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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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Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
« Reply #762 on: August 09, 2021, 09:01:17 PM »
Local football stakeholders want answers
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Nearly 17 months since the normalisation committee was given a two-year tenure to fix the finances of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association, some TTFA members are demanding answers to a number of questions, including the kit deal with Miami-based sports apparel company BOL.

In a 30-page document addressed to normalisation committee chairman Robert Hadad and copied to FIFA general secretary Fatma Samoura on July 20, six TTFA members—acting TT Pro League chairman Brent Sancho, Richard Ferguson, owner of La Horquetta Rangers and organiser of the Ascension tournament, Kieron Edwards of the Eastern FA, Ian Pritchard of Eastern Counties, Ross Russell of the Northern Football Association and Referees Association president Osmond Downer—complain about receiving unsatisfactory answers to concerns raised in an earlier letter dated May 1, 2021.

Downer said that a members/stakeholders meeting about a month ago, ”it was decided that it is the duty of the members to make an input.”

In writing to Hadad, the members stated: “It is generally believed by the membership that your response was unresponsive, indifferent, and it left the membership with questions still unanswered although every opportunity was afforded to you to explain your actions.”

And among the queries raised in their latest correspondence is one about the details of the arrangement with BOL, agreed to in April of this year, which currently outfits national teams.

In particular, the members wanted to know what were the tendering procedures followed by the TTFA, “in order to determine the competencies of BOL—a company incorporated approximately 11 months ago, to retain their services for a two-year contract period, especially when this two-year period far exceeds the normalisation committee’s tenure at the TTFA?

The six also asked in their letter: “Do you or any other member of the normalisation committee have any connection past or present with BOL?”

In announcing its partnership with BOL, the TTFA had said via a release that: “BOL will equally incentivise Trinidad and Tobago for the performance achievements of both the Men’s and Women’s national teams in order to recognise TTFA’s efforts and vision for the future of all. An extensive annual product collection will be provided au gratis and the deal will also include a revenue sharing programme for team branded products sold around the world.”

Referring in their letter to that revenue sharing programme, the six members wanted Hadad to clarify exactly what the programme entailed and “the nature of this extensive bonus scheme.”

The members also raised questions about the status of the TTFA’s debt repayment plan. Calls made to Hadad’s cell phone went unanswered, neither did he respond to questions via Whatsapp on Sunday.
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Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
« Reply #763 on: August 29, 2021, 07:00:31 PM »
Can anyone tell me when this Normalization Committee term is up?
Apparently they can't walk and chew gum at the same time. Now that they are concentrating on the ladies senior team for a tournament in November, our men will not be playing a SINGLE game during this international break. Our U14's couldn't get a run out in the CFU tournament. Vax or no vax, no information or timeline to resume local football  This is just shameful.     

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Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
« Reply #764 on: August 30, 2021, 12:42:30 PM »
Can anyone tell me when this Normalization Committee term is up?
Apparently they can't walk and chew gum at the same time. Now that they are concentrating on the ladies senior team for a tournament in November, our men will not be playing a SINGLE game during this international break. Our U14's couldn't get a run out in the CFU tournament. Vax or no vax, no information or timeline to resume local football  This is just shameful.     

I don't know. But I do know is time for dem to go.

Not sure if this is true, but when they leave, they hand over the governance to someone only they can choose. In other words when they find that person, they leave that person to run the show. This can be the road of return for Mr you know who. . DJW.

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Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
« Reply #765 on: August 30, 2021, 02:55:26 PM »
Can anyone tell me when this Normalization Committee term is up?
Apparently they can't walk and chew gum at the same time. Now that they are concentrating on the ladies senior team for a tournament in November, our men will not be playing a SINGLE game during this international break. Our U14's couldn't get a run out in the CFU tournament. Vax or no vax, no information or timeline to resume local football  This is just shameful.     

I don't know. But I do know is time for dem to go.

Not sure if this is true, but when they leave, they hand over the governance to someone only they can choose. In other words when they find that person, they leave that person to run the show. This can be the road of return for Mr you know who. . DJW.

Hoping this is not true........ and the wheels of the bus go round and round, round and round, round and round.....

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Normalisation committee mum on Soca Warriors' coach
« Reply #766 on: September 01, 2021, 11:38:55 AM »
Normalisation committee mum on Soca Warriors' coach
By Joel Bailey (T&T Newsday)


THE FIFA-appointed normalisation committee, which conducts the affairs of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA), have remained mum on the position of the T&T men's team coach, as the contract of Angus Eve, as interim coach, ended on Tuesday.

