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2023 T&T Premier Football League Tier 2 Thread
« on: May 21, 2023, 02:55:12 AM »
Cash-strapped TTPFL tier two clubs want more help.
By Jonathan Ramnanansingh (T&T Newsday).


Trinidad and Tobago Premier Football League (TTPFL) tier two clubs have proposed the formation of a joint committee with the TTPFL and TT Super League (TTSL) board, to source additional sponsorship for their participation in this year’s domestic second division, which kicks off on May 27.

In a letter to TT Football Association (TTFA) general secretary Amiel Mohammed from TTSL president Jameson Rigues, dated Thursday, Rigues said tier two clubs are cash-strapped and in need of assistance.

Rigues called on the TTFA “to have an open mind, to making a concerted effort, to sincerely working with us to achieving progress in our plight for support to the clubs participating in your TTPFL tier two.”

His letter came on the heels of Friday’s official launch of the TTPFL tier two competition, which is scheduled to feature 11 teams – nine from Trinidad and two from Tobago.

It proposed that the potential joint committee would assist clubs to “seek out sponsorship from private sector businesses and public sector companies or any possible entity towards the first and second season of the two.”

Rigues said clubs do not want to “fall into a situation of debt and unfulfilled promises to stakeholders” and “are fearful of making commitments to members of their coaching staff, players, suppliers and other stakeholders, where certain elements of operations cannot be avoided.”

And despite the TTFA, through its tier two executive committee, providing teams with inter-island transport to and from games, clubs believe more could be done to help offset their costs.

Rigues added, “While the commitment to assist with ground transportation is a step in the right direction, and while we recognise your efforts to cover inter-island airfare for tier two clubs, we still are a long way from the level of expenditure clubs are faced with to participate in your league.”

The TTPFL tier two season runs for 14 weeks culminating in August. Each team plays each other once and the top six teams enter a playoff round. The truncated season for both tiers means there will be no promotion or relegation at the end of the season.

Initially, the season was scheduled to be two rounds. But with the change, and a significant reduction in matches, Rigues suggested that some of the league’s savings could be pumped into tier two clubs to aid their participation.

“The new format would significantly decrease your (TTPFL) spend on inter-island airfare, referee and match commissioner fees, ambulance services, etc., which, some of the savings can now be directed to the clubs to assist in offsetting some of the clubs’ unavoidable expenses.

“To clarify the intent to receive financial support to tier two clubs, I wish to state that they are of the view that for some of the expenses, in addition to the direct cash support, a similar medium of processing tier one clubs’ players and staff payroll and other expenses as a viable option than can be utilised for tier two clubs.”

This year’s competing teams are Police FC, Guaya United, Harlem Strikers, QPCC, Matura Reunited, Petit Valley/ Diego Martin United, San Fernando Giants, Defence Force, UTT and Tobago’s Bethel United and Phoenix Sports Club.

Rigues wrote that “clubs are committed to participating in what we believe is a new dawn for local football, however, in the interest of compromise, clubs would be willing to let the prize money remain as is, but monies must be found for assistance to clubs participating in the tier two, as is the case with tier one clubs.”

Rigues said tier two clubs “own” the Super League “as members holding shares in a company” and that “each member had a vested interest to invest in the operations of the company tasked with the responsibility of executing the TTSL competitions and handling the affairs of its members.”

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2023 T&T Premier Football League Tier 2 Thread
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2023, 01:28:03 AM »
Tobago teams clash, Police vs Harlem in TTPFL tier two openers.
By Jonathan Ramnanansingh (T&T Newsday).


Trinidad and Tobago Premier Football League (TTPFL) tier two teams are gearing up for the opening round of matches this weekend.

The inaugural tourney kicks off on Saturday in Trinidad with Police FC up against Harlem Strikers at Police Barracks in St James while the two Tobago teams – Bethel SC and FC Phoenix – begin their campaign against each other at Dwight Yorke Stadium in Bacolet.

Both matches kick off from 5pm.

On Sunday, three matches get underway as Guaya United hosts Defence Force at the Guayaguayare Recreation Ground, San Fernando Giants travel to CIC Grounds in Port of Spain to meet QPCC FC and Matura Reunited meet Petit Valley/ Diego Martin United at a venue yet to be confirmed.

The season will run for 14 weeks culminating in August. The truncated season for both tiers means there will be no promotion or relegation at the end of the season.

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« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2023, 01:25:37 AM »
UTT surges to Tier 2 top with 4-2 win.
By Walter Alibey (T&T Guardian).


The University of T&T (UTT) took the top position in Tier 2 of the T&T Premier Football League after two rounds of matches on Sunday afternoon.

This climb came after they defeated Petit Valley Diego Martin United (PVDM Utd) 4-2 at St Anthony's College Ground, Morne Coco Road, Westmoorings.

The win came from goals by Kevaughn Connell in the 10th, Nicholai Holder in the 18th, Reinaldo Atwell in the 87th and Marcus Griffith in the 90+2 minutes that took them to three points and a better goal difference.

The two goals from United came from Kiron Manswell (81st minute) and Jelani Ferary in the 85th.

Southerners San Fernando Giants, who pulled off a surprising upset of Guaya United 2-1 at the Manny Ramjohn Stadium in Marabella on Saturday, sealed the second position on the 11-team standing with three points and a goal difference of one, as opposed to UTT's goal difference of two.

