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T&T football in the middle of a political meltdown.
« on: June 11, 2015, 06:15:07 AM »
T&T football in the middle of a political meltdown.
By Inshan Mohammed.


A political mischief

In what can be considered by many locals in T&T to be a ‘papi show’, the current war of words between the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association President, Raymond Tim Kee and the Minister of Sports, Brent Sancho falls just short of the embarrassment experience when U.S. based British comedian John Oliver expressed his views about the alleged corrupt king pin Jack Warner in a 5 minute TV block on local Television.

Tim Kee was reported saying in the T&T Express newspaper, "The Football Association has declared that money which Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar committed to fund Trinidad and Tobago's participation in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, has amounted to just promises thus far."

He further went on to say, "But, Sport Minister Brent Sancho counters that the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) had already used up 90 percent of a $9 million Cabinet note, which the Prime Minister and then acting Sport Minister Rupert Griffith promised last November to assist football up to the Gold Cup."

Imagine no one can answer where the 9 million has gone or how it was spent, an act even David Copperfield himself would have found hard to pull-off. This news baffled many Soca Warriors Online (SWO) supporters including myself and I instantly began to do a little research while giving both men a chance to come clean and cease with the bashing and thrashing of our beloved sport. A sport that has been at the muddled in controversy since the beginning of time under former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner.

Anyone who follows soccer will know the latest FIFA controversy that involves former TTFF advisor Jack Warner is undoubtedly painting a bad image of Trinidad and Tobago. This is nothing new though, as many of T&T’s politicians engage in similar underhand practices. The current government are probably the most corrupt in T&T's history. LifeSport programme alone managed to embezzle $34 million from right under the noses of the T&T government. The single biggest payment of the programme for no work. T&T is a country now rife with corruption where national sports programs are used as vessels through which millions can be embezzled without consequences.

As a result of said corruption, the TTFA is now broke and national teams are usually sent out to tournaments under-prepared. Rumor also has it that even players have to use their credit cards to cover hotel accommodation expenses at times.

As if T&T football hadn't suffered enough, now the leaders of the TTFA and the Minister of Sports Brent Sancho are constantly locked in battle over funding, while using our football as a political tool to achieve the upper hand.

Mr. Sancho is a People Partnership (PP) representative while Raymond Tim Kee is a member of the opposing People National Movement (PNM) party and is also the current mayor of Port of Spain. By these circumstances one can easily deduce that the influence of politics negatively impacts the national football program, leaving the players, coaches and fans to suffer the most; while making sponsorship money hard to come by.

With regard to the present conflict, Sancho is insisting that the TTFA had gotten most of what was promised, but he does not rule out the possibility of giving them further assistance. “There was a cabinet note for $9 million dollars,” Sancho admitted to the T&T Express. “Ninety percent of it has already been used up. The Cabinet note was specific for salaries, arrears of salaries, and a range of specific things that related to the Cabinet note. They have used up the majority of it. Moving forward, they will have to decide how they will move things forward.”

Both parties also differ on whether the TTFA had met Sancho's criteria for providing audited accounts before further funds are released for football. Tim Kee insists that the TTFA had done so within the time-frame set to provide audited accounts, while Sancho says it was not completed. What is interesting however, is apparently Minister Sancho laid conditions on payments that are to be made to the TTFA after former Minister of Sport Mr. Rupert Griffith and his cabinet had already approved the release of funds.

No one really knows the daily operations of the TTFA and how the organization acquire funds to host tournaments and play one or two friendly games; and because of this one must give the Association some credit, as they have been flipping backwards to keep T&T’s national football program afloat.

The TTFA is also in the process of erecting a training facility in south Trinidad and again, this project is hit by another hiccup as they are waiting on the government to release the land on which the facility is to be built. In 2014 the TTFA had allocated a sum of US$500,000 by FIFA to get the project off the ground and it was expected to be complete by April 2015. A year later the project is at a stand still and may be cancelled.

Players and coaches are also frustrated with the current situation. Promises have been made and broken and some staff including players are yet to get paid since T&T’s last participation in the Caribbean Cup. Coaches and technical director positions seem to be recycled or just appointed without a proper selection process and to top that off there is no fixed schedule for teams to follow.

