51:09 AM »
The national U-15s, huh?  :) Hold tight.

Football / Re: Sol Campbell Thread
« on: December 06, 2019, 05:53:23 AM »
Sol continues to plug on in the trenches and ultimately it will serve him well. He's been handed lemons and he's trying to  make lemonade. Respect fuh that!

Here's an article that is tied in to the previous posts on this thread.

Football / Re: Copa Libertadores Final
« on: December 05, 2019, 09:11:42 PM »
6-1 tonight. A Brazilian pardna say Liverpool bettah watch out.

Football / Re: Mucurapo 1978, a team of lore.
« on: December 05, 2019, 03:08:47 PM »
So, when did InterCol lose its appeal to neutral fans? Back in de day there were many more neutral fans at matches.

Football / Re: David John Williams Thread.
« on: December 05, 2019, 09:22:25 AM »
Jack said or boast(take your pick) that he mortgaged his house to do TTFA business. A page out of JW book of tricks.

I won't speculate. I am inclined to respect his privacy (apart from any lingering questions that arise regarding his time in office).

However, it is curious that the financial institution is asking what the money was used for. Would not that have been specified in the loan application/agreement?

The financial institution's question, as to whether the loan was applied to TTFA business, presents an intriguing question. Why would a president of the TTFA secure a private loan to satisfy TTFA operations? Entirely odd that that question or possibility would be ventilated by the financial institution. Maybe we will find out eventually why they mooted that concern.

Of course, it's curious that the former president would conclude that the financial institution was responsible for swaying 6 votes towards the current president? Scratch "curious". The more appropriate description is "deluded".

As the financial institution's treatment of the matter is represented to have followed, and complied with, accepted procedures, it's not clear that blazing a trail to the courthouse in opposition to the credit union's actions, will produce a positive ruling in favour of the debtor.

Football / Re: 2019 SSFL & Inter-Col Thread.
« on: December 05, 2019, 08:05:59 AM »
Pres, who de­throned Na­pari­ma Col­lege for the 2019 South Zone In­ter­Col crown, had on­ly them­selves to blame for not tak­ing the lead in the mo­ments that fol­lowed. Sin­clair’s ac­ro­bat­ic at­tempt from Ja­cob’s lift­ed pass in the box sailed over­bar in the 36th minute. Then Shep­pard, who was picked out all alone in the box from a right-side cross, put his head­er wide with the goal at his mer­cy.

The scores thus re­mained 1-1 at the half and when play re­sumed, Pres launched yet an­oth­er at­tack at goal, send­ing the speedy Sin­clair down the right flank to cen­tre for Naim Bis­nath to hit an un­con­trolled left-foot­ed ef­fort over the cross­bar.

Sinclair wasn't on the field yet.

Football / Re: David John Williams Thread.
« on: December 05, 2019, 07:09:49 AM »
John-Williams blames credit union for election loss
By Narissa Fraser, Newsday

VENTURE Credit Union (VCU) says ex-TT Football Association (TTFA) president David John-Williams is blaming it for his failure to retain his post at the association's recent elections.

The TTFA's elections and annual general meeting (AGM) were held, on November 24, at the Home of Football in Balmain, Couva.

Secondary Schools Football president William Wallace defeated John-Williams to become president, while Clynt Taylor, Susan Joseph-Warrick and Sam Phillip earned the positions of first, second and third vice-presidents respectively.

A senior official from the credit union has said John-Williams' lawyer, Anand Misir, wrote to the union claiming it damaged his client's reputation by "leaking" private information.

On November 20, the credit union announced a judgment against the former TTFA boss for a $23 million loan payment had been handed down on November 18. Co-operative development commissioner Andrea McKenna awarded judgment for $23,540,269.

The official had told Newsday the company was willing to levy on John-Williams if the debt was not paid off.

Speaking with Newsday on Wednesday afternoon, the official said John-Williams had promised to visit VCU to discuss moving forward but had not done so up to that time.

The union suggested meeting on November 21, but the official said Misir opted for November 25 instead – the day after the TTFA's elections.

The official said the union is not to blame as it tried to communicate with John-Williams before the elections.

"He said we breached confidentiality and it caused him to lose, we damaged his local and international reputations and gave him a bad name."

The official said in response to the letter, the company sent John-Williams and his lawyer a cease-and-desist letter. This type of letter is one of caution, which requests another party to stop a particular action, and indicates that legal action will be taken if it is not obeyed.

On November 7, John-Williams’ name appeared in a newspaper notice on a debt-recovery issue. The notice said the credit union was seeking information on his whereabouts. There were similar notices for other customers.

Asked for a comment that day, John-Williams told Newsday, “Politics. (They) can’t find me? What utter rubbish.”

The official told Newsday it should be clear there was no "personal attack" on John-Williams, as the procedure is part of basic protocol.

"It is not specific to him. We have had to do this (notices) for so many people as well.

"We don’t manipulate anything. It's based on their timing and decision of the commissioner. There was not anything that influenced it to happen at the same time."

The official said the union had asked John-Williams "several times" about what the money was used for. While he has continually denied it was used for the affairs of the TTFA, the official said the company had still not been told how it was used.

The official referred to chapter 81:30 (70) of the Co-operative Societies Act, which says a person, who is granted a loan by false representation or other corrupt means, or "wrongfully withholds or misapplies it" is liable to a fine of $2,000 and imprisonment for a year.

