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TTFA debts estimated at TT$98.5Million
« Reply #750 on: May 19, 2021, 06:14:32 PM »
TTFA debts estimated at TT$98.5Million
By Walter Alibey (T&T Guardian)


The FIFA-appointed Normalisation Committee (NC) has assured its commitment to fulfilling the mandate given to it by the sport’s world governing body- FIFA, in March last year, and has sought the services of Accounting firm Ernest &Young to achieve its goal.

The mandate includes the liquidation of a rising debt that has for many years, crippled T&T’s football. The mandate also requires the normalisation committee to position the T&TFA for fresh elections after two years.

In a response to the TTFA membership that comes almost three weeks after concerns were raised about blatant mismanagement in the sport, Robert Hadad, the chairman of the normalisation committee issued a four-page response that highlighted the state of affairs of the sport presently and the challenges they faced in attempting to achieve their mandate.

On May 1, Hadad was called out for gross mismanagement, ranging from his non-payment of salaries to staff members, players and coaches of the senior national men's team which is scheduled to play World Cup qualifying matches against the Bahamas and St Kitts/Nevis in June, to no audited and compliance committee, no annual general meetings (AGM), no audited financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2020; increasing debt and poor financial management, and the mismanagement of the World Cup match against Guyana that was played in the Dominican Republic.

However, Hadad said yesterday: “The audited financial statements for years ended December 31, 2017, and 2018 reported that the TTFA’s current liabilities far exceeded its current assets, casting doubt on the TTFA’s ability to continue as a going concern. In the most recent audited financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2019, dated February 26, 2021, the auditors were not able to provide an opinion since they could not be assured of the TTFA’s ability to satisfy all its debts and to continue as a going concern.

Given the TTFA’s poor financial condition, the NC engaged an independent professional services firm, Ernst & Young Services Limited (EY), to verify the TTFA’s creditors. EY’s report, dated April 9, 2021, revealed total estimated outstanding liabilities and unasserted claims (contingent liabilities) of approximately TT$98.5 million as of February 9, 2021. EY also reported major policy, procedural and control deficiencies within the TTFA’s Purchase to Pay process. EYs work will assist with the formulation of a debt repayment plan as well as inform the remediation requirements necessary to enhance the TTFA’s overall governance and control environment.”

Hadad assured that since financial governance is a cornerstone and an indication of the strength of an organization, pursuant to the audited financial statements, the NC’s review of the organization and EY’s findings, it appears that the Association suffered from weak financial governance and, as a result, has been mismanaged for several years.

“The financial statements, which were ratified at General Meetings over the last decade, suggest that the Association has consistently failed to manage its expenses within approved budgets. The result: mounting debt and the TTFA facing the very real risk of insolvency and liquidation.

Therefore, it is critical that, the TTFA’s financial affairs be managed in a sustainable manner. We cannot repeat what happened at the start of 2020, when the TTFA appointed dozens of coaching and technical staff for its various National Teams and other administrative staff, committing to pay net salaries amounting to just under US$1.0 million; about 100% of the TTFA’s annual FIFA Forward allocation, the TTFA’s only confirmed source of funding. Therefore, funds for other expenses, including airfare and accommodation for tournaments, utilities and insurance, to name a few, were not adequately budgeted,” the report said.

According to the normalisation committee, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has further exacerbated situations, as it dispelled claims it mismanaged the country’s World Cup qualifying matches to be played at home, which including Guyana match on March 25.

“After FIFA lifted the TTFA’s suspension on 19th November 2020, and CONCACAF confirmed the new schedule of the 2021 World Cup Qualifiers on 4th December 2020, the NC held the first of many meetings, with the Sports Company of T&T on 21st December 2020 to develop plans for hosting the Guyana Qualifier in Trinidad and Tobago. However, based on the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) response on 19th February 2021, to the TTFA’s proposal, the match had to be played in another territory.

Since then, in preparation for the June 2021 Qualifiers, the Ministry of Health has been engaged in numerous discussions to evaluate the option of hosting those games on home soil. However, given the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, that option is not feasible.”

In the meantime, the committee assured that the country participated at FIFA and CONCACAF tournaments, while the senior women’s team will begin training soon.

The committee is also in the process of forming a Unified League, as League football in T&T has been going through a transitionary period with discussions centred around the development of a national league structure. As such the NC has contacted the FIFA League Development Programme for advice and technical guidance as it designs the unified league structure from grassroots to elite players. The exercise is being led by a Steering Committee which comprises representatives from key stakeholders of league football in T&T.
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WATCH: Former TTFA Technical Director Anton Corneal talks about the Normalisation Committee

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WATCH: Shaka Hislop on TTFA normalisation committee.