To make matter worse, Mr. Tim Kee has also been very reluctant in dealing with the public. He does not take the time to greet and thank supporters.

Only recently the TTFA president resurfaced and came to the defence of his former boss FIFA vice-president Jack Warner for standing up for this nation’s football interests during his tenure as both CONCACAF and Caribbean Football Union (CFU). Tim Kee further stated that he wants to stay in T&T football for 4 more years despite the financial hardship it endures.

The TTFA also operates silently, a trait that was prevalent in the previous administration and one that can be viewed as a major reason for mistrust from those looking in. Whatever the reason for continuing with this practice, it is affecting the game and T&T could plunge to lower depths if things don't change quickly.

Minister Sancho, a former T&T national defender is investing $1.7 million dollars on Women’s Premier League (WPL) which is schedule to start on June 19 to July 31. It is not a professional league but an international tournament comprising of national, club and college athletes from Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean, the Americas and England. Thus far, players from USA, Canada, Guyana and the Caribbean have already touched down for meetings ahead of the campaign. Sancho mentioned that the WPL is to develop female players and he has shown clear interests in assisting where support from the TTFA has been lacking. It should be noted though that the funding for this program is alleged to be sourced from the initial 9 million dollars that was allocated by the Government under former Minister Griffith.

Imagine how much $1.7 million dollars would have benefitted the national Women's programme. Even spending it to improve the Women’s League Football (WoLF) by improving the teams and for over a longer period of time but everyone seems to have their own agenda. So basically the Ministry of Sports is spending $1.7 million to host a mini 1 1/2-month tournament when that same money could have gotten our Women's teams (youth and senior) a series of international friendlies. In related news, on Tuesday the T&T Senior Women Warriors thrashed a WPL All-Star XI 9-2.

Sancho, who once owned Central FC has taken his share of licks as a national player and club owner. He has been blacklisted during the World Cup Warrior impasse and the club he owned was one of a few that did not get any financial support from former Minister of Sports Anil Roberts under the PP government, while other clubs linked to Roberts such as Malabar FC were pocketing in the thousands every month.

Interestingly, State owned enterprises like; Petrotrin, NP, TSTT and the National Gas Company (NGC) contributes massive amount of cash to cricket while football is totally ignored and gets absolutely nothing. For example, in 2014 National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago contributed over $13 million to facilitate cricket tournaments, development programmes and financial support to national teams at various levels. However, should the PNM win the next election, the table can surely turn into Tim Kee's favor, hence the reason he wants to serve another 4-year term.

It also seems to many observers that the Football Association is stuck and has no idea how to be more self-sufficient and as a result the FA gets beaten up like a step-child. The T&T government also appears to care less, hence the reason they went ahead and created a Women Premier League (WPL) without the blessings of the TTFA. It's a competition to outshine the other.

A member of the TTFA declined to make any comments and this appears to be the usual stance of the cash-strapped Association, as they stay in the background expecting others to fight their battles. Minister Sancho however was eager and ready to give his take on the matter, but soon disappeared and never bothered to follow up on his promise. I was told he is in senate and has been for the past 3-days.

At this point though, T&T football seems like a game of chess, where there are two opponents battling it out for the sake of power while the game, players, coaches and fans can be viewed as pawns frequently sacrificed for one side to gain an advantage.

Here is hoping, praying and begging that all said parties can put their differences aside for the good of the game or at least for the remainder of the year and save our beautiful game before it's to late.

« Last Edit: June 11, 2015, 08:52:48 AM by Flex »
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Re: T&T football in the middle of a political meltdown.
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2015, 06:50:46 AM »
Get rid of them all...

That is the only way flex... They are all jokers filling their pockets.. Sancho refuse my interview and Tim kee refuse to talk to sw.net
Because they are both corrupt.

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Re: T&T football in the middle of a political meltdown.
« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2015, 07:33:29 AM »
What a bunch of preposterous individuals.

And Sancho is proving to be a let down time and time again.

I heard he wants Kelvin Jack and Terry Fenwick there.

Can't believe he will suffer our footballers and supports.

