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

David John-Williams is at odds with his members over the Home of Football project. Does there need to be an intervention from another power, or can the members sort themselves out?

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 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.

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 Football Association vice president Ewing Davis has blamed several of the association’s current legal woes on the previous administration.

The TTFA has found itself in a financial bind in recent times having been hit with several high-profile lawsuits.  Most recently, the association was ordered to pay US$ 70,188.79 (TT$475,743) in unpaid match fees, salaries and per diems to the Futsal team, which took part in the 2016 CONCACAF Futsal Championship.  However, on the horizon are also non-payment lawsuits from Stephen Hart, Carolina Morace (both former coaches), Anton Corneal and Sheldon Walkes (present and past technical directors).

The TFFA is also reportedly in arrears with the current crop of players, who have according to reports, not been paid since October of last year.

"Lots of things that are coming to us are things that happened with Raymond Tim Kee. Mr Tim Kee made promises to people and did