TTFA misstep forces clubs out of CONCACAF competitions once again

By December 05, 2019

‘Thoroughly disappointed’ is how Trinidad and Tobago Pro League chairman Brent Sancho described the news that no team from the Pro League will take part in CONCACAF competition for the second season running.

According to Sancho,the omission of T&T Pro League teams from CONCACAF competitions could have been avoided quite easily.

According to reports, the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) were informed of the sanctions from as early as November 22 but never did anything about it.

Those reports also explain that the sanction meted out by CONCACAF, is on account of the fact that the T&T Pro League has not adhered to the regional footballing governing body’s club licensing programme.

“When it happened the last time we were assured it wouldn’t happen again; and that, according to them, it was a simple error. And what makes it even worse is I didn’t find out from the TTFA, I found out from somebody from Concacaf on the day of the [TTFA] election,” Sancho told T&T website Wired868.

Trinidad and Tobago’s football has been going through a tumultuous period lately. Apart from its clubs being out of international competition over the last two seasons, the national team is now ranked 104, just two places off its worst-ever ranking. The national team also failed to advance to the CONCACAF Hex, where six teams have a chance to qualify for three spots at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The team also has to go through a playoff to qualify for the 2021 Gold Cup, having watched Jamaica, Grenada, Curacao and Suriname already assure themselves of a place in that competition.

The TTFA has also recently gone through a leadership change with David John-Williams relinquishing his post to William Wallace.

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