He is also trying his best to influence Kenwyne and Maylee to backstab the TTFA.

As for Tim Kee, I hope PNM loses election and you go once and for all.

I giving Stephen Hart until the end of the year before he leaves.

No one deserve to be working under such unprofessional enviorment.

And Kevin is here preaching this and that.


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Re: T&T football in the middle of a political meltdown.
« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2015, 08:00:11 AM »
Good frigging article Flex., Love it.

I guess senate does not close and Sancho was working over time.

I can't stand Sancho, I really thought he would have done well, honestly and I am here swallowing what FS saying on the forum.

Tim Kee is another trip.

The TTFA don't have the balls to fight or survive.


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Re: T&T football in the middle of a political meltdown.
« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2015, 09:12:41 AM »
What a bunch of preposterous individuals.

And Sancho is proving to be a let down time and time again.

I heard he wants Kelvin Jack and Terry Fenwick there.

Can't believe he will suffer our footballers and supports.

He is also trying his best to influence Kenwyne and Maylee to backstab the TTFA.

As for Tim Kee, I hope PNM loses election and you go once and for all.

I giving Stephen Hart until the end of the year before he leaves.

No one deserve to be working under such unprofessional enviorment.

And Kevin is here preaching this and that.



I hope you realize that if PNM looses the election then yuh stuck with Sancho.
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Re: T&T football in the middle of a political meltdown.
« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2015, 09:13:58 AM »
Good frigging article Flex., Love it.

I guess senate does not close and Sancho was working over time.

I can't stand Sancho, I really thought he would have done well, honestly and I am here swallowing what FS saying on the forum.

Tim Kee is another trip.

The TTFA don't have the balls to fight or survive.



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Re: T&T football in the middle of a political meltdown.
« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2015, 09:40:45 AM »
Meanwhile $$$ flow like rain through Lifesport, Hoop of Life, WPL, Cricket etc

We lost 1-0 to Mexico in the Qtrs last time... we could go further this time. All the money spent was on arrears is not like we went on ten tours this year... if MoS committed to fund through the Gold Cup whether it was Griffith or not, they should honour the agreement. Especially if MoS is paying salaries directly. If they are funding a TTFA bank account as they request it then yes more oversight is needed.
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Re: T&T football in the middle of a political meltdown.
« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2015, 09:50:41 AM »
Meanwhile $$$ flow like rain through Lifesport, Hoop of Life, WPL, Cricket etc

We lost 1-0 to Mexico in the Qtrs last time... we could go further this time. All the money spent was on arrears is not like we went on ten tours this year... if MoS committed to fund through the Gold Cup whether it was Griffith or not, they should honour the agreement. Especially if MoS is paying salaries directly. If they are funding a TTFA bank account as they request it then yes more oversight is needed.


dais all, I know this is a normal thing when funding anything with a degree of risk or suspicion, I not buyin into the tripe FS tryin to feed we............a level of gov't oversight is very well possible under the circumstances, doh study dem
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Re: T&T football in the middle of a political meltdown.
« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2015, 09:56:45 AM »
why de hell these men doh go back to kindergarten, then it will be understandable. What a bunch of a$$holes.

« Last Edit: June 11, 2015, 01:10:19 PM by royal »

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« Reply #9 on: June 11, 2015, 10:51:59 AM »
The crisis in FIFA should filter down here - The drive needs to be on institutional changes that will improve the quality of the TTFA regardless of who's running it and which party is in power. For all the god-awful faults of FIFA - this is one of the reasons there's political neutrality demanded of their Football Associations. As soon as Tim Kee came in I pointed out that taking both roles seemed incompatible with the demands of the jobs, but now it's coming to a head. South Africa are going through the same situation now with a mayor being elected - I don't think it's a coincidence that the requirement to be politically neutral is being ignored in both countries.

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« Reply #10 on: June 11, 2015, 11:15:50 AM »
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It should be noted though that the funding for this program [WPL] is alleged to be sourced from the initial 9 million dollars that was allocated by the Government under former Minister Griffith.

It would be helpful to have a clear, categorical, and precise statement on this matter.