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If you see a poor man begging on Fred(e)rick st., hardly have clothes, eating a box ah KFC somebody just give him, real suffering. You might drop a few $ or coins in he cup.
Covid have yuh in a mess, every place lockdown..but ppl still holding lil backyard lime as far as the government permit, but you keeping it down low, cause yuh have responsibilities, yuh have children and aged parents to take care off.
Yuh neighbour on the right side, he have a 'Covid Lime', he invite yuh, but yuh not going, yuh doh want to infect nor be infected, and bring the thing home, to make matters worse. Yuh want to go still, so yuh take ah peep over the fence to see how much ppl dey. Yuh might take ah chance. Who yuh see ? The homeless man from Fredrick street dressed and looking nice, drink in hand. Oooh K. "Not me an he again".
Next weekend, Left side neighbour he fed up too..He start to preach, small lime, " Come thru nah !" Yuh say "Naahh, cyah take the chance boy. I doh want to be the one for killing the old ppl in meh house by passing thing to them. I can't afford to get nothing, cause the kids and them need my support, with everything now."  A A.. who in the Lime again..the begging man. WDA Man.
Yuh call the neighbour, one time. He say "Apps, yuh comming thru"..YUh say nah..but who is the fella who only drinking champagne, i seeing everybody else drinking beer and shandy. I does see him around tow.." Before yuh could finish, he say, "Oh that's Harvey, He own all kinda businesses down south, well respected in the community, as a matter of fact he trying to help out the homeless these days. Come and meet him nah, Nice fella."
You say "nah bredda, I might be para, but to much ppl depending on me these days, I can't take no chance. Play allyuh self". How easy yuh rushing to give yuh limited funds after that ?


Since we was so in debt and saw it fit to enter Futsal and beach Football teams, regardless of how much input and participation the NC had. Now would be a ideal time for TTBWA (The Trinidad & Tobago Blind Welfare Association) to start a team. - i'm not joking. Cause I don't mind assisting giving my coins - if i even have to give -  to another group, whether they use my lil change for football or just to help by a food.

Maybe that's why Futsal/Beach football team, have nice hotel and good accommodations, maybe NC not involved.. but how United and them miss out on ah extra 48 million. They hire the wrong accounting firm ?

Everything might be on the up and up, eh. Yet it's a matter of Optics that playing with my head.


add:Is only a crazy story of thoughts after reading Mrs Cudjoe statement: https://guardian.co.tt/sports/cudjoe-no-money-to-repay-ttfa-debt-6.2.1333018.3b38f9e2ac

I should of listen to Shaka and Ascension post first. Will do that now.
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98,500000 TT is approx 14,484,523.50000 US. Any Trinis out there with deep pockets to help the very "poor" TTFA in the so called richest island in the Caribbean.

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Normalisation committee aims to keep Trinidad and Tobago football afloat
« Reply #755 on: June 05, 2021, 08:26:48 AM »
Normalisation committee aims to keep Trinidad and Tobago football afloat
By Jelani Beckles (T&T Newsday)


THE FIFA-appointed normalisation committee, headed by Robert Hadad, said it has been trying its best to ensure the T&T Football Association (TTFA) has been running smoothly by providing salaries to all stakeholders and reducing debt.

A media release from the normalisation committee on Friday, said, “For more than 12 months, the normalisation committee has been working on sourcing funds to keep the players, staff, coaches and daily operations of the TTFA afloat.”

According to the release, the national team players and coaching staff members have been paid a total of US$788,000.

The normalisation committee said it has received guidance in an effort to improve the financial hardship in local football.

“In February 2021 the normalisation committee engaged Ernst & Young Services Ltd to verify the TTFA’s creditors. This was done to properly assess the damage done by years of poor governance.

"Ernst & Young also reported major policy, procedural and control deficiencies within the purchase to pay process of previous TTFA administrations. Ernst & Young’s report, dated April 9, 2021, revealed total estimated outstanding liabilities and unasserted claims (contingent liabilities) of approximately $98.5 million.”

The findings have been sent to the world football body. “The Ernst & Young findings and recommendations have been submitted to FIFA and are being used to develop a plan to deal with outstanding debt and inform much needed improvements to the TTFA’s financial governance.”

Following the FIFA/Concacaf fact-finding mission to T&T in February 2020 to assess the financial situation of TTFA, FIFA appointed a normalisation committee on March 17, 2020. The mission found that its extremely poor financial management practices, combined with massive debt, resulted in the TTFA’s inability to meet its financial commitments and facing a very real risk of insolvency.

As part of the corrective measures applied by FIFA, a team of financial and legal business leaders from T&T were recruited and installed with a clear mandate which includes establishing a debt repayment plan that is implementable by the TTFA.

