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Re: TTFA News Thread.
« Reply #600 on: May 11, 2021, 12:49:17 AM »
Players, coaches may benefit from FIFA COVID-19 Funding.
By Walter Alibey (T&T Guardian).


There are concerns in the local football fraternity as to why money from FIFA implemented COVID-19 Relief Fund is not used to pay players, coaches and other staff members.

The fund was introduced by the sport's world governing body to help Member Associations deal with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, which had affected sports around the world when it hit in March last year.

A report from FIFA states: "FIFA's Member Associations are each set to receive $1 million (£771,000/€849,000) as part of the governing body's COVID-19 relief plan. The organisation will make a total of $1.5 billion (£1.16 billion/€1.27 billion) available for its 211 Member Association from the six Confederations to alleviate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

The plan, given the green light by the Bureau of the FIFA Council, was drawn up by FIFA administration in cooperation with confederations and was approved by the ruling FIFA Council on June 25."

President Gianni Infantino said: "This relief plan is a great example of football's solidarity and commitment in such unprecedented times."

In the first phase of the plan, the operational cost entitlements to Member Associations were released.

In the second phase, MAs were allowed to transform their development project grants into COVID operational relief, while a third phase includes a universal solidarity grant of $1 million for all members as well as an additional grant of $500,000 (£385,000/€425,000) for women's football.

An additional $2 million (£1.42 million/€1.7 million) was set to be offered to each Confederation, with all full amounts being made available by January 2021.

In Jamaica, these grants were used to pay players' stipend and salaries, while in Barbados both players and clubs received monies from the COVID Relief Fund to help throughout the pandemic, said long-standing Barbadian Football Administrator and Caribbean Football Union president (CFU) Randy Harris revealed to Guardian Media Sports on Monday.

In T&T, Robert Hadad and his Normalisation Committee (NC) which were appointed by FIFA in 2020, were forced to make an about-turn after stating that the NC was not obligated to pay players a stipend and that that line item was not in a budget submitted to FIFA. Following media reports Hadad, the HADCO Group of Companies director has faced strong criticisms because players were unable to earn an income due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The NC boss had also refused to pay salaries, however, the concerns were addressed last week with a promise to pay following a meeting between the National Football Coaches Association of T&T and the NC.

According to Harris, national players can benefit from the COVID Relief Fund, which is what Barbados used to pay its players. "What we did was give the players monthly stipend, the players who were training in the national team. The coach decided on the amount of money for players based on the status of the team, in other words, if you are a starter or a likely starter you will get a certain amount. If you don't start you get another amount."

T&T local players are due to receive stipends at the end of this month, after close to a year of training with the team. It is uncertain if the amount will be a one-time payment.

Harris said he believes the difficulty posed for the players to be given stipends may have come from directives by the FIFA to the normalisation committee about how the funding is to be used.

Harris said the huge debt that T&T has found itself in, has made the situation difficult for players to be given a stipend.

Monies from FIFA, courtesy annual grants and COVID Relief funds have already been received by all member associations, with additional loans of up to $4 million being offered by the sport's world governing body.

The funds were made available for Member Associations to use for the restart of activities and competition, implementation of return-to-play protocols, the participation of national teams in competitions, the hiring and re-hiring of staff, the maintenance of football infrastructure and general administration and operating costs.

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Re: TTFA News Thread.
« Reply #601 on: May 30, 2021, 12:34:54 AM »
Fenwick, Hadad's silence worries NFCTT.
By Walter Alibey (T&T Guardian).


After receiving a promise that salaries and wages owed to them will be paid at the end of the month (May), president of the National Football Coaches of T&T (NFCTT) Jefferson George said the coaches are looking forward to Tuesday's payment.

"And that is only because the last day of the month, Monday, (May 31) is a holiday, so we're looking at Tuesday for a payout of salaries," said George, the executive who has spearheaded two meetings with their employers - the Normalisation Committee (NC) which was appointed by the sport's world governing body FIFA, in March last year.

George, an former goalkeeper also told Guardian Media Sports that the organisaton is looking to bring an end to the code of silence used by both Hadad and national coach Terry Fenwick in the handling of the national team affairs and the sport, in general.

The team was whisked out of the country on Friday with Hadad and Fenwick refusing to give an update on the team, the challenges faced and where the country's scheduled home match on June 8 against St Kitts and Nevis is to be played.

The NC only provided information about the team, as well as comments from the coach through the T&T Football Association's (TTFA) media officer Shaun Fuentes while the team was en route to the Bahamas for its first game on Saturday (June 5). The team's second game against St Kitts and Nevis will be on June 8.

The expected payment of salaries will be made to some 40 coaches and staff members, while stipends will be given to an unknown number of local players who are not attached to any clubs presently.