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« Reply #11 on: June 11, 2015, 11:45:58 AM »
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It should be noted though that the funding for this program [WPL] is alleged to be sourced from the initial 9 million dollars that was allocated by the Government under former Minister Griffith.

It would be helpful to have a clear, categorical, and precise statement on this matter.

Aren't these things published on a govt site somewhere? anyone have links?

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« Reply #12 on: June 11, 2015, 11:57:47 AM »
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It should be noted though that the funding for this program [WPL] is alleged to be sourced from the initial 9 million dollars that was allocated by the Government under former Minister Griffith.

It would be helpful to have a clear, categorical, and precise statement on this matter.

you really expect them to be transparent??? right now we are trying to figure who is lying to us and what is fact from fiction...

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« Reply #13 on: June 11, 2015, 01:42:32 PM »
why de PM move a more mature man like Griffith and put a.......... ok i wouldn't go any further. Is just that men who say they love de sport will bring it down to the ground for their own gain.

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« Reply #14 on: June 11, 2015, 01:48:15 PM »
"The current government are probably the most corrupt in T&T's history".

WOW!!!!! Food for thought!

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« Reply #15 on: June 11, 2015, 02:00:07 PM »
Senior team mgr is still waiting in the parking lot of sportt for the check for Jordan trip.

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« Reply #16 on: June 11, 2015, 02:23:50 PM »
Worst Sport Minister ever; Sancho and Tim Kee clash while Warriors in uproar
By Lasana Liburd (Wired868.com)


Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president Raymond Tim Kee has described Senator Brent Sancho as “the worst Sport Minister ever” as the relationship between the two bodies appears to now be at breaking point.

The senior “Soca Warriors” are due to leave for Jordan this evening but have still not received funding for two nights accommodation in London. And the National Under-23 Team has still not received money for international practice games, a training camp or even visas to fly to Puerto Rico for the preliminary 2016 Olympic qualifying round, which kicks off on June 19.

Tim Kee told Wired868 that he clashed with Sancho last week after various funding issues including the Sport Minister’s declaration that the Government would only pay half of the players’ match fees leading up to the July 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Tim Kee, who is also the Port of Spain Mayor and PNM treasurer, insisted that Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s $9 million Cabinet note, last December, guaranteed funding for the Senior National Team straight up to the Gold Cup tournament.

While Sancho retorted that 70 percent of the $9 million was spent on paying TTFA arrears to its coaches and players.

“I told him you would go down in history as being the worst Minister of Sport we ever had,” said Tim Kee, as he discussed his fiery meeting with Sancho last week. “So you would have to tell the players they are only getting half of their match fees. (Sancho) said that is my job not his job.

“I told him the Government has to support the National Team. He said he doesn’t know about that and his shoulders are broad and he can deal with that.

“I said my shoulders are broad too but the difference between you and I is you are a politician and I am not.”

Sancho offered a similarly abrasive response.

“I am not getting into a verbal joust with a renowned incompetent administrator,” Sancho told Wired868. “At the end of the day, it is the players who will suffer. He needs to stop playing politics with the sport.”

The Warriors coaches, players and officials are already suffering.

Just hours before their flight to Jordan via London, which leaves at 7.40 pm on June 11, Warriors manager William Wallace said he still does not know if the team will get the necessary funds to travel.

“It is 11.16 am and I am driving into Port of Spain where a cheque is supposed to be done,” said Wallace, who is also a Carapichaima East school teacher. “I am not sure what time that is going to be finished, so I will have to park up somewhere and wait.

“Then, I have to take (the cheque) to a bank and get it changed, load (the money) on to a credit card for me to use when I get to England and get home (in Chaguanas) to change to get to the airport at 5 pm…

“What we have to go through to get a dollar (from the Ministry of Sport) is dehumanising!”

National Senior Team head coach Stephen Hart, who steered the Warriors into the 2013 Gold Cup quarterfinal round, said he was told to be at the airport this evening to depart for their international fixture with Jordan on June 16. But no one knows if they will travel or not.

He said the current funding situation was harmful to the psyche and morale of his squad.

“This is becoming unbearable,” Hart told Wired868. “We are treating these players as if they are schoolboys and they don’t have arrangements to make with their families and they don’t have lives.

