January 26, 2021, 03:21:38 AM

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Who will make a good TTFA president.

Kelvin Jack
5 (13.2%)
Nigel Myers
3 (7.9%)
Flex Mohammed
12 (31.6%)
Terry Fenwick
5 (13.2%)
Somebody Else
13 (34.2%)
Brent Sancho
0 (0%)
David-John Williams
0 (0%)
Foreign Investor
0 (0%)

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Re: TTFA News Thread.
« Reply #570 on: November 14, 2020, 03:42:52 AM »
Hagley calls for one-club, one-vote in T&T Football.
By Walter Alibey (T&T Guardian).


Randy Hagley, the Guaya United owner, and managing director is calling for a one-club one-vote system to be introduced into football managed under the T&T Football Association (TTFA) administration as he believes it will solve many of the problems affecting the sport.

Hagley said this should be a priority for the soon-to-be-reinstalled Normalisation Committee, which will be led by businessman Robert Hadad of the HADCO Group of Companies.

Hagley who controls a club that truly epitomizes the community team and spirit that is being sought after he told Guardian Media Sports that the one-club one-vote system will stamp out corruption which is usually derived from the delegate system.

The Guaya United boss said on Friday: "I have been clamouring for this for a little while now, you see with all this Pro League, T&T Super League, and all those other Leagues, that delegation vote is a conspiracy theory. Take for instance me in the Super League, Guaya is the biggest team in the Super League, and at the last TTSL AGM, only four clubs or five clubs voted for Guaya and Petit Valley and these are two clubs that have following."


He noted further: "These men and dem who are presidents and whoever, does cook up dey panchayat to make sure their team vote for who, and that is wrong. So I say, let us cut out all that kind of foolishness. Once you are a member of the T&TFA and you've reached the required standard that TTFA wants with regards to the club license standard which all clubs around the world is supposed to follow as it is a FIFA guideline, once you meet that, your club is a member of the TTFA, you have one vote. In that way, you can vote for whoever you want. Nobody can't buy you and feel you're doing somebody a favour."

With the delegate system currently, clubs are represented by one or two chosen persons who may or may not represent the views of the clubs individually. Last year at the T&T Football Association Election at the Home of Football in Balmain Couva, the Super League was represented by eight delegates though the League comprises more than 21 clubs, Hagley said.

"Trinidad is too small for that. When you look at the population of T&T of 1.3 million, I am sure that the people who follow football are not half a million people and we cannot get it right. This is because everybody wants to be in charge."

At present the T&T Pro League clubs each have a vote at TTFA general meetings while all the other member association and zones are represented by delegates.

Hagley said the one-club one-vote system should be applied to the Pro League, Super League, the six Regional Associations- Northern FA, Southern FA, Eastern FA, Central FA, Tobago FA, and the Eastern Counties Football Union (ECFU) as well as for the parent football association (T&TFA) elections.

The Guaya United boss is also calling on the TTFA to take over the administration of all the tournaments, thereby doing away with the Regional Associations, Super League, and Pro League, and replace them with Divisions.

He said local football should now comprise of a First, second, Third, and Fourth Divisions.

Meanwhile, Hagley has called for total support for Jameson Rigues for the president of the TTSL, saying he has not received the support of the Board of Directors of the TTSL because he is from the countryside.

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Re: TTFA News Thread.
« Reply #571 on: November 14, 2020, 01:30:11 PM »
One club one vote sounds good in theory, but it concentrates voting power in the lower leagues where numbers are greater, and I dont know if the interests of the gsme overall would be best served by that. Not sure what would be the right way to be fair, and certainly we do need more representation of clubs, players and coaches.

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Re: TTFA News Thread.
« Reply #572 on: November 15, 2020, 01:00:00 AM »
One club one vote sounds good in theory, but it concentrates voting power in the lower leagues where numbers are greater, and I dont know if the interests of the gsme overall would be best served by that. Not sure what would be the right way to be fair, and certainly we do need more representation of clubs, players and coaches.

