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.

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.

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