“It is wrong in every way. There is no team, I am sure, that is preparing for the Gold Cup the way we are.”

David Muhammad, who is manager of the Olympic Football Team, referred to their current predicament as a disaster.

“We submitted a budget of $1.7 million for three months, which included three camps, two tournaments and six competitive games plus three international friendlies and local practice matches,” said Muhammad. “That is an absolute minimum budget because just one game for the National Senior Team costs $600,000. But nothing has materialised.

“We asked for three foreign trips to play against Grenada, Antigua and Panama and we didn’t get a single one. Right now, we are hoping we can at least get a camp.”

Muhammad explained that the national players are travelling to training on a nearly daily basis at grounds all over the country. Without a centralised camp, the team officials are forced to give or lend money to players for transport even though the staff members are not being paid either.

Muhammad used a practice match in Toco as one example of the poor support they have received.

“We asked for help in getting transport for the game,” said Muhammad. “We had 42 persons at the time because we were still screening players. The Ministry of Sport said they were sending us a bus but sent a 24-seater maxi instead.

“We ended up having to travel to Toco in five different vehicles.”

Tim Kee said the situation felt more galling when he observes that foreign Women Premier League (WPL) players are being housed at the Chancellor Hotel while the Sport Ministry has approved millions for the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) competition.

According to Sancho, the Government will spend US$3.5 million for the CPL with the burden split between several ministries including the Sport Ministry.

“The Red Steel is not even a Trinidad and Tobago team,” said Tim Kee. “So I would like to know how the Ministry got money for that and we cannot get money for the national football team.”

Sancho retorted that Tim Kee’s football body failed to raise any of its own funds for the Gold Cup or upcoming 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign. And claimed the TTFA refuses to declare its subvention or other sources of funding from FIFA or CONCACAF.

“We have asked them to submit the money they have gotten from FIFA and CONCACAF and other sources and he refuses to,” said Sancho. “Yet he is demanding that we must pay all their bills. He is even asking us to pay for insurance for players when his own company (Guardian Life) refuses to sponsor their insurance…

“We have been very generous despite all their shortcomings and we are trying to work with them. But he is trying to agitate the program and he knows only the teams will suffer.”

Sport Ministry communications manager Shabaka Kambon gave an estimated breakdown of its spending over the past three years to the various sporting bodies.

“Football got over $50 million with $33 million going to the football association,” said Kambon. “Track and field and cricket got less than $20 million each. Hockey, boxing and netball got less than $7, $6 and $4 million respectively…”

Tim Kee said general secretary Sheldon Phillips and himself were trying to raise funds from corporate Trinidad and Tobago. But he conceded that they have been largely unsuccessful.

It is the first time in living memory that the Warriors will enter a World Cup qualifying campaign without a single notable sponsor.

“We have tried and we have not been getting any traction,” said Tim Kee. “We have started a new (income generation) initiative with a new website and so on and we have deals in kind with Blue Waters and Gatorade.

“But we don’t have any direct money coming in.”

In the meantime, temperatures continue to rise and fingers point back and forth between the TTFA and the Sport Ministry.

Another Sport Ministry official, who spoke anonymously, accused football of presenting “reckless budgets.”

“We looked at the budget the Under-23s brought,” he said. “And any player who plays in every match for them would make $20,000 a month in match fees and stipends for their two months…

“Now remember these are under-23 Pro League boys. They are spending recklessly.”

But Muhammad defended the request.

“Whoever said that obviously knows nothing at all about football. even if that were the case, does that mean you cancel all the camps and matches for the team?

“The budgeted (match fee) figure was US$1,000 per game for six competitive games,” said Muhammad. “The justification is the National Senior Team pays match fees of US$1,500 for entry level Caribbean Cup qualifiers. The Pan Am Games are much higher profile games but still we reduced it to US$1,000.

“Our squad is a fully professional squad and we are the only Caribbean team that qualified for the Pan Am Games. Anyone who thinks that is too much probably thinks we are lowly servants or slaves.”

The Under-23 manager claimed that even the mention of match fees was an attempt to play games by the Sport Ministry.