The Giants got a double from the boot of Darnell Hospedales in the 56th minute (penalty) and 82nd to hold off the Guayaguayare men, who got a lone strike from Kirtson Baird in the 57th minute.

Meanwhile, third-place Defence Force had their second drawn match of the League, coming from a 1-1 tie with FC Phoenix at the Dwight Yorke Stadium in Bacolet, Tobago.

The Army Coast-Guard Combination men were off to a perfect start when Jerwyn Balthazar put them ahead in the 35th minute. However, late in the encounter, the Tobago-based team got the equalizer from Michael 'Jem' Gordon from the penalty spot in the 76th minute.

In another game at the weekend, Police FC and Bethel SC played to a 2-2 tied at the St James Police Barracks training ground. Goals for the Lawmen came from Kareem Grant (30th) and Josiah Phillip (71st), while Bethel's items came courtesy of a brace from Teejay Cadiz in the third and 46th minutes.

Standings

P*W*L*D*F*A*GD*Pts
1*UTT*1*1*0*0*4*2*2*3
2*San Fernando Giants*1*1*0*0*2*1*1*3
3*Defence Force*2*0*0*2*1*1*0*2
4*FC Phoenix*2*0*0*2*2*2*0*2
5*TT Police*2*0*0*2*2*2*0*2
6*Bethel SC*2*0*0*2*3*3*0*2
7*Guaya United*2*0*1*1*1*2*-1*1
8*Harlem Strikers*1*0*0*1*0*0*0*1
9*PVDM Utd*1*0*1*0*2*4*-2*0

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« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2023, 03:47:54 PM »
Matura Reunited coach confident of top six finish
By Sherdon Pierre (T&T Newsday)


MATURA Reunited head coach James Baird is optimistic his team will do well this season in the inaugural T&T Premier Football League Two.

Baird said, “I`m really looking forward to the challenge. After seeing the opening weekend and getting some training. We will definitely finish top six. We can do better than that as we start getting positive results on the table.”

The former professional goalkeeper also said he was impressed with the fitness level of his players and their opponents.

Matura drew 0-0 in their first match of the campaign against Tobago Phoenix last week, playing the last half hour with ten players after their goalkeeper was sent off.

Baird is looking forward to their next match against Police FC on Sunday. He said, “I have a lot of my players available, and we will be raring to go. I`m just looking forward to a host of competitive games because there are some very good teams in the league. Although there aren’t any relegation and promotion this year, a lot of teams would want to show what they can do, and we are one of those teams.”

Baird admitted that Matura didn’t have an ideal start to the season but he believes that better days are ahead for the club. “It has been a bit difficult because the season came up on us quickly, but we were able to put together a competitive squad without a pre-season.

We have a squad in training for two and a half weeks now.”

Baird coached the senior women`s team last year and had previous stints at Guaya United and Matura. Internationally, he coached in Iceland, Denmark, and Scotland and played professionally for 20 years.
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« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2023, 06:18:04 PM »
FC Phoenix soar to summit of Trinidad and Tobago Premier League tier 2
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FC Phoenix moved to the top of the Trinidad and Tobago Premier Football League tier two, following a 2-0 victory over San Fernando Giants, at the Manny Ramjohn Stadium, Marabella on Sunday.

It was the second straight 2-0 win for the Tobago team, after taking care of Police FC in their previous encounter. The unbeaten Phoenix have amassed eight points from four matches.

In a close contest, Jabbary Francis eventually broke the deadlock with a header, following a right-sided corner in the 81st minute. Michaeel Gem Gordon doubled the advantage with a penalty two minutes before full-time to settle proceedings.

Commenting on the game, Phoenix coach Nigel De Souza said he is not getting carried away with their early fortunes. He said, “It was an evenly contested game. The second-half changes made the difference for us.

“It is a nice feeling to be at the top, but we are not getting ahead of ourselves; there are teams that have only played two matches and we will have to see how those results go.”

Phoenix drew their first two matches but have found their stride.

“Our first priority is to qualify for the big six,” De Souza said. “However, the team is settling nicely; they understand the formation and there is strong competition to make the team.

“The players are upbeat. We will just keep putting in the work and take things one game at a time.”

The other Tobago team in the league, Bethel SC, squandered a two-goal cushion against UTT FC at the Dwight Yorke Stadium, Bacolet on Saturday, to settle for their fourth draw in as many matches.

Both teams were relying on patient build-up from defence in the early stages of the match.

The ploy proved costly for UTT in the 17th minute, as a Bethel attacker pinched a lazy effort to control the ball by a UTT defender, which resulted in a penalty converted by Kieon Melville.

UTT responded in the 41st minute, when a quick counter-attack resulted in an aerial pass from the right side eluded the Bethel goalkeeper, and Dacian John was in the right spot to convert from close range.

However, Bethel went into halftime with a 2-1 lead, as Akeilon Murphy was on the end of a through-ball which he converted from close range, following a clinical build-up from the left, on the stroke of the interval.

Two minutes after the resumption, Bethel extended their advantage when a left-sided corner was met by Jokiah Leacock, who had an uncontested header into the back of the net.