Eve, who replaced Terry Fenwick on June 13, was handed a contract to serve as T&T coach until August 31.

At the time of his appointment, Eve, the former T&T midfielder and captain, said his aim was to improve the team’s fortunes, following their elimination from the 2022 FIFA World Cup Concacaf Zone qualifiers in early June.

Eve declined comment on Monday about his immediate future, both at the national and club level (he also serves as coach of Pro League team Club Sando). Repeated phone calls, on Monday and Tuesday, to the normalisation committee chairman Robert Hadad, acting general secretary of the TTFA Amiel Mohammed, and TTFA technical director Dion La Foucade, went unanswered.

Eve had five games as T&T coach, all at the Concacaf Gold Cup in the United States.

During the Gold Cup qualifiers, T&T hammered Montserrat 6-1 (on July 2). Four days later, T&T needed kicks from the penalty spot to defeat French Guiana 8-7, after the scores were locked at 1-1 at the end of regulation time. The victory over French Guiana guaranteed a spot in the Gold Cup.

In Group A, T&T drew goalless against Mexico (July 10), lost 2-0 to El Salvador (July 14) and were held to a 1-1 draw against Guatemala (July 18).

T&T finished third in the group with two points, behind Mexico (seven points) and El Salvador (six points). Both Mexico and El Salvador advanced to the knockout stage, while T&T and Guatemala (one point) were eliminated.
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Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
« Reply #767 on: September 02, 2021, 04:54:23 AM »
No football in trinidad at all eh .. Sancho and others who supported the NC quiet now
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George repeats call for Hadad to display transparency
« Reply #768 on: September 04, 2021, 08:47:24 AM »
George repeats call for Hadad to display transparency
By Nigel Simon (T&T Guardian)


Jefferson George, President of the Unified Football Coaches of T&T (UFCTT) has again called for Normalisation Committee chairman, Robert Hadad to appoint the necessary standing committees of the T&T Football Association.

The TTFA constitution comprises no fewer than 16 such standing committees as follows: Emergency Committee: Finance Committee: Audit and Compliance Committee: Organising Committee for TTFA Competitions: Technical and Development Committee: Legal Committee: Committee for Women’s Football: Youth Football and Development Committee: Sports Medicine Committee: Players’ Status Committee: Marketing Committee: Club Licensing Committee: Electoral Committee: Disciplinary Committee: Ethics Committee: Appeal Committee:

However, since the appointment of the Normalisation Committee on March 17, 2020, those committees have been inactive and calls have been made by various stakeholders of the sport to have them implemented and functioning.

Recently, calls were again made by UFCTT General Secretary and former national youth goalkeeper Rayshawn Mars for the Normalisation Committee to make the much-needed appointments to the Technical Committee as it is the body that is responsible for the selection of national coaches as well as the Finance Standing Committee.

Speaking to Guardian Media Sports on Friday about the permanent appointment of Eve to the permanent post of national men’s team football coach, George, a former national youth goalkeeper said he believes the right choice was made.

George added, “We will definitely like to congratulate Angus (Eve) because we believe that he is a good choice for the job. We wish Angus and his team all the best and not just Angus, but all the other teams that are in training, the women’s team in particular.”

Reflecting on Eve’s tenure as interim boss at the Gold Cup, George added, “We think that he (Eve) did enough in his capacity as the interim coach taking us through the qualification of the Concacaf Gold Cup and representing well in the group stages.”

However, while the naming of Eve has the full backing of George, he said he was still not pleased with the process being used by Hadad.

George said, “We still find issues with the lack of process as that is something that we have always sort of objected to.

“We have recognized in the statement made by the TTFA it quoted Mr Hadad stating that Eve would have done well in his tenure as interim coach and he also expects him to work well with the youths and so on, which is a statement of fact.”

However, George said: “But, that is not the role or responsibility of the NC chairman, that is the responsibility of a Technical Committee. So it’s a little bit ironic that while Mr Hadad is making a statement or performing the function of the Technical Committee he has not appointed one, which is his responsibility within his remits. So, we continue to call on the NC to appoint all the standing committees so that they can focus on what they need to do and the committees can go about and do their function. Obviously, the NC would still have the responsibility of oversight but at this point, the way how things are being done is not how it is meant to be carried. I don’t think we are asking for too much to have things done in a way that it should be,” George ended.