“Over the coming weeks, the normalisation committee, will reveal the enablers needed and inhibitors identified as the committee collaborates with all TTFA stakeholders to fulfill its mandate in correcting the outstanding issues from previous TTFA administrations. As you can imagine this continues to be an incredibly complex operation and we thank you for your cooperation and understanding,” the release said.
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Normalisation committee aims to keep Trinidad and Tobago football afloat
By Jelani Beckles (T&T Newsday)


THE FIFA-appointed normalisation committee, headed by Robert Hadad, said it has been trying its best to ensure the T&T Football Association (TTFA) has been running smoothly by providing salaries to all stakeholders and reducing debt.

A media release from the normalisation committee on Friday, said, “For more than 12 months, the normalisation committee has been working on sourcing funds to keep the players, staff, coaches and daily operations of the TTFA afloat.”

According to the release, the national team players and coaching staff members have been paid a total of US$788,000.

The normalisation committee said it has received guidance in an effort to improve the financial hardship in local football.

“In February 2021 the normalisation committee engaged Ernst & Young Services Ltd to verify the TTFA’s creditors. This was done to properly assess the damage done by years of poor governance.

"Ernst & Young also reported major policy, procedural and control deficiencies within the purchase to pay process of previous TTFA administrations. Ernst & Young’s report, dated April 9, 2021, revealed total estimated outstanding liabilities and unasserted claims (contingent liabilities) of approximately $98.5 million.”

The findings have been sent to the world football body. “The Ernst & Young findings and recommendations have been submitted to FIFA and are being used to develop a plan to deal with outstanding debt and inform much needed improvements to the TTFA’s financial governance.”

Following the FIFA/Concacaf fact-finding mission to T&T in February 2020 to assess the financial situation of TTFA, FIFA appointed a normalisation committee on March 17, 2020. The mission found that its extremely poor financial management practices, combined with massive debt, resulted in the TTFA’s inability to meet its financial commitments and facing a very real risk of insolvency.

As part of the corrective measures applied by FIFA, a team of financial and legal business leaders from T&T were recruited and installed with a clear mandate which includes establishing a debt repayment plan that is implementable by the TTFA.

Over the coming weeks, the normalisation committee, will reveal the enablers needed and inhibitors identified as the committee collaborates with all TTFA stakeholders to fulfill its mandate in correcting the outstanding issues from previous TTFA administrations. As you can imagine this continues to be an incredibly complex operation and we thank you for your cooperation and understanding,” the release said.
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Inhibitstors and enablers! Strips this eh no fracking revelation- any lay person following football inTnT could outline and list volumes of this- yuh eh need to reveal dat to fulfill yuh mandate- but fun starters let's begin with COMPETENCIES and organizational effe ciencies in all areas of operations.

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Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
« Reply #757 on: June 05, 2021, 10:37:42 AM »
The NC is adept at providing statements in formats that don't lend themselves to immediate follow-up questioning. Also versed in 11th hour proclamations. Not quite what the doctor ordered ... or was it?
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Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
« Reply #758 on: June 15, 2021, 01:41:55 PM »
Normalisation Committee: Terry Fenwick sacked due to ‘affordability issue’
By Jelani Beckles (T&T Newsday).


ANGUS EVE, the new coach of the T&T men’s football team, has been handed a performance-based contract, according to Robert Hadad, chairman of the FIFA-appointed normalisation committee, which oversees the affairs of the TT Football Association (TTFA).

Hadad made this disclosure during an interview on Monday afternoon, moments after a Zoom media conference, organised by the TTFA, which introduced Eve as the replacement for the sacked Terry Fenwick.

On Saturday, Eve was hired on an interim basis, until August 31.

Hadad declined to say if Eve’s salary will be on par with Fenwick’s earnings of US$20,000 per month.

Asked about Eve’s salary, Hadad replied, “It has been decided but that is private, and I would not like to reveal that just yet. What I can tell you is his salary is based – a big part of it – on performance.”

Fenwick took over from Dennis Lawrence as T&T coach on a two-year deal, effective January 1, 2020, with the understanding that he would be paid US$17,500/month with other bonuses. In the incentive package, Fenwick’s salary would have increased to US$20,000/month if the team qualified for the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup.

However, an agreement was signed by former TTFA president William Wallace, ex-general secretary Ramesh Ramdhan and Fenwick which meant that Fenwick would get a starting salary of US$20,000/month and would have increased to US$25,000/month if the team earned a spot in the Gold Cup.

Earlier this month, T&T, under the guidance of Fenwick, were eliminated from the 2022 FIFA World Cup Concacaf Zone first round qualifiers, after they failed to top Group F. T&T finished second with eight points, one point behind St Kitts/Nevis.

The national team will be involved in the Gold Cup qualification stage at Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States.

On July 2, T&T will meet Montserrat while, a day later, Cuba will oppose French Guiana. The winners of those matches will square off on July 6 for a Gold Cup spot, in Group A (alongside Curacao, El Salvador and Mexico).