UTT kept probing and John's diagonal run into the Bethel penalty area, in the 81st, was not tracked, and he had a free header at the near post from a right-sided cross, which he buried.

Bethel seemed to be playing for the final whistle and UTT's Ricaldo Castellano punished them by eluding three Bethel defenders to finish clinically past the goalie and earn a share of the points.

Bethel players were left visible dejected, stuck in fifth position on four points.

In other weekend results, PDVM United defeated Guaya United 2-0; QPCC stayed perfect after two games, following a 2-0 win over Harlem Strikers, which elevated them to second position; Police jumped to third, after edging Matura Reunited 2-1.
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« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2023, 01:26:58 PM »
UTT host Tobago’s Phoenix
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University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) host leaders FC Phoenix at its O’Meara, Arima campus, as Tier 2 of the Trinidad and Tobago Premier Football League resumes today.

None of 11 Tier 2 teams have advanced to the quarter-final of the Premier Football League Knockout Cup leaving the second flight clubs free to resume league play.

Blessed with a strike force which includes former Police, Central FC and W Connections striker Mikael Jem Gordon and ex-Club Sando midfielder Jabari Francis, 2022 Tobago champions Phoenix currently lead Tier 2 with two wins and two draws from four matches played, while UTT are sixth, having lost once in four matches.

TIER TWO MATCHES:

(Today)

UTT FC vs FC Phoenix, UTT campus ground, O’Meara, 3 p.m.

Harlem Strikers FC vs San Fernando Giants FC, Frederick Settlement, 4 p.m.

(Tomorrow)

Defence Force FC vs Bethel SC

UTT vs ECHIAF, Caroni North Bank Road, Centeno, 3 p.m.

Guaya United vs Police FC, Guayaguayare Rec. Grd, 4 p.m.

QPCC FC vs Matura Reunited, CIC Grounds, 4 p.m.
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« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2023, 01:23:24 AM »
Harlem Strikers protest to stop Guay, Police Big 6 match
...Says Derron John not eligible
By Walter Alibey (T&T Guardian).


Cunupia-based football team, Harlem Strikers, which has been locked in a battle for the sixth-place finish in Tier 2 of the T&T Premier Football League (TTPFL), is now protesting the eligibility of Guaya striker Derron John.

John played on Saturday for Guaya United FC and was among the scorers in a 4-2 victory over Bethel FC in Tobago, a result that earned them (Guaya) the sixth position on the Tier 2 standings.

Both Guaya and the Strikers are locked on 13 points with the same goal difference of zero, but the southeast team got the edge based on a head-to-head comparison.

Yesterday, however, Harlem manager Gregory Mc Sween sent a letter to the football association's general secretary Amiel Mohammed, informing him of Guaya's use of John who was not transferred from Tier 1 outfit San Juan Jabloteh in time to play.

Guaya is scheduled to face the Police today at the Police Barracks in St James in the play-off, but Mc Sween is calling for the match to be stopped.

"We have to report for information that Derron John played for Guaya United FC against Bethel on Saturday 9th September 2023 and he also scored a goal," said Mc Sween in his letter.

"Mr John played with San Juan Jabloteh for the whole season in Tier 1 as a professional player. Mr John transferred from San Juan Jabloteh on 13th August 2023 to Guaya United. There was no transfer window opened on 13/08/2023. The TTFA (T&T Football Association) opened a transfer window from the 17th of July 2023 to the 27th of July 2023 to facilitate clubs that have to play in Concacaf Competitions. Mr John was not supposed to play because the window was closed," Mc Sween explained.

Mohammed could not be contacted yesterday when Guardian Media reached out to him.

However, Guaya coach Travis Mulraine said he is almost certain the player was eligible to play.

He said they sent in a request for the player among other players, yet there was a period of more than three weeks before the request could be sealed.

He explained further that in the case of Bethel, that match was originally scheduled to be played on August 3, which meant that they would have sent in the request within the stipulated period of between July 17 and July 27, this year.

He noted also that he is leaving the matter in the hands of the parent TTFA but said he feels safe that his team will be the sixth-placed team in Tier 2.

Guaya manager Randy Hagley said according to the system being used for the registration of players, once a player does not get approval, he cannot be put on the roster of a team. Hagley noted that the new FIFA system that is being used now, is nothing like it was in the past.

"So once a player takes the field for a team, it means that the TTFA would have given the okay for him, or else it would raise a red flag," Hagley said.

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« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2023, 06:55:50 PM »
TTFA sanctions Guaya United
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Harlem Strikers was awarded the sixth position in Tier II of the T&T Premier Football League and with it a ‘Big Six’ playoff spot after the T&T Football Association sanctioned Guaya United for the use of an unregistered player – Derron John.

Last Thursday, Guaya United FC was given a 1 p.m. deadline to provide details and information about the transfer and approval of striker Derron John, who had been the subject of an ongoing battle between the southeast team and Harlem Strikers for the overall sixth position.

Both teams were locked on the same points and goal difference after the final day of action in round one of the competition with Guaya getting the nod for the sixth position based on a head-to-head comparison which put them among the six qualifiers for the Big Six Play Off that was scheduled to begin last weekend.

In the playoffs, Guaya was set to face Police FC, but a protest lodged by Harlem Strikers forced the T&TFA to suspend the match until an investigation was done.