This was done after Welshman James Thomas was named as the T&T senior women’s team head coach, with the rest of his technical staff being selected in Charlie Mitchell (assistant coach and performance analyst), James Baird (goalkeeper coach), Joanne Daniel (team manager), Terry Johnson-Jeremiah (equipment manager), Atiba Downes (strength and conditioning coach) and Aqilya Gomez (rehab specialist) all without having had any previous experience working in those positions and all, non-nationals as well.

Included in deciding on the national women’s team staff were T&TFA Technical Director Dion La Foucade, former T&T player Richard Chinapoo, Women’s Director of Football Jinelle James and Thomas.

On Thursday, former national captain and record appearances (118 caps) holder Angus Eve was appointed permanently to fill the position of senior national men’s coach as well as the Under-20 men’s team until March 31, 2023.

This after the 49-year-old Eve served as interim coach following his appointment in June, for the recently concluded Concacaf Gold Cup qualifiers and Group Stage matches in the USA until August 31 following an unsuccessful qualification campaign to the 2022 FIFA World Cup under then-head coach Englishman Terry Fenwick, who was appointed in December 2019.

The announcement on Eve’s appointment which came via a news release from the FIFA appointed Normalisation Committee (NC) of the T&T Football Association (TTFA).
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« Reply #769 on: September 09, 2021, 05:04:30 PM »
Soca Warriors to receive payment on Thursday
By Walter Alibey (T&T Guardian)


Payment of match fees to the country's senior footballers will be made on Thursday, one player has said.

The payment will cover monies for World Cup Qualifying matches against the Bahamas and St Kitts and Nevis which ended goalless and 2-0, respectively, in favour of the Soca Warriors.

The players will also be paid for the CONCACAF Gold Cup Qualifier against French Guiana which T&T won 8-7 in a penalty shoot-out, following a dogged 1-1 draw at the end of regulation time.

The players have been at odds with the FIFA-appointed Normalisation Committee over consistent late payment of match fees. They are owed differing amounts of between US$3,000 to US$8,000 for the six matches, but behind the grin teeth offered by the players upon word of the payment, the player, who did not want to be identified, said the players are still dissatisfied.

"The Normalisation Committee reached out to us after an interview by newly appointed coach Angus Eve. They reached out stating that three games will be paid for, which is the Bahamas match, St Kitts and Nevis and the French Guiana game which will be paid by this morning (Thursday)," said the player, who on Sunday, told Guardian Media Sports that they were told that payments would be made by Tuesday or Wednesday this week. The Gold Cup Group matches, however, will still be outstanding.

According to the player: "For the Gold Cup matches, we had an agreement that whenever they (normalisation committee) gets the group-stage funds, which would be around US$100, 000 from the CONCACAF, they would be paid from that. So when they get the funds, they will have 14 days to pay it because that is the arrangement we have.

"However, players are pretty much still disappointed because they (NC) did not hold up to their end of the bargain. Although they welcome the funds, they are pretty much still disappointed."

Defender Radanfah Abu Bakr, on Sunday, also confirmed that payment of match-fees was to be paid this week, but he could not say exactly when. The players were to receive monies for the World Cup qualifiers and Gold Cup within 60 and 30 days of tournaments, respectively, but were told by the normalisation committee that they were awaiting funds from the sport's world governing body to pay.

Meanwhile, the player has joined the chorus of players welcoming the return of Eve as the new coach, saying: "Definitely looking forward to working with him. I'm very pleased for him that he got the job full-time. Working under him for the Gold Cup was a very nice experience. So knowing Angus, he is already at it, trying to work out whatever plans he has for Trinidad football to go forward.

"I do hope that he gets the necessary support from the normalisation committee and also the public. Also hope that sponsors can come on board and help to get the football to the level we're supposed to be at for the longest while."
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Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
« Reply #770 on: September 09, 2021, 05:34:04 PM »
Soca Warriors to receive payment to on Thursday
By Walter Alibey (T&T Guardian)


Payment of match fees to the country's senior footballers will be made on Thursday, one player has said.

The payment will cover monies for World Cup Qualifying matches against the Bahamas and St Kitts and Nevis which ended goalless and 2-0, respectively, in favour of the Soca Warriors.

The players will also be paid for the CONCACAF Gold Cup Qualifier against French Guiana which T&T won 8-7 in a penalty shoot-out, following a dogged 1-1 draw at the end of regulation time.

The players have been at odds with the FIFA-appointed Normalisation Committee over consistent late payment of match fees. They are owed differing amounts of between US$3,000 to US$8,000 for the six matches, but behind the grin teeth offered by the players upon word of the payment, the player, who did not want to be identified, said the players are still dissatisfied.