I tend to agree with you here. One club one vote can still be manipulated to serve a certain group and thus strangling the efforts of others. Just remember Jack brought in a bunch of clubs to vote for him. After he got in, these clubs disappeared after a season or so. The TTFA needed to come up with a solution between the pro-league, super league and the zones. The pro league clubs has no competition. No club can be demoted for finishing last. It reminds me of Sunday morning leagues. They need to find a way to make the super league and pro league competitive. But money talks. If you have money, you can just join the pro-league. And just drop off if things not going good. I don't think this is good for our football.
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Re: TTFA News Thread.
« Reply #573 on: November 15, 2020, 01:18:27 AM »
But just look at the relationship between EPL and the championship, and the the lower divisions. It is kind of rocky. The only thinks that is fluid in the English football for now, is promotion and demotion. The Premier is split with the so called top 6 or 7 pulling their weight against the other clubs. (Man City, Liverpool, Utd, Arsenal, Chelsea, Spurs, maybe Leicester) wanted 5 subs. The others rallied to deny them, because they think it would be to their disadvantage. But it will happened because you can't have all them millionaires sitting on the bench. They need to play.

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Re: TTFA News Thread.
« Reply #574 on: January 19, 2021, 05:26:51 PM »
Talks with National Security Ministry ongoing for friendlies.
By Walter Alibey (T&T Guardian).


Talks with the Ministry of National Security have been taking place behind the scenes as national men's football coach Terry Fenwick intensifies his efforts to secure a few international friendly matches, ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in March.

Fenwick's men are set to face Guyana in their opening match on March 25 but their preparations for the past few months, have been hampered by exemptions needed by the Ministry of National Security, for the teams coming into and going out of the country.

"We have had some concerted efforts behind the scenes with National Security trying to help us to get games. Obviously, in the world we live in today quarantine is a big issue, and it's not just before the games but it's the country that they go back to, so they're in five to seven or 10-day quarantine camps," said Fenwick.

"In the UK, as we speak you have two weeks, wherever you go you've two weeks quarantine. So we recognise the difficulties around the world, yes we're trying to get games, everywhere else around the world they're playing football and we're not. We have got a World Cup qualifier coming up on the 25th of March that is all-important, so we are working hard behind the scenes to achieve these goals."

The former San Juan Jabloteh and Central FC coach has, on numerous occasions, highlighted the challenges being encountered in securing international friendly matches, amid a deadly COVID-19 pandemic, but he said on Tuesday that he is hoping that within the next 24 hours they can announce something of significance.

In the recent past, Fenwick had lined up a number of international matches - with Grenada, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Dominica, as well as a camp in the United States, all of which fell through due to a combination of lack of funding, and the difficulty involved in arranging matches due to the coronavirus protocols.  

Following the team's opening match at home, the Warriors will then face Puerto Rico on March 28 (away), the Bahamas on June 5 (away), and St Kitts and Nevis on June 8 (at home).

In spite of the challenges, however, Fenwick continued his preparations on Tuesday at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Mucurapo with a large, enthusiastic crop of mostly young players, who will have to work doubly hard to seal a place on the team.

Like Fenwick, the players have had their own challenges with no local football taking place for the past year and a half.  Due to this, Fenwick has had to scour the globe in search of match-fit players, which he told the media he has done successfully.

The English-born coach has already identified some 25 players from the UK and in the United States which he said may most likely be the players to represent the country at the qualifiers.    

In the meanwhile, the local players have been developing a playing style that will suit the team.

Fenwick explained: "We're establishing a style of play. We've identified lots of players overseas, UK, Europe, and North America and they are playing at a much better standard of football than the guys here in Trinidad, but we've all got to come to a style of football that suits the players that we've got, that's what I am doing with the local guys here on the ground."

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Re: TTFA News Thread.
« Reply #575 on: January 19, 2021, 05:29:30 PM »
Football coaches group seeks place on TTFA board.
By Joel Bailey (T&T Newsday).


THE National Football Coaches of TT (NFCTT) is eagerly seeking a place among the board of the directors in the TT Football Association (TTFA).

NFCTT interim first vice-president Wayne Sheppard, on Monday, said, “We sent in the documentation that we needed through to the (FIFA-appointed) normalisation committee for them to progress the process of us being (represented) at board level. We also made a call to Osmond Downer who was helping us with the constitution draft.”

Sheppard said, “We had to put the work with normalisation committee to get us reinstated on the front burner because their mandate is to further align the constitution with FIFA’s constitution. We want to make sure that, in that alignment, we are not left out.”

The NFCTT’s interim executive comprises Jefferson George (president), Sheppard, Dernelle Mascall (second vice-president), Curtis Orr (treasurer), Rayshawn Mars (general secretary), Angus Eve, Clayton Morris and Richard Hood (ordinary members).