In a media release on Tuesday night by Amiel Mohammed, the general secretary of the TTFA, it mistakenly stated that John was successfully transferred instead of unsuccessfully transferred.

The release stated that: “The initial request to facilitate this transfer is dated 11 August 2023. A correspondence to TTPFL Tier 1 and Tier 2 clubs dated 16 August 2023, indicated that a Domestic Registration Window will be opened from 17 July 2023 to 27 July 2023. We would like to invite Guaya United to kindly provide any details and further information related to Mr John by no later than 1 pm (AST) on 13 September 2023.”

However, Randy Hagley, the Manager of Guaya United noted that the request for John was made between mid-June to early July which was well inside the transfer window and it was later approved by Jabloteh and put into the system for the local football federation approval within the July 27 deadline.

However, the player was only registered on August 6 when the team played against FC Phoenix at the Guaya Recreation Ground in a match that ended 2-2. In that match, he could not play, as there was a grace period to submit names for the game.

When contacted last Tuesday, Gregory Mc Sween, manager of Harlem Strikers, said it was not the concern of his club whether there was a blunder in the registration or not, saying the fact that John was not registered in time was all that mattered to them.

Following a four-member Special Disciplinary Committee meeting which included Alexia Romero (chairwoman), Siddiq Manzano (member), Samuel Harewood (member), and Ato Rockcliffe (member) a decision was taken to award the sixth position to Harlem Strikers.

According to the media release date of September 16, and issued by Monzano: The committee was presented with an incident involving a transfer of a player namely Derron John, from San Juan Jabloteh to Guaya United.

The dispute arises as Guaya United requested the transfer of Mr John after the closure of the Domestic Registration Window “transfer window” and the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association, in error and without the requisite approval to satisfy the provisions of Article 10.3 of the T&T Premier Football League Regulations, 2023.

The release continued: Following the transfer, Mr. John went on to play a TTPFL Tier 2 match for Guaya United against Bethel S.C. where he went on to score the decisive goal propelling Guaya United to the playoffs on goal difference.

It is undisputed that Guaya United is bound by the TT Premier Football League Club Participation Contract signed by Mr Randy Hagley (Club Representative) as well as the relevant Regulations and Code(s) of Conduct contained within the said contract.

It is also undisputed that Guaya United submitted their transfer request for Mr John after the transfer window had already closed.

To fall under the exception expressed in Article 10.3 as mentioned above, the requesting club must submit all relevant supporting documentation inclusive but not limited to Contracts and/or references to the Association to allow for the same to be reviewed and thereafter approved. This was not done on this occasion.

Failing to transfer/register Mr John within the transfer window and not meeting the criteria established to qualify for the exception to the rule in Article 10.3, Mr John is deemed to be an ineligible player.

Rule 19.1 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code 2023 states that if a player fielded in a match and/or competition is declared ineligible, the FIFA judicial bodies, taking into consideration the integrity of the competition concerned, may impose any appropriate disciplinary measures.

Guaya United has responded on Sunday to the TTFA Disciplinary Committee report dated September 16 with a letter addressed to the general secretary Amiel Mohammed stating that: “The ruling, dated 16th September 2023, issued by the secretary of the Special Disciplinary Committee, Attorney Siddiq Manzano with the subject - Transfer and Fielding of Mr Derron John (Guaya United) seeks to prove that Guaya United transferred Mr Derron John from San Juan Jabloteh to Guaya United without approval, instead, the correspondence introduced itself by contradicting the ruling of the committee when it admitted that the TTFA erred in the process, then, it went on to make statements to sully the good name and character of Guaya United, with no basis or proper explanation to justify its ruling, because there is none!”

The teams to contest the ‘Big Six’ include Tobago giants FC Phoenix, who took the top spot on the standings with 24 points from 10 matches, and Queen’s Park in second position with 23 points.

They are joined by third-placed Police FC (19 points), Petit Valley Diego Martin United (16), San Fernando Giants (14), and Harlem Strikers (13).
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« Reply #8 on: September 27, 2023, 03:54:09 PM »
Guaya threatens legal action against TTFA for Big 6 spot
By Walter Alibey (T&T Guardian)


The T&T Football Association (TTFA) is once again mired in controversy and facing potential legal action following its recent decision to award Harlem Strikers the sixth and final spot to contest the quarterfinals of the T&T Premier Football League (TTPFL), Tier 2’s “Big 6” competition that is expected to continue today.

Following written protest from the Strikers surrounding the eligibility of Derron John to represent Guaya United in an earlier match against Bethel, the TTFA has admitted that him playing was an error and penalised Guaya, a move that now allows the Strikers to advance and will now see them square off against Police FC at a time and location yet to be decided.

The decision to grant Harlem Strikers the sixth position in the League comes on the heels of last week’s letter of protest which appealed a 4-2 Guaya win over Bethel, with John being flagged as an ineligible player. In their protest, the Strikers stated that he should not have been allowed to play in that game as his move from San Juan Jabloteh to Guaya was not legal, as it was done outside the transfer window of July 17-27.

But the TTFA decision is not going down well or being accepted by Guaya United owner and manager, Randy Hagley, who yesterday stated he was prepared to take legal action against the football association if Harlem is allowed to play in the “Big 6” ahead of his team.