"The Normalisation Committee reached out to us after an interview by newly appointed coach Angus Eve. They reached out stating that three games will be paid for, which is the Bahamas match, St Kitts and Nevis and the French Guiana game which will be paid by this morning (Thursday)," said the player, who on Sunday, told Guardian Media Sports that they were told that payments would be made by Tuesday or Wednesday this week. The Gold Cup Group matches, however, will still be outstanding.

According to the player: "For the Gold Cup matches, we had an agreement that whenever they (normalisation committee) gets the group-stage funds, which would be around US$100, 000 from the CONCACAF, they would be paid from that. So when they get the funds, they will have 14 days to pay it because that is the arrangement we have.

"However, players are pretty much still disappointed because they (NC) did not hold up to their end of the bargain. Although they welcome the funds, they are pretty much still disappointed."

Defender Radanfah Abu Bakr, on Sunday, also confirmed that payment of match-fees was to be paid this week, but he could not say exactly when. The players were to receive monies for the World Cup qualifiers and Gold Cup within 60 and 30 days of tournaments, respectively, but were told by the normalisation committee that they were awaiting funds from the sport's world governing body to pay.

Meanwhile, the player has joined the chorus of players welcoming the return of Eve as the new coach, saying: "Definitely looking forward to working with him. I'm very pleased for him that he got the job full-time. Working under him for the Gold Cup was a very nice experience. So knowing Angus, he is already at it, trying to work out whatever plans he has for Trinidad football to go forward.

"I do hope that he gets the necessary support from the normalisation committee and also the public. Also hope that sponsors can come on board and help to get the football to the level we're supposed to be at for the longest while."

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Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
« Reply #771 on: September 10, 2021, 08:58:52 AM »
what is so funny Asylum ?

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« Reply #772 on: September 12, 2021, 09:55:11 AM »
what is so funny Asylum ?

Ah sensing Alibey flubbed his lines. Ah feel iz only RAB he spoke to ...

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Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
« Reply #773 on: September 12, 2021, 12:24:43 PM »
what is so funny Asylum ?

...the player, who did not want to be identified, said the players are still dissatisfied...

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T&T footballers get outstanding payments
« Reply #774 on: September 14, 2021, 08:23:09 PM »
T&T footballers get outstanding payments
By Walter Alibey (T&T Guardian)


After months of waiting for match fees owed to them by the FIFA-appointed Normalisation Committee of the T&T Football Association (TTFA), players on the country's senior men's football team were finally paid on Monday.

One player, who spoke on condition of anonymity becuase he's not authorised to speak on behalf of players, confirmed for Guardian Media Sports yesterday that players got their payment on Tuesday.

The payment will cover monies for World Cup Qualifying matches against the Bahamas and St Kitts and Nevis, as well as for the CONCACAF Gold Cup qualifier against French Guiana at the DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States.

Against the Bahamians, the Soca Warriors were held to a goalless draw at the Thomas Robinson Stadium in Nassau, which confirmed their exit from the World Cup qualifiers on June 5. And later, they defeated St Kitts and Nevis 2-0 at the Estadio Felix Sanchez in the Dominican Republic on June 8.

In the Gold Cup qualifier against French Guiana, the Soca Warriors prevailed 8-7 in a penalty shoot-out, following a 1-1 tie in regulation time.

They were owed differing amounts of between US$3,000 to US$8,000 for six matches, inclusive of matches in the group stage of the Gold Cup.

They are now owed for all the matches at the Gold Cup Group stage only, which include matches against Mexico, El Salvador and Guatemala.

According to the player, payment for these matches will come from the team's earnings at the Gold Cup- approximately US$100,000.

"We have been told by the normalisation committee/TTFA that we will be paid from this payment, expected to be 14 days after it is received."

The players were to receive monies for the World Cup Qualifiers and Gold Cup within 60 and 30 days of tournaments, respectively.

It is not the first time the players have had to fight for payment of match fees. Only earlier this year they received payment, which represented the second tranch of monies owed to them from the year before 2020. In 2020, they were paid in December.
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Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
« Reply #775 on: September 28, 2021, 12:33:22 PM »
Come again, Hadad - Selby Browne: NC should have done more by now
By Garth Wattley (T&T Express)


The membership of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) and the normalisation committee (NC) will meet again in two weeks, but one member is not optimistic that real progress will be made in tackling the problems facing local football.

