Azim Bassarath, who on Wednesday, won a fourth term as president of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board, claims that the court matter brought by rival Dinanath Ramnarine two years ago stifled the development of cricket in the twin-island republic.

Controversial TTFA president David John Williams talks about plans for the home of football.

After another resounding defeat at the hands of Azim Bassarath for the post of Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board president should Dinanath Ramnarine call it quits?

Azim Bassarath has retained the presidency of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board following elections held on Wednesday evening.

A majestic five-wicket haul from spinner Nikita Miller gave the Jamaica Scorpions a fighting chance against the T&T Red Force but the hosts face a stiff task to save the match heading into Sunday’s third day at Sabina Park.

Beginning the day at 62 for 2 and with a lead of 153, the Red Force had their eyes set on heaping more misery on the struggling Scorpions.  In the end, they did, as the team posted a second innings score of 233 but it could have been a lot worse were it not for the heroics of Miller.

After dismissing the opening pair of Kyle Hope (20) and Jeremy Solozano (13) on the previous day’s play, Miller returned to rip through the middle order, denying the Red Force any real momentum. 

With the twin-island republic in a strong position at 114 for 4, Miller removed the dangerous Jason Mohammed for 14 before having Denesh Ramdin caught for 25. 

Spinner Khary Pierre was the highest scorer for the Red Force in the second innings, crafting a hard-earned 46 from 142.  Miller ended the innings with overall figures of 7 for 87. 

In response, the Scorpions were off to a solid start courtesy of an opening partnership between Oraine Williams and Chadwick Walton that was worth 89 runs.  Pierre, however, got the crucial breakthrough when he snatched the back-to-back wickets of Walton and Williams in the 22nd over.  Both were caught by Ramdin.  Things got worse for the Scorpions as they lost the next three wickets for nine runs with Imran Khan removing Jason Mohammed for 1 and Daniel St Clair removing Paul Palmer (8) and Kenroy Williams (0).  Assad Fudadin (6) and Rovmon Powell (2) will begin the day as the not out batsmen with the Scorpions needing 217 runs to win at 108 for 5.

Former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner has hailed ‘building people’ and not buildings as an enduring aspect of his legacy.

Camps, the longest-serving president in the history of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) formerly the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation (TTFA), died last week after taking ill during the festive season.

The 87-year-old led the football body between 1992 and 2012, previously managing the 1973 TT team that infamously lost 2-1 to hosts Haiti in the CONCACAF qualifiers, for the 1974 FIFA World Cup in West Germany, and the Strike Squad team that narrowly missed qualification to the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy.

“What he did was to build character, to build people,” Warner said at a funeral service for the former official.

“His legacy was to build people. That is why in the era of Ollie Camps there were so many players having overseas contracts, unlike today,” he added.

Warner expressed his condolences to Camps’ family, including his companion Farida Sanchez and daughter Sandra. Sandra and her cousin Elizabeth Camps delivered the eulogy at the funeral service.

Trinidad & Tobago Red Force captain Denesh Ramdin has been fined 50 per cent of his match fee for a breach of the Code of Conduct during the third round of matches which ended on Monday in the West Indies Championship.

Former FIFA vice president and local football head Jack Warner has lambasted the standard of the Trinidad and Tobago Pro League.

In a wide-ranging interview, which spoke to the overall state of football in the twin-island republic, Warner pointed to the level of play in local football league as a primary concern.  The league has often been plunged into chaos in recent years with players and clubs threatening to take strike action over unpaid wages.

As it stands, the league is heavily reliant on Government subvention and corporate support but it seems Warner is unconvinced of its benefits.

“You can’t expect to be asking how much you going to pay me and you can’t trap a ball, you can’t pass a ball,” Warner told T&T based news source CCN TV6.

“Right now the only thing professional about the T&T Pro League is the name pro.  There’s nothing professional about it.  Who today would pay a dollar to see a player play in the Pro League,” he added.

“Name for me five players in the Pro League who have substance.”

The former football administrator who is currently fighting extradition to the United States relating to corruption charges during his tenure as a FIFA Vice president.

Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president David John Williams has staunchly defended the controversial Home of Football project at Couva as a necessity for the sport in the twin-island republic.

The multi-million-dollar project, which officially began in September of last year.  The facility was built on 7.64 hectors of land leased to the TTFA.  The project has, however, drawn criticism for both its overall cost and implementation.  Some have argued that the funds could be better spent with the association already heavily in debt.  In an exclusive interview with the SportsMax Zone, John-Williams, however, defended the project.

“The most important investment you can make is a roof over your head,” John Williams told the SportsMax Zone.

“The house is very important for a family,” he added.

“What this administration is achieving is a necessity.  Before we never owned a parrot on a stick.  If it’s this association that achieves it then so be it.”

A US$2.5 million (TT$16.85 million) grant was given to the TT Football Association to build the facility, which will include a hotel, an entertainment centre and training grounds.

Former Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president Oliver Camps has passed away at the age of 87.

 Camps, who was the longest-serving president of the association, died at the St Clair Medical Centre in Port of Spain on Tuesday, after being admitted late last year.

The former TTFA boss served the association for 20 years, between 1992 and 2012 before retiring in somewhat controversial circumstances.  During Camps’ tenure, Trinidad and Tobago qualified for the FIFA 2006 World Cup in Germany as well as the 2007 Under-17 and 2009 Under-20 World Youth Cups in the Republic of Korea and Egypt respectively.

In addition, the former official was involved in two other moments of near-historic significance for T&T.  Camps was team manager when Trinidad and Tobago were controversially denied a spot in the West Germany 1974 World Cup, after dubious officiating saw T&T,inspired by Everald Cummings, Steve David and Warren Archibald, fall 2-1 to Haiti.

He was the manager again in 1989 when the ‘Strike Squad’, then coached by Cummings and featuring the likes of Russell Latapy, Dwight Yorke and Clayton Morris lost 1-0 to the USA in Port of Spain, when a draw would have secured them a place at the 1990 World Cup in Italy.

Trinidad and Tobago Olympian Dylan Carter has been named 2018 Central American and Caribbean (CAC) athlete of the year.

The 21-year-old phenom, who recently lowered the countries 100m backstroke record, has had a phenomenal year in the pool.  In a standout performance at the 2018 Central American & Caribbean Games, Carter claimed three gold medals.

He won the 100m freestyle (48.95), 50m backstroke (24.83), and 50 fly (23.11), all of which came in new meet records, and the latter two of which were new national bests.

As the region’s only swimmer male at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia, Carter also managed to again make his mark after claiming a silver medal in the 50m fly.  Jamaican Alia Atkinson was the other regional attendee and she claimed silver in the 50m breast.

A strong performance would continue for the Trinidad and Tobago native who then participated in2018 World Short Course Swimming Championships, where he won a bronze.  The medal was the country’s second-ever medal at the meet after George Bovell’s bronze in the 100im at the 2012 championships.

The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) has paid its national players four of six outstanding amounts for which there was the promise of strike action. 

Trinidad and Tobago international Sheldon Bateau has accused TTFA president David John Williams of playing games with the country’s national representatives in relation to outstanding sums still owed to several players.

According to the defender, the team has not been paid match fees since the October 2017 World Cup qualifier against the United States.  Since that match, where T&T secured a famous 2-1 win that knocked their CONCACAF counterparts out of the World Cup qualifiers, the team has gone on to play eight friendly matches.

With the TFFA finding itself facing a mountain of debtors, Bateau has claimed that the organisation’s boss has proved elusive to pin down for discussions regarding the issue.

“We (men players) know for sure that they have financial problems,” Bateau told the T&T Newsday.

“One of the main problems is that we’re playing friendly games and (the TTFA) is collecting monies for these games. The money is going elsewhere besides dealing with the players who are playing in these games… you can’t have players playing for (US) $300 and waiting a year to get it. For me that’s wrong,” he added.

“We, as players, always want to find the best solution,” he said. “(We) are willing to sit and talk. But when you try to reach out to him, sometimes he’s not willing to talk, he would send a response with someone else. Once in a blue moon we’ll get him to come face-to-face and talk.

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