The official said the company is still willing to levy.

Newsday contacted Misir for a comment. He said questions should be directed to John-Williams.

On November 27, John-Williams told Newsday, "Please respect my privacy. I am out of football and need my time and space after four years."

Wallace told Newsday he had no comment.

Football / Re: 2019 SSFL & Inter-Col Thread.
« on: December 04, 2019, 05:09:59 PM »
But ah cyah believe TV6 just bus it in de middle of the trophy and medal ceremony.

Football / Re: 2019 SSFL & Inter-Col Thread.
« on: December 04, 2019, 05:06:57 PM »
Spectacular to have had Shaka in the booth. For anyone who has been away from SSFL football for a lengthy period, it would be surreal to have live quality TV coverage, to see Crystal Sobers as the ref, to have heard Shaka's analysis and to have that twinned with Sancho and Murray. Really, the missing ingredient is a full house.

Yeah boy.  I was real impressed to see the game live on mih phone, followed it all the way home and then watched the end on the TV.  Real good game.  Long time the Stadium would have been full but the attendance was more than a typical Pro League and certainly more than National games recently.

I eh know Pres eh win de title in 40 years before today!!  :o

Nice man....ah happy for them..... :applause: :applause: :cheers:

As I post this, it is curious and symbolic that my phone is on 44% ... 1% for every year since the last one.

Football / Re: English Premier League (EPL) Thread
« on: December 04, 2019, 05:01:11 PM »
Ah feel if Ole Gunnar loses this one, he's going home to pack.

I should add, it's 2-1 at 90' ;D.
He scrape through. Didn't see the game but did Jose get a hearty reception from the fans?

From what I've read, it seems that the fans were respectful. I tuned in about midway into the first half.

Football / Re: 2019 SSFL & Inter-Col Thread.
« on: December 04, 2019, 04:24:01 PM »
Spectacular to have had Shaka in the booth. For anyone who has been away from SSFL football for a lengthy period, it would be surreal to have live quality TV coverage, to see Crystal Sobers as the ref, to have heard Shaka's analysis and to have that twinned with Sancho and Murray. Really, the missing ingredient is a full house.

Football / Re: 2019 SSFL & Inter-Col Thread.
« on: December 04, 2019, 04:09:30 PM »
More expansive football than the South Zone final.

Football / Re: English Premier League (EPL) Thread
« on: December 04, 2019, 03:20:14 PM »
Ah feel if Ole Gunnar loses this one, he's going home to pack.

I should add, it's 2-1 at 90' ;D.

Football / Re: English Premier League (EPL) Thread
« on: December 04, 2019, 03:18:13 PM »
Sissoko is not having his finest game.
After that spectacular goal over the weekend?

Yep. Imprecise passing and being a tad hesitant. And he eh no where in that area of the pitch. He's not having a horrible game (he's had some telling interventions defensively) but going forward they're out of sync.

Football / Re: English Premier League (EPL) Thread
« on: December 04, 2019, 03:10:15 PM »
Sissoko is not having his finest game.

Football / Re: Beach Soccer Thread
« on: December 04, 2019, 11:03:39 AM »
Beach Soccer strikes me as an area in which the new federation admin could make an appreciable advance in the standing of the national team and in the delivery of the game within the country ... with a modest injection of financial support and the on-boarding of sponsors particularly interested in this niche sector.

Of the Top 50 teams in the world, only SIX are from CONCACAF. None are in the Top 10. Four are in the Top 25. There are TWENTY UEFA nations in the Top 50 and ALL of the 10 CONMEBOL nations are in the Top 50 (the lowest is Bolivia at 45)

Rankings in brackets

Mexico (11)
El Salvador (16). This represents a jump from 18 to 16.
USA (18)
Panama (24)
Bahamas (32)
Trinidad and Tobago (43)

It's notable that Jamaica is at (79) and Costa Rica at (72).

Quizz Time & Facts / Re: Goalkeeper Father and Son. North Zone Football
« on: December 03, 2019, 11:53:12 AM »
What father and son duo both made it to the N. Zone Intercol Final.

IF you good, what years, which team did they represent. Who were the opponents and what was the score?

Nobody here is TM so for now, I will accept just the names. ;-)

Yes, I did my hw on this one.  ;D


Over to you, vb. And, who did the father represent in that final?

Football / Re: The In Memory Of Thread
« on: December 03, 2019, 11:04:17 AM »
RIP Juan Pablo Vergara Martinez
February 24, 1985 - December 2, 2019

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A winger and attacking midfielder by trade and deadball specialist through craft, Juan Pablo debuted in Peruvian professional football and continued his entire career there, moving back and forth between the top two categories.

As a player he is noted for converting three penalties in a match against traditional Peruvian powerhouse, Alianza Lima. He has featured prominently in assisting teams to maintain their top tier status and in helping other teams achieve promotion.

Juan Pablo was named Best Player in the Peruvian Second Division in 2013 and in the top flight was selected for 2017 Apertura Team of the Season. This year he helped Deportivo Binacional to the Apertura title with the goals presented above (first video) and was a frequent campaigner in the Copa Sudamericana.

The player succumbed to injuries incurred in a vehicular accident, in sleek conditions, while en route to practice in the company of two Colombian teammates.

He was due to participate with Binacional in the 2020 Copa Sudamericana and in the league final to be played in a matter of days.

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