“These players are already getting just US$50 per day stipend and working on a minimum budget and they want to slash match fees too?” asked Muhammad, rhetorically. “But my point is, even if they disagreed with the match fees, does that mean you cancel all the camps and matches for the team because of that?! Why bring up match fees now?

“This goes back to the colonial mentality that black people shouldn’t be making money. Did they cancel the camps because of spite then?”

Sancho did not give a firm commitment to either the senior or under-23 Warriors and said only that the Sport Ministry would do its best.

It suggests an uncomfortable year for football—and the women’s Under-17, Under-20 and Senior Teams also have international engagements—unless the TTFA can raise its own money.

“Football gets far more than everyone else (from the Sport Ministry),” said the anonymous sport official. “Why bite the hand that feeds you? If I was a member of corporate Trinidad and Tobago, I would say if Tim Kee’s company isn’t putting in money then why should I?

“What don’t the loads of businesses he meets as Mayor of Port of Spain or PNM treasurer give money?”

 

Editor’s Note: Trinidad and Tobago National Team Manager William Wallace said he eventually collected a cheque from the Ministry of Sport at 4.03 pm on June 11, which will be used to pay for accommodation. He left the cheque to be processed and transferred on to his credit card tomorrow morning.

In the meantime, the “Soca Warriors” will fly to London and then head for their hotel with the hope that the money will come in time. The technical staff members are still owed salaries while there is insufficient funds to pay the players’ full match fees.

All money mentioned in the article is in TT dollars unless otherwise stated.


« Last Edit: June 14, 2015, 03:38:11 PM by Flex »

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Re: T&T football in the middle of a political meltdown.
« Reply #17 on: June 11, 2015, 02:33:13 PM »
Mgr just received check
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« Reply #18 on: June 11, 2015, 02:44:20 PM »
I thought the meeting with Sancho was cordial??? i guess not, so some more lies now...

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« Reply #19 on: June 11, 2015, 02:46:47 PM »
Worst Sport Minister ever; Sancho and Tim Kee clash while Warriors in uproar
By Lasana Liburd (Wired868.com)

Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president Raymond Tim Kee has described Senator Brent Sancho as “the worst Sport Minister ever” as the relationship between the two bodies appears to now be at breaking point.
The senior “Soca Warriors” are due to leave for Jordan this evening but have still not received funding for two nights accommodation in London. And the National Under-23 Team has still not received money for international practice games, a training camp or even visas to fly to Puerto Rico for the preliminary 2016 Olympic qualifying round, which kicks off on June 19.
Tim Kee told Wired868 that he clashed with Sancho last week after various funding issues including the Sport Minister’s declaration that the Government would only pay half of the players’ match fees leading up to the July 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Tim Kee, who is also the Port of Spain Mayor and PNM treasurer, insisted that Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s TT$9 million Cabinet note, last December, guaranteed funding for the Senior National Team straight up to the Gold Cup tournament.
While Sancho retorted that 70 percent of the TT$9 million was spent on paying TTFA arrears to its coaches and players.
“I told him you would go down in history as being the worst Minister of Sport we ever had,” said Tim Kee, as he discussed his fiery meeting with Sancho last week. “So you would have to tell the players they are only getting half of their match fees. (Sancho) said that is my job not his job.
“I told him the Government has to support the National Team. He said he doesn’t know about that and his shoulders are broad and he can deal with that.
“I said my shoulders are broad too but the difference between you and I is you are a politician and I am not.”
Sancho offered a similarly abrasive response.
“I am not getting int a verbal joust with a renowned incompetent administrator,” Sancho told Wired868. “At the end of the day, it is the players who will suffer. He needs to stop playing politics with the sport.”
The Warriors coaches, players and officials are already suffering.
Just hours before their flight to Jordan via London, which leaves at 7.40 pm on June 11, Warriors manager William Wallace said he still does not know if the team will get the necessary funds to travel.
“It is 11.16 am and I am driving into Port of Spain where a cheque is supposed to be done,” said Wallace, who is also a Carapichaima East school teacher. “I am not sure what time that is going to be finished, so I will have to park up somewhere and wait.
“Then, I have to take (the cheque) to a bank and get it changed, load (the money) on to a credit card for me to use when I get to England and get home (in Chaguanas) to change to get to the airport at 5 pm…
“What we have to go through to get a dollar (from the Ministry of Sport) is dehumanising!”
Read more: http://wired868.com/2015/06/11/worst-sport-minister-ever-sancho-tim-kee-clash-while-warriors-suffer/