President of the Veteran Footballers Foundation of Trinidad and Tobago (VFFOTT) Selby Browne was disappointed by what he did not hear at Sunday’s virtual Annual General meeting held by the normalisation committee headed by chairman Robert Hadad.

At the meeting, NC chairman Robert Hadad pleaded with those in attendance that, “if we really wish to rebuild football in this country, then we must embrace the debt crisis as the entire membership’s problem. It is an unprecedented problem, but it is a problem that we all share. The issues have been aired, improvements in governance outlined, the need for fundraising and debt repayment stated – let us work together to restore this fractured association.”

However, Browne claimed that the substance of what the committee presented to the membership amounted to a, “restating of what was said at the informal meeting in April.”

The NC, established by FIFA in March 2020 after the side-lining of the elected executive headed by William Wallace is now 18 months into its two-year mandate.

“I was not satisfied by what was presented. What was presented was restating the FIFA mandate,” Browne stressed. “This being the AGM, I expected that the two important aspects of their mandate -- 1. To establish a debt repayment plan implementable by the TTFA administration, and 2. to review and amend the TTFA statues and regulations — would have been presented for the approval of the TTFA membership for approval, and those were not done,” he said.

“But rather,” Browne added, “there was emphasis on how this adjusted audited financial statement with the removal of the land value for the Government capital grant (for the Home of Football) should be approved by the membership. And several of the bright, young, qualified professionals who are now in the membership of the TTFA had concerns.”

In its press release on the AGM, the TTFA stated that there were items on the agenda that were not discussed that will be the subject of an Extraordinary General meeting (EGM) in 14 days.

These items included the approval of the audited financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2019; the expulsion of the Coaches Association; and “the admission for membership — pursuant to the Unified Football Coaches of T&T application.”

These items will be tabled at an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) to be held in 14 days.

The release further stated: “The members are tasked to review the 2019 financial statements in detail and understand the implications to the TTFA, and table all additional questions to the external auditors Madan Ramnarine and Co. Madan Ramnarine and Co, the Chartered Accounting firm, was appointed as the organisation’s external auditors in 2018 by the TTFA membership.”

However, the EGM’s agenda notwithstanding, Browne told the Express, “it is my opinion that there is need to focus and report to the TTFA membership their recommendations as reflected in their mandate for the approval of the membership. And he added: “I doubt very much that that will be realised in the 14-day period where the focus is on the approval of the financial statement 2019 in order to continue to receive FIFA funding.”

And Browne who has putting in writing three questions still to be answered by the NC, had a further concern about the 2019 audit.

“I think that given the climate at this time, it would be wise of the chairman and the normalisation committee to give the assurance to the membership that once the audited financial statements 2019 are approved, they would not proceed to have the TTFA declared insolvent, which is a major concern expressed quietly by several of the members,” he said.
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Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
« Reply #776 on: September 29, 2021, 04:11:42 PM »
Even IF insolvency is the best of a bunch of bad choices, there are those who want to continue milking this dead cow for every drop of sour milk.
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Is the TTFA now solvent Mr Hadad, NC?
« Reply #777 on: October 02, 2021, 01:40:17 PM »
Is the TTFA now solvent Mr Hadad, NC?
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Dear Editor,

Following the T&T Football Association (TTFA) annual general meeting (AGM) on Sunday, which was conducted by the FIFA appointed Normalisation Committee (NC), there are more questions than answers.

The most alarming statement is an apparent reduction in asset value of the Home of Football (HOF) due to doubt over the ownership of the land used to build the project.

What has Robert Hadad, the chairman of the NC and his committee members Ms Judy Daniel (Deputy Chairperson) and Mr Nigel Romano and Trevor Nicholas Gomez (members) have been doing for the last 18 months to only now declare that a “material uncertainty exists which may cast significant doubt on the TTFA’s ability to continue as a going concern.”

If this situation is confirmed at the Emergency General Meeting (EGM) which is set for 14 days from Sunday, then the association cannot continue to operate and liquidation is inevitable.

Surely, the land must be part of the TTFA asset otherwise FIFA would not have funded the project as their own rules dictate.

If it is purely a case of tying up loose ends on the appropriate documentation which I would have thought was something Mr Hadad and his team should have addressed immediately upon their appointment.

It is also ironic to note that the 2022 budget is up for approval on the EGM agenda not to mention the recent two-year contracts given to National Coaching staff.

The important and urgent question for the NC to answer is whether the association is now officially insolvent or not as they have had 18 months to address the issue.