The outspoken Hagley said Guaya is standing firm that they have done nothing wrong and followed the TTFA regulations regarding the movement of players and that the transfer was legitimate and accepted by the TTFA.

He further charged that the football association was yet to give a response directly to his club stating exactly what they did wrong, based on the rules and system they were made to follow.

According to Hagley, the football association’s constitution itself would prevent Harlem Strikers from being the club which could protest his club’s use of John.

He said, “Not only was Bethel the only club to protest their use of John at the time, but the protest was also done outside of the window. A window of 48 hours or two days is given for clubs to protest, but Harlem’s protest came more than three days after the match.”

Both teams had finished the round-robin inseparable with identical points and goal difference, but Guaya’s coach, Travis Mulraine, asked the TTFA to enforce the FIFA rule of using results of any head-to-head match-up as the determining factor when this occurs. This means the 4-2 scoreline which went in their favour, seeing his team advancing to take the final spot.

But the legal action can be avoided as Hagley offered an olive branch to the TTFA and suggested another path to resolving the impasse, by joining Derek Edwards, the Petit Valley Diego Martin United manager, in proposing that the TTFA can arrange a one-off match between Guaya and Harlem Strikers to decide which team gets the final playoff spot.

Edwards, in lobbying for the one-off game, drew an analogy saying, “If you are the gatekeeper for an organisation and you allow someone who should not be in to come in, then you cannot blame anyone if something goes wrong. It is the TTFA that is keeping back the process because they refuse to accept the blame of letting John play as he did in this case.

“It is ironic that the TTFA refused to accept RSSR into the League at the beginning for not having a document from the Ministry of Legal Affairs, something that was totally out of their hands. Yet, the TTFA denied them. The irony is that the same TTFA wants clubs to accept their error and move on when they didn’t do so for RSSR.”

The latest suggestions and threats of legal action may be somewhat of a shock to the TTFA who may have considered the matter closed since last week when Amiel Mohammed, general secretary of the embattled body, sent out a letter which clearly stated: “The TTFA and T&T Premier Football League (TTPFL) confirm that Guaya United’s correspondence dated 17 September 2023 and subsequent email notes have been received regarding the matter of the status of player Derron John.

“Pursuant to our correspondence dated 20 September 2023, the TTFA Special Disciplinary Committee (SDC) has issued a decision on the matter and it is now considered closed in accordance with the Regulations and Participation Agreement of the TTPFL, the FIFA Disciplinary Code, other relevant FIFA, TTFA, and TTPFL guidelines or documentation and the provisions for appeal as prescribed in the regulations and relevant documents. We also acknowledge your communication with respect to the other matters raised which are internal to the TTFA.”

All eyes will now be on the TTFA and the clubs involved in the Big 6 to see what happens next.
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« Reply #9 on: October 09, 2023, 12:07:59 PM »
Leacock’s hattrick seals 3rd spot for Harlem in Tier 2
By Walter Alibey (T&T Guardian)


A hat-trick from Isaiah Leacock confirmed Harlem Strikers as the third-best in Tier 2 of the T&T Premier Football League yesterday when they defeated Queen’s Park 5-1 at the Larry Games Stadium in Malabar, Arima.

The Strikers scored all the goals on the day, including the Parkites item which via an own goal from Jabari Andell in the fourth minute.

The game was a delayed encounter after protest action over Guaya United’s use of striker Derron John led to a battle to determine the sixth-place team to contest the Big 6 Playoff. Both Guaya and Harlem Strikers finished on identical points and goal difference. But after Guaya sought to enforce the FIFA head-to-head rule that gave them the edge, came the protest by the Strikers which the T&T Football Association upheld.

The Strikers then went on to beat Police in the quarterfinals before losing in the semifinals to FC Phoenix 5-1 on penalties.

Yesterday, the own goal handed the Parkites the advantage but the Strikers struck back in the 13th minute from Clayton Carter before the Leacock show. The talented striker got goals in the 61st, 74th and 89th minute, while Jeremy Ashley drilled the final nail into the Queen’s Park coffin for the win and third-place honours.

After the match manager Gregory McSween said: “It was a very sweet win because Queen’s Park beat us in the first game. We had to fight throughout the entire League, including through a protest and now the boys have something to show for it.”

McSween added: “The players fought to the very end and the third-place title was confirmation they deserved to be among the top teams in the tournament.”

Yesterday’s result

Strikers 5 (Clayton Carter 13th, Isaiah Leacock 61st, 74th, 89th, Jeremy Ashley 79th) vs Queen’s Park 1 (Jabari Andell 4th).
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« Reply #10 on: October 09, 2023, 12:40:12 PM »
TTFA told to apologise to Guaya
By Walter Alibey (T&T Guardian)


T&T Football Association (TTFA) has been asked to offer a public apology to T&T Premier Football League's (TTPFL) Tier 2 campaigners Guaya United FC for their involvement in the south-east club not contesting the Big 6 Play-Off, which is in the final stage.

The apology was decided on by a request from Guaya manager and owner Randy Hagley on Saturday at the TTFA's annual general meeting (AGM).