as a neutral reporter Lisana, I feel this piece is weighted in favor of TTFA, which imo should not be... i always support your writing and pieces but this seems a little too uneven for you... tim kee is also destroying our football... he should be the last to talk about playing politics with sport, because that is just what tim kee is doing...
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Re: T&T football in the middle of a political meltdown.
« Reply #20 on: June 11, 2015, 02:52:51 PM »
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It should be noted though that the funding for this program [WPL] is alleged to be sourced from the initial 9 million dollars that was allocated by the Government under former Minister Griffith.

It would be helpful to have a clear, categorical, and precise statement on this matter.

I did asked and the respond was "WPL being funded from it etc is rubbish, go check for yourself."

Tell me how to check, I dont have access to anyone accounts.



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« Reply #21 on: June 11, 2015, 03:06:48 PM »
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It should be noted though that the funding for this program [WPL] is alleged to be sourced from the initial 9 million dollars that was allocated by the Government under former Minister Griffith.

It would be helpful to have a clear, categorical, and precise statement on this matter.

I did asked and the respond was "WPL being funded from it etc is rubbish, go check for yourself."

Tell me how to check, I dont have access to anyone accounts.





now that is what i call an ignorant statement to make to you...

no wonder them men back home fighting and suffering...

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« Reply #22 on: June 11, 2015, 03:13:58 PM »
I thought Sancho a good choice initially but seems like he only has an axe to grind. He ent no better than Tim Kee!

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« Reply #23 on: June 11, 2015, 03:18:04 PM »
Why de f00ck Sancho and he sidekick Kevin Harrison doh go and f00king jump of a mountain.

Kevin, this is tax payers money.

You dont f00cking own that, you and Sancho

This is our team, who give you de right to come here and play games with big men and women.

Get the f00ck out of our country if you cant help our team, and take Sancho with you, he deserve to be in England smelling them people asses and leave we alone.

When Anil was f00cking allyuh, everyday you crying here, now you doing de same.

Where de 9 million?

Did Sancho really give the TTFA 9 million?

Did Sancho use to to fund WPL.

How WPL improving we women team and they collect 9 yesterday from we women team?

A 6 weeks tournament really helping?

What about long term if yuh so want to help?

Stop playing politics with we football before ah ride for yuh and hit yuh some hard f00cking calpat.

I thought Boyce, was bad, but Hunt came, then ah thought he was bader then Anil came and I thought he was de worst, but Sancho take de foocking cake.

This is we team, is not like Tim Kee putting de money in his pocket, all going back to de team.

If yuh so care, you and Tim Kee battle it out next TTFA election then.

Even Lasana f00cking allyuh up.

Come nah man, allyuh is big men.

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« Reply #24 on: June 11, 2015, 03:24:47 PM »
Why de f00ck Sancho and he sidekick Kevin Harrison doh go and f00king jump of a mountain.

Kevin, this is tax payers money.

You dont f00cking own that, you and Sancho

This is our team, who give you de right to come here and play games with big men and women.

Get the f00ck out of our country if you cant help our team, and take Sancho with you, he deserve to be in England smelling them people asses and leave we alone.

When Anil was f00cking allyuh, everyday you crying here, now you doing de same.

Where de 9 million?

Did Sancho really give the TTFA 9 million?

Did Sancho use to to fund WPL.

How WPL improving we women team and they collect 9 yesterday from we women team?

A 6 weeks tournament really helping?

What about long term if yuh so want to help?

Stop playing politics with we football before ah ride for yuh and hit yuh some hard f00cking calpat.

I thought Boyce, was bad, but Hunt came, then ah thought he was bader then Anil came and I thought he was de worst, but Sancho take de foocking cake.