Only recently Mr Hadad and Mr Gomez was on i95.5FM telling the host Andre Baptiste that they were working on three solutions to raise funding using the HOF which would eliminate the debt issue but has now reduced its value substantially to the verge of insolvency.

Hopefully, the NC will clarify the true position at the EGM on October 10 and reverse their gloomy outlook accordingly.

The reduction in asset value of the HOF by the NC is alarming and surely disrespectful to the T&T Government who supported and inaugurated the project opening with a fanfare of euphoria and pride which was endorsed by the Prime Minister and the FIFA president himself in glowing terms.

Like all other football stakeholders I will wait on the EGM for further clarification.

Mike Berry
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Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
« Reply #778 on: October 02, 2021, 07:48:46 PM »
From day one to now, my only reaction to this NC foolishness is one big fat wet watery

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NC: Looking for government, anyone's help to reduce debt
« Reply #779 on: October 05, 2021, 06:48:41 PM »
NC: Looking for government, anyone's help to reduce debt
By Walter Alibey (T&T Guardian)


The option of dissolving the T&T Football Association (TTFA) is before Normalisation Committee chairman Robert Hadad and his members, as attempts continue to deal with a debt that has rendered the association insolvent.

The association has been saddled with a $98.5 million debt which minuses the cost for the Home of Football (HOF) in Couva, said to be in the region of $42 million, for which Hadad came under fire at the TTFA's annual general meeting (AGM) on September 26.

In 2020, the sport's world governing body - FIFA, installed Hadad and his team as a replacement for a duly elected United TTFA that was led by William Wallace. That move was made based on a belief that the TTFA was on the brink of insolvency.

Yesterday, however, Hadad in an interview with Guardian Media Sports admitted that the embattled football association is insolvent, but made it clear it was not something they're looking at right now.

Asked if dissolution was an option available to him no, he said: "Absolutely, it is an option, but that is not something we're looking at right now.

"We're looking at other methods of raising the funding and some sort of process to repay that debt, either borrowing or advance that somebody would give us. Or somebody gives us a donation.

"There are many ways to deal with this debt issue, but it's not going to happen overnight, so we need the government involved, we need FIFA involved and we're having active discussions with everyone. Maybe contributions from a third party or multiple third parties, maybe contributions from different places, different sources.

"There is no doubt that we have the Home of Football. The HOF does have a value, and we have the land that the government has promised to lease to the association but that lease needs to be perfected.

"And at the end of the day, it is still a lease, we don't own the land."

The HADCO Group of Companies director on Monday welcomed the government's contribution to sports in its budget, saying apart from embracing the return of international sports in the new year, he now needs to talk to the Minister of Sports and Community Development Shamfa Cudjoe as a means of clearing the existing debt.

"I would love to have a meeting with the minister so that we could talk about where football is going because we still have our debt and we still have to address the debt repayment and we need government's intervention in that and the support of the Sports Company (SporTT) and the Ministry of Sports.

"We need clearer pictures of where we're going with it, we definitely going to need to do that as soon as possible.

We're going to need government support also if we're going to return to some sort of League format. We've been doing some work on a unified league with a Division one and two and we're still in the process of making presentations to stakeholders, but we're again going to need the government's support, as they have done in the past because the teams are going to need some sponsorship from corporate Trinidad."

The process for the start of the proposed unified league is said to be near completion, Hadad said.

Following a presentation of the League by FIFA, the NC chairman said he has already given it his stamp of approval to the idea and it is now before his committee members to do the same. He explained that once approval is given by his members, the proposal of the league will be sent to the membership to sign off on.

Meanwhile, Hadad faces mounting pressure to offer explanations on questions from the membership on the financial state of the TTFA and to say why the cost of the land that houses the Home of Football was left off the audited financial statement.

Hadad at the AGM, deferred those questions to an Emergency General Meeting (EGM) to be held 14 days after that AGM on September 26 which is on Sunday (October 10). And quizzed on an update ahead of the EGM, Hadad said: "All the questions the stakeholders have asked about the financial statement have been forwarded to the auditors, and the auditors will now have to address those issues with the stakeholders.

"From where I sit, I would like to make just one statement, an audit is an independent view of a financial statement, it's not the view of the normalisation committee.

"So the auditors will be the only people to answer why they qualify or rather refuse to give an opinion on the financial statement. They would have to answer that. From where I sit, I can tell you we definitely have a solvency issue. The TTFA is insolvent, we do not have the cash flow to pay our debts and that's evident by the fact that you're seeing and hearing about so many court actions for how many years now.

"So we need to have cash flow and we need to address our debt-repayment issue."

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