Guaya footballers thought they had sewn up the sixth-place spot in Tier 2, which would have automatically earned them a place in the Big 6 based on the FIFA head-to-head rule, as both they and Harlem Strikers were locked on the same points and goal difference. However, the Strikers lodged an appeal on Guaya's use of striker Derron John, who was among the goalscorers in their final match with Bethel SC which ended 4-2 in Guaya's favour. Hagley assured the members his team's transfer of John from San Juan Jabloteh was done successfully within the official Domestic Registration Window of July 27 to August 17, and it was the embattled football association that erred in the process.

The TTFA, through a Special Disciplinary Committee, on September 16 issued a letter to Guaya in which it admitted to having made a mistake in the process.

The letter stated: "The Committee was presented with an incident involving a transfer of a player namely Derron John, from San Juan Jabloteh to Guaya United. The dispute arises as Guaya United requested the transfer of Mr John after the closure of the Domestic Registration Window 'transfer window' and the T&T Football Association, in error and without the requisite approval to satisfy the provisions of Article 10.3 of the TTPFL Regulations, 2023. Following the transfer, Mr John went on to play a TTPFL Tier 2 match for Guaya United against Bethel SC where he went on to score the decisive goal propelling Guaya United to the Playoffs on goal difference."

Osmond Downer, president of the T&T Football Referees Association raised the issue at the AGM and it was agreed that the TTFA had legitimised the transfer. As a result, it was decided by the memberships that Guaya should be compensated for their loss.

Nigel Romano, the member of the FIFA-appointed Normalisation Committee chaired the meeting and was said to have agreed that the football association was in the wrong regarding the improper transfer of John.

Guardian Media Sports also learned that Romano agreed that Guaya should be compensated.

Hagley said he was asked what sort of compensation he wanted and he said, that while he was disappointed with the recent developments and felt that his team does not want to play in the league anymore, he would, in the interest of not stopping the league, ask for a public apology from the TTFA.

As such, it was decided by the members that Downer would draft out the apology this week for approval by the members for the football association to issue for public consumption.

Hagley said he was pleased by the way things went at the meeting and congratulated Romano, whom he said showed total fairness.

"I feel at ease now because I know Guaya United did nothing wrong. Based on discussions of a possible legal process, it was determined that a court of law would have stopped the final from being played.

"However, this is not what I want, I want to see football taking place, and besides that, the matter is already far gone. The only way I would have asked for the league to be stopped is if Harlem Strikers was in the final because they were not the ones to lodge the protest," Hagley explained.

The Guaya manager in giving a recount of what transpired said: "All the info regarding the transfer of John was sent to Jabloteh by mid-July. It was approved by Jabloteh in early August and was sent again for approval by the TTFA well before the close of the window. We got approval for the player on August 6, the same day we were scheduled to play Bethel SC, so we did nothing wrong," Hagley said.

Meanwhile, the third and fourth-place play-off in tier 2 was set to be decided yesterday at the Larry Gomes Stadium in Malabar, Arima between Queen's Park and Harlem Strikers.

The final is set for tomorrow at the Dwight Yorke Stadium in Bacolet, Tobago, between FC Phoenix and Petit Valley Diego Martin United.
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« Reply #11 on: October 12, 2023, 06:51:21 PM »
1976 Phoenix FC cop TTPFL Tier II title
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1976 FC Phoenix are the kings of the inaugural Trinidad and Tobago Football Association Premier League, Tier-2 division.

The Tobago boys played unbeaten in the tournament, after edging Petit Valley-Diego Martin United of Trinidad 2-1, in the final at the Dwight Yorke Stadium, Bacolet on Tuesday.

The first half was punctuated by missed opportunities for both teams and ended goalless.

The level of play was more palatable in the second half, as the teams settled into their rhythm.

United sprung a counter-attack from their defence in the 65th minute and Akeil Thomas received a well-waited through ball on the right of Phoenix’s defence, where he eluded a defender and his shot found the back of the net.

While in the ascendancy United appeared to be playing for time too early, as they were delaying every infringement. After a sustained period of attack, Lejandro Williams provided the lifeline for Phoenix in the 77th minute.

Following a build-up on the left, Williams was on the end of a diagonal ball in United’s six-yard box and with only the keeper to beat, he made no mistake to level the scores at one goal each.

The winning goal came 11 minutes later.

United under no pressure, easily surrendered possession to Phoenix just inside their half, which resulted in a shot on goal that rebounded off the goalkeeper unto the feet of Mickaeel Gem Gordon, who scored from close range.

United had no answer in the remaining minutes and Phoenix celebrated the title.

Phoenix coach Nigel De Souza was thankful for the result, “playing in front a partisan crowd the pressure was on, and we did not want to lose the last game of the season, so we are elated and happy to win”. De Souza expressed.

Gordon, Phoenix’s leading goal scorer for the season, who netted the winner said, “My mindset is to score every game and the crowd energy felt like a twelfth man, so when I scored the first place i pointed was the stands”.