According to Hadad, Fenwick is still owed outstanding salaries and that matter is being dealt with by the normalisation committee.

“He was paid from January to April of this year,” Hadad said. “We are owing him, I believe, about six months from last year. We’re owing him another two months (from) this year. We will have to negotiate what happens with his salary from now till the end of the year.”

Concerning the salaries of Fenwick’s assistant coaches Derek King and Kelvin Jack, Hadad mentioned, “We’ve agreed on a settlement with them already and they’ve been really great about it. Both of them have understood our affordability issue and we’re paying them up until the end of June. They’ve been very kind to the Association and T&T football.”

During the media conference, normalisation committee member Nicholas Gomez revealed that Fenwick’s dismissal as T&T coach last week was not only due to the World Cup elimination but financial issues as well.

“This matter has purely to deal with the affordability issue,” Gomez said. “The Association has been challenged financially. Some of the arrangements that were established before the normalisation committee came in, just have proven not to be affordable.”

Gomez continued, “We had to make a judgement call and determination as to how we deal with it. Our approach was to deal with it in the way that we had. We’ve taken this measure on that basis.”

Were the team’s performances used as means to dismiss Fenwick as coach? Gomez responded, “Trinidad and Tobago (have) not been satisfied with the outcome, having been eliminated from the World Cup qualifiers. The impact of that is quite significant on the Association, and the players. Whilst we had to deal with that, the fact is we remained very uncomfortable with the arrangements that were in place.

“This was always a matter that was of concern for us. We attempted to have conversations in that context but it did not lead to any different outcome. We took the opportunity to make a decision. We’re hoping that this measure is going to create an opportunity, a change in leadership, a change in tone, a change in culture, some inspiration and motivation for the players.”

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Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
« Reply #759 on: June 15, 2021, 03:59:35 PM »
Clearly it was not exclusively an issue of affordability but an issue of the quality of the product at the price/cost point. Otherwise, he would have been gone a long time ago.
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Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
« Reply #760 on: June 15, 2021, 11:42:58 PM »
Fenwick took over from Dennis Lawrence as T&T coach on a two-year deal, effective January 1, 2020, with the understanding that he would be paid US$17,500/month with other bonuses. In the incentive package, Fenwick’s salary would have increased to US$20,000/month if the team qualified for the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup.

However, an agreement was signed by former TTFA president William Wallace, ex-general secretary Ramesh Ramdhan and Fenwick which meant that Fenwick would get a starting salary of US$20,000/month and would have increased to US$25,000/month if the team earned a spot in the Gold Cup.


So, William Wallace and his group were thrown out because of the above transaction. Claims of lack of transparency and corruption by FIFA. If that was the case. To me,  FIFA and NC should not have kept TF because of the above actions of WW and his crew.

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Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
« Reply #761 on: June 18, 2021, 02:31:06 AM »

Normalisation committee to choose selection panel for Trinidad and Tobago team coaches
By Joel Bailey (T&T Newsday).


THE FIFA-appointed normalisation committee plans to choose a selection panel to assist in their searches for national team coaches, including the men’s team coach.

On Sunday, the normalisation committee, in a media release, announced the selection of Angus Eve as interim coach, replacing Terry Fenwick, who was fired last Friday. However, Eve’s term will end on August 31, with the normalisation committee indicating their desire to have a new coach in September.

Nicholas Gomez, a member of the normalisation committee, which deals with the day-to-day running of the TT Football Association (TTFA), said in a media conference on Monday, “It’s important we establish an appropriate criteria to make a determination, on the basis of which people assess the applications that come before us.

Gomez added, “The first thing that we will is actually develop a selection panel, to make sure we have an appropriate representation on that panel. Then we will develop the criteria, then we will share with the applicants the criteria that we would use to evaluate the applications.”

“Whilst the individual matches the criteria, the question becomes, can you afford the person? We would have to consider affordability, that is for sure.” Gomez pointed out on Monday that a reason for firing Terry Fenwick as T&T men’s coach was a lack of finances.


1. Preliminarily, the NC should establish/state the criteria for placement on the selection panel and the proposed numerical composition of that body.

2. The NC should engage informed supporter input ... The MOST neglected constituency among T&T football stakeholders.

Input that is within the equation, not input that is exogenous to the selection.

The NC has had multiple balls to juggle. Same applied to past administrations. It's safe to say the NC has dropped some of those balls. The one ball it hasn't picked up at all is the supporter/fan ball.

Don't kick the can down the road.
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"My son’s identity has also been reduced to that of ... as a racist. I want this court to know that none of these things are true and that my son is a good man. A lengthy sentence will not serve Derek well.” --- Carolyn Pawlenty, mother of Derek Chauvin, prior to the court issuing a light sentence.