This is we team, is not like Tim Kee putting de money in his pocket, all going back to de team.

If yuh so care, you and Tim Kee battle it out next TTFA election then.

Even Lasana f00cking allyuh up.

Come nah man, allyuh is big men.



the WPL was concocted to siphon money out of the MOS and fill men pockets... nothing more, nothing less...

advancement of football is not the objective, it is advancement of their net worth...

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« Reply #25 on: June 11, 2015, 03:48:32 PM »
This is the same minister who promised bonuses to his own Central FC players and then deny it.

And to know that T&T have 7 Central FC players on they Gold Cup roster.

Amazing the depths Sancho and Harrison is going  to prove a point.

Shameless.

I wish election was tomorrow.

Everyone is writing in the TTFA defence, I hope they realise who is they real enemy and move a little better with us here from now now.

Would love to hear the TTFA take on all this, instead of them having folks fight ALONE for them.

Good job Flex.

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« Reply #27 on: June 11, 2015, 06:29:00 PM »
Very good article Flex... and fair/balanced article by Lasana as well, apparently even he starting to see thru the b.s. being spouted by Sancho and Harrison.  Flex yuh real hustle to get some of this info... real "investigative" journalism there.  :beermug:

The $9 million hasn't been spent... in fact I see Lasana correcting the record now to say that is 70 percent (and not 90 percent) of the money Sancho claims has been spent.  Pressed for an answer in an earlier article and he couldn't provide details.  Pressed for an answer and not even his favorite lapdop Harrison could answer, choosing instead to call this one and that one liar and claiming people being misled. Yeah, misled by a new bunch of blasted wolf in sheep's clothing.

Imagine Sancho claims they starting a "league" for the women to play... next thing you know is a frigging "tournament".  Harrison shitting on WoLF saying "how you expect the National team to benefit from teams losing 16-0"... but God doh like ugly, the women turn around and drop 9 on these foreign players they bring in. Nine!  Spend all this money putting up these hand-selected foreign players in hotel, paying for food, paying salaries etc.  Money that could/should have gone to the development of the women's youth teams, where the TTFA has been putting most of the money from the failed WC campaign, instead they throwing it at an aging team with little prospects of improving.

But even if yuh want to keep the Sr. Women active... couldn't that same $1.7 million have gone towards sending them abroad on a tour or a camp?  Nah, you want tuh establish yuh own narcissistic legacy by setting up a parallel "league" to siphon players from WoLF, and money from women's football.  And Harrison and Sancho could say what the hell they like, MoS staff was using the Cabinet Note allocation as a slush fund, paying bills etc. then putting it back as money come in... but he can't pay the f**king coaches.
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« Reply #28 on: June 11, 2015, 07:33:24 PM »
Well well - no surprise what we are seeing here- this unfortunately has been is the legacy of an ill willed incompetent and grossly mismanaged governance in each and every ministerial portfolio. Time and time again we have seen  ministers giving out gifts - balls and trying to appeal to underprivilidged folks and posing for propaganda photo opts-

Who is suffering in all this? The players,the programs, the country- the legacy of a special advisor has traversed the test of time  and all those who have been in the path of self serving individuals have now become the greed eyed monster that has demoralized our game!

The TTFAis just a body a conduit to transact the football operations- the people behind are the drivers- it would be up to plyers to rise above the adversities and to secure their personal futures without getting crushed in tne tunami of political ping pong and individual bs

Our only redemption is to ensure that  at the heart of our team are players and coaches willing to persevere despite it all.

Sad sad legacy of incompetence! Is it any wonder that potential plyers are not flocking to wear the red white and black!

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« Reply #29 on: June 11, 2015, 08:31:17 PM »
Good frigging article Flex., Love it.

I guess senate does not close and Sancho was working over time.

I can't stand Sancho, I really thought he would have done well, honestly and I am here swallowing what FS saying on the forum.

Tim Kee is another trip.

The TTFA don't have the balls to fight or survive.



You can never have good intentions if you join this government.

Stop pushing your pnm rubbish, this thread is about football and the progress of our national football, not to push your partisan agenda for Pnm.. Tim kee just as bad or worse.. None are good..

 

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