This assurance was given to the coaches by the NC deputy chairman and attorney Judy Daniel, businessmen Trevor Gomez and Nigel Romano - all of whom represented the NC in the absence of chairman Robert Hadad.

George said his association was given the assurance that payment is still on track for the promised time.

"They are still on track for a month-end payment. The 28th was yesterday which fell on the weekend and the 30th is tomorrow, so we are still looking at payment on Tuesday. With the holiday in the middle of next week, we're still trying to make that deadline, so we're just waiting for delivery.

"At this point, it's only wait we can wait and remain optimistic. We don't have too much details on what's causing the delay in payment or, as you might infer, what is happening with the money? That was our question, having not been given a settlement but at this point, we don't want to speculate and I don't want to get into that.

"Right now, I want to make sure that they deliver as to their promise. At this point, they're on track and hopefully, we could be able to get some answers to the other issues."

George also noted: "What we would have told them as well is that the promise that was made we accepted in good faith and we are allowing them to show themselves to be honourable men."

The lone payment of salaries to coaches was made on December 23, last year and despite a promise that the balance of the payment would have been made by January of this year, they have been horrific reports of a staff member on the verge of being evicted from his apartment, as well as players threatening to abandon the team in search of a job where they can be paid.

George and the coaches association also attempted to deal with the level of secrecy being used to manage the affairs of the sport and the football team.

Guardian Media Sports was reliably informed that both Fenwick and Hadad agreed to address the media on Thursday before the team left the day after, but this failed to materialise.

George said: "That is something we attempted to do before Thursday but they had the situation with the players who were tested positive for COVID-19. The intent was to have a bit of time for the press to ask about the team Thursday after training, but that did not materialise.

"We also looked at doing something at the Woodbrook facility as well but having to get permission from the Ministry, and the COVID protocols and all that, it would have been a little too much to pull it off."

George promised the NFCTT will continue to work with Fenwick and the normalisation committee for a better relationship with the media and the sport's stakeholders.

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Re: TTFA News Thread.
« Reply #602 on: May 30, 2021, 03:19:10 AM »
Why is it that bargaining with, or imploring, the NC/TTFA to speak openly to the people of Trinidad and Tobago is a "thing"?

As things are poised, somebody feelings on de verge of getting hurt.
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STILL WAITING...Outstanding salaries for coaches now coming this month
« Reply #603 on: June 04, 2021, 01:31:56 PM »
STILL WAITING...Outstanding salaries for coaches now coming this month
By Ian Prescott (T&T Express)


NATIONAL team coaches have been told to wait another week for payment of outstanding salaries, the Fifa-appointed normalisation committee not having met the May month-end promise it issued a few weeks ago.

However, National Football Coaches of Trinidad and Tobago (NFCTT) Interim president Jefferson George is holding on to hope that in a week’s time original promises will be met. Former W Connection goalkeeper George confirmed that salaries were not in bank accounts at month’s end as promised but is buoyed having been in communication with the FIFA-appointed normalisation committee.

“We haven’t received pay as yet. But we have been in communication with them and we are hopeful of receiving the payment this week,” stated George.

“We got confirmation that the payment will be this week from the normalisation committee. So we are just waiting to alert our members when they can get to the bank,” George added.

Promised by the end of May after a virtual meeting, the funds may now come in the first week of this month. George disclosed no reason for the postponement. However, it is known that the normalisation committee has no cash in the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) accounts and has been awaiting its latest disbursement of FIFA funding.

“The last time there was a little false start where guys were going to check their accounts and that kind of thing before the funds were there,” stated George, “We are trying to avoid that.”

The normalisation committee had promised and paid national coaches’ 50 per cent of outstanding salaries following a 2020 protest by the coaches but has since failed to honour the payment of the balance of the outstanding salaries. Subsequently, the normalisation committee had a virtual meeting with the NFCTT in the first week of May and vowed to pay the outstanding money. Representing the NFCTT at the virtual meeting were interim president George and Angus Eve, while Judy Daniel, Nigel Romano and Trevor Nicholas Gomez represented the normalisation committee, minus chairman Robert Hadad. Following that early May 2021 meeting, another Eve had stated that the main issue between the bodies had been a breakdown in communication. Eve said the main problem national coaches have had since the normalisation committee was installed a year ago by FIFA, was being left in the dark.

“We never had an issue with them except the communication issue,” Eve said, “They were saying they did not get the funding, they were expecting to get at a particular time, but they did not get back to us,” Eve had said.
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Re: TTFA News Thread.
« Reply #604 on: June 08, 2021, 05:35:20 AM »
Worst FA on the planet?
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