United manager Derek Edwards said, “Coming into the game, we felt confident, we were on a good run and when the teams met earlier in the season, we were down to ten men and the game was close, but congratulations to Phoenix”.
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Re: 2023 T&T Premier Football League Tier 2 Thread
« Reply #12 on: October 23, 2023, 02:27:36 PM »
TTFA apologizes to Guaya United FC
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At the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) reconvened Annual General meeting held on Saturday October 7th , the General Secretary was directed by the Meeting to apologise, on behalf of the TTFA,to the Guaya United Football Club, as a consequence of the following sequence of events:

On September 9th, 2023, Guaya United (Guaya) played a T&T Premier Football League Tier 2 game against Bethel United FC and won the game. This qualified Guaya to be one of the final six teams to contest for the trophy via the Play Offs since Guaya was then tied with Harlem Strikers FC for sixth place on points but qualified on goals scored. Bethel United accepted the defeat and made no protest. However, three days after the Guaya-Bethel game, Harlem Strikers lodged a protest to the TTFA, questioning the eligibility of player, Derron John, who played for Guaya in the Bethel game.

On August 3, 2023 Guaya had requested permission from San Juan Jabloteh Football Club (SJJFC) to allow a transfer of player Derron John to Guaya and SJJFC agreed to the transfer on August 10th, 2023. The TTFA processed the transfer in the “Connect System”on August 13th, 2023, effectively ratifying the transfer of John from SJJFC to Guaya. Guaya then proceeded to use John in the game against Bethel United on September 9th, 2023.

It should be noted that all clubs were advised by the TTFA, by memorandum dated July 16th, 2023, of the domestic transfer window dates, i.e., July 17th, 2023 to July 27th, 2023.

We, the TTFA, acknowledge that we erred in ratifying the transfer because Guaya requested the transfer after the closure of the domestic “transfer/registration window” in contravention of the provisions of Article 10.3 of the T&T Premier Football League Regulations, 2023.

The protest lodged by Harlem Strikers was heard by an ad-hoc “Special Disciplinary Committee”. During the sittings of the Special Disciplinary Committee, Guaya was invited to participate in its deliberations but opted not to do so.

On September 16th, 2023, the TTFA’s General Secretary wrote to Mr. Randy Hagley, President of Guaya, detailing the findings of the Disciplinary Committee. In particular, the Committee noted that:

“It is also undisputed that Guaya United submitted their transfer request for Mr John after the transfer window had already closed. To fall under the exception expressed in Article 10.3 as mentioned above, the requesting club must submit all relevant supporting documentation inclusive, but not limited to, Contracts and/or references to the Association to allow for same to be reviewed and thereafter approved. This was not done on this occasion.

Failing to transfer/register Mr John within the transfer window and not meeting the criteria established to qualify for the exception to the rule in Article 10.3, Mr John is deemed to be an ineligible player.”

The Special Disciplinary Committee’s report indicated that the TTFA “made an error” in allowing the transfer of player John from Jabloteh. In its decision the Special Disciplinary Committee stated, in part, the following;

“The Committee is of the opinion that the violation of fielding Mr. John in the match against Bethel S.C. warrants Guaya United being sanctioned with a forfeit” and “The effect of this decision results in Guaya United losing the match against Bethel S.C. 3 goals to nil”.

This was published in the local media.

This meant that Guaya United lost their place in the Play Offs and was replaced by Harlem Strikers.

The matter was raised at the AGM by President of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Referees Association Osmond Downer and Mr. Hagely provided further context upon invitation. Mr. Hagley also intimated that the matter has brought the reputation of Guaya, which is beloved by its community of Guayaguayare, into public disrepute.

He further stated that he would be satisfied with a public apology in the interest of not disrupting the final matches of the Play Offs and the overall benefit of football.The General Meeting agreed and a motion was passed in this regard.

The General Secretary of the TTFA, on behalf of the TTFA, apologizes to Guaya for the breakdown of internal controls at the TTFA relative to this matter and any problems and embarrassment caused to the Club because of this unfortunate error.
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Re: 2023 T&T Premier Football League Tier 2 Thread
« Reply #13 on: October 24, 2023, 09:27:22 PM »
Apology not sincere - Guaya: TTFA brand us as villains
By Ian Prescott (T&T Express)


Guaya United FC are not accepting the press release issued by the Normalisation Committee (NC) of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) as a genuine apology.

Responding to the correspondence issued on Monday by TTFA general secretary Amiel Mohammed, was Jamerson Rigues, manager of Guaya United and also president of the Trinidad and Tobago Super League, the majority of whose clubs comprise the TTFA’s Tier 2 competition.

Rigues is not of the view that Mohammed’s correspondence represents a genuine apology.

The issue centred around the registration of footballer Derron John. The TTFA upheld a protest by Harlem Strikers and docked Guaya three points, citing that John’s registration with Guaya United was illegal, because it did not come within the transfer window. Subsequently, Harlem Strikers replaced Guaya as qualifiers for the Tier 2 Big 6 competition. The club disagreed, and the TTFA subsequently revealed that John’s registration may have been legitimate.

At the TTFA’s AGM earlier this month, the general membership agreed that Guaya United FC was wronged. Further, Guaya United president Randy Hagley articulated that since the club did not want to disrupt the final stages of the competition, the only recourse that Guaya United wished for, was a public apology.

Rigues stated that what the TTFA had forwarded as an apology, via a press release, is inadequate. “Mr. GS, your press release diverted, deviated, and deflected away from a genuine and acceptable apology statement. Your release to the media seeks to further sully the good name and character of the member, Guaya United FC, it is not a genuine apology,” stated Rigues.