According to Sheppard, the group is pleased with the feedback they have been receiving from the normalisation committee, headed by Robert Hadad.

“Jefferson George is the person who’s (on) point on all communications with the normalisation committee,” Sheppard said. “He’s been corresponding with them as it relates to the documents required to get us reinstated at board level. We have been kept up to date by his interactions with them. There is no complaint from that aspect.”

Sheppard said that the national coaches, who were hired during the four-month reign of William Wallace as TTFA president, are still hopeful of getting the remainder of the salaries owed to them.

“We were paid 50 per cent and we’re still discussing with (the normalisation committee) the time frame for the remaining 50 per cent,” he said. “That matter pertains to the coaches who were appointed to the national positions in early 2020.”

With regards to the work being done by the NFCTT, Sheppard said, “We met with the TTOC (TT Olympic Committee) to discuss transparency in governance and those things, the effects of the (covid19) lockdown on sports, and getting things back up.

“We also started a covid-relief drive for coaches who are out of work, non-national coaches,” he added. “We distributed some hampers. We had a meeting with the technical director Dion La Foucade (last) weekend.”

Sheppard pointed out, “We met with the Pro League, the Super League (and) WoLF. We have to meet with the Tobago coaches, through the Tobago Football Association and then the South, East and North coaches. That will all be done together.”

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Re: TTFA News Thread.
« Reply #576 on: January 19, 2021, 10:39:32 PM »
Football coaches group seeks place on TTFA board.
By Joel Bailey (T&T Newsday).


THE National Football Coaches of TT (NFCTT) is eagerly seeking a place among the board of the directors in the TT Football Association (TTFA).

NFCTT interim first vice-president Wayne Sheppard, on Monday, said, “We sent in the documentation that we needed through to the (FIFA-appointed) normalisation committee for them to progress the process of us being (represented) at board level. We also made a call to Osmond Downer who was helping us with the constitution draft.”

Sheppard said, “We had to put the work with normalisation committee to get us reinstated on the front burner because their mandate is to further align the constitution with FIFA’s constitution. We want to make sure that, in that alignment, we are not left out.”

The NFCTT’s interim executive comprises Jefferson George (president), Sheppard, Dernelle Mascall (second vice-president), Curtis Orr (treasurer), Rayshawn Mars (general secretary), Angus Eve, Clayton Morris and Richard Hood (ordinary members).

According to Sheppard, the group is pleased with the feedback they have been receiving from the normalisation committee, headed by Robert Hadad.

“Jefferson George is the person who’s (on) point on all communications with the normalisation committee,” Sheppard said. “He’s been corresponding with them as it relates to the documents required to get us reinstated at board level. We have been kept up to date by his interactions with them. There is no complaint from that aspect.”

Sheppard said that the national coaches, who were hired during the four-month reign of William Wallace as TTFA president, are still hopeful of getting the remainder of the salaries owed to them.

“We were paid 50 per cent and we’re still discussing with (the normalisation committee) the time frame for the remaining 50 per cent,” he said. “That matter pertains to the coaches who were appointed to the national positions in early 2020.”

With regards to the work being done by the NFCTT, Sheppard said, “We met with the TTOC (TT Olympic Committee) to discuss transparency in governance and those things, the effects of the (covid19) lockdown on sports, and getting things back up.

“We also started a covid-relief drive for coaches who are out of work, non-national coaches,” he added. “We distributed some hampers. We had a meeting with the technical director Dion La Foucade (last) weekend.”

Sheppard pointed out, “We met with the Pro League, the Super League (and) WoLF. We have to meet with the Tobago coaches, through the Tobago Football Association and then the South, East and North coaches. That will all be done together.”

This is all very laudable.

After having made numerous posts on the failing of coaches to be seated at the table, and advocating for such, the structured manner with which NFCTT has been treating its inclusion is noteworthy. The missing elements were the will to do it, solidarity within the coaching ranks, a galvanizing moment and a proper appreciation of what was at stake. The thing is: any federation leadership could have harnessed this vacuum by facilitating steps even if coaches themselves had to do the legwork and lifting to make the formalities happen.

I emphasize that because there are two other drums that have been beaten here also. One is that of players taking their seat at the table. The third I will deal with separately.
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