“There is an old saying ‘it takes a big man to apologise.’ So, if you are man enough, kindly provide to the mainstream media a proper apology statement.”

In a media realease, TTFA general secretary Mohammed mainly outlined the process by which Guaya lost its spot as the sixth qualifier for the Tier 2 playoffs, but seemed to apologise mainly for its own deficiency, rather than to the club.

“The General Secretary of the TTFA, on behalf of the TTFA, apologises to Guaya for the breakdown of internal controls at the TTFA relative to this matter and any problems and embarrassment caused to the Club because of this unfortunate error,” the TTFA general secretary stated via press release.

“We, the TTFA, acknowledge that we erred in ratifying the transfer because Guaya requested the transfer after the closure of the domestic ‘transfer/registration window’ in contravention of the provisions of Article 10.3 of the TT Premier Football League Regulations, 2023.”

But Guaya United does not see this as a sincere apology according to subsequent correspondence from Rigues.

“The release, communicated to the media, by your office, does not render any justice to the Guaya United Football Club and its stakeholders. Instead, the release points to Guaya United as the villain, when, in fact, Guaya United is the victim of a very poor administrative error by the TTFA and the TTPFL. Guaya United was robbed of their place in the final.

“May I remind you that the reconvened TTFA AGM of October 7 reviewed the matter, and found that Guaya United was unjustly treated by the league’s administration, and publicly humiliated in the mainstream media. The meaning of the word ‘Apology’ from the Oxford Dictionary states ‘a regretful acknowledgement of an offence or failure’,”
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Re: 2023 T&T Premier Football League Tier 2 Thread
« Reply #14 on: November 06, 2023, 07:58:13 AM »
TTPFL CEO hails success of inaugural season
By Andrew Gioannetti (T&T Newsday)


Colin Wharfe, CEO of the T&T Premier Football League (TTPFL), says the league will submit a report to FIFA next week, with data to support a marked return of spectators and corporate sponsors to the top two tiers of football in the country.

Wharfe celebrated the league's inaugural season on Friday when the TTPFL hosted its awards ceremony for the two tier league competition at Trinidad Hilton.

“(I am here to) assure you that sometime towards the backend of next week, a full report of the season will be presented to the minister (of sport), to FIFA and to you guys so you understand in detail what the last season was about …”

The season kicked off in March and ended on October 10, with Defence Force winning tier one and 1976 FC Phoenix dominating tier two.

Wharfe said the league made significant progress with regard to recommendations made by FIFA.

“We have a lot more work to do to deepen the social and economic integration of our clubs within their communities,” he said, “but we are heartened by our overwhelmingly positive feedback from our social media followers and match attendees.

“In conjunction with our various stakeholders, we plan to leverage the inroads we made this season to fulfill our mandate of discovering and developing the wealth of talent with which we are blessed.”

He said the league based its success on the advances made on the objectives set out by the T&T Football Association for the league, including helping to restore stakeholder trust in the sport.

“In that regard, we had an investment by FIFA and the government, as well as Concacaf, both in cash and in kind. Corporate (TT) has begun to return, and you will see that with the naming of some of the clubs. And we hope to accelerate that process into the new season.”

He said data from the report will also reflect a return of fans to the sport, both at venues and via broadcast media.

Eighty-three matches were broadcast on Sportsmax, while over 50 were streamed on FIFA’s website.

Wharfe said social media was also a crucial marketing platform used to promote the league. But while he noted a wide “reach," the actual engagement from social media users was insufficient and should be seen as an area to explore in the coming season.

Match day attendances, he also said, were also considerably higher than the league projected.

“For those of us who have been around the Pro League (in 2018/2019) when it was ending, there were very few people in the stadia, so we had a very conservative expectation with respect to the crowd and (attendances this season) exceeded every expectation.

He said a FIFA-administered “post-mortem” identified areas in which the league made progress and others where it fell short.

Among the areas identified were: the need to improve marketing at the league and club levels; increase human capital in finance and operations; fill the position of an independent integrity officer; and institutional strengthening at the club level.

He said the three areas have been filled and will become active in the league moving forward.

Wharfe, a retired accountant, said times of change "require strong leaders to be the catalysts for helping team members to understand and buy into the transformation.

"The TTPFL," he said, "will persevere in providing a balance of leadership, guidance and safety nets…

"FIFA, the normalisation committee and the government have told us that time and time again. But we need to learn to fish."

The league, he added, will continue to work with clubs by providing a healthy support system to help them "reengineer their operations" and achieve their social and business objectives.

"Robust reforms will engender astute management, leading to greater accountability and transparency."

Wharfe's address followed that of head of the TTFA normalisation committee Robert Hadad, who commended Wharfe's leadership.

He said the awards were a testament of the hard work and dedication shown by the fans, players, clubs, officials and administrators.

"(Wharfe) has been unwavering in his drive to ensure the league is a success and governed according to process and corporate best practice."

He said the committee had its "battles" with the clubs at first.

"But I must say, I've enjoyed working with the clubs," said Hadad.

Sports Minister Shamfa Cudjoe-Lewis delivered the feature address, during which she described the normalisation committee as more "harmonised" in comparison to previous administrations.

She warned that the government was no longer willing to spend taxpayers' funds recklessly and was satisfied that the current body and the league were taking steps towards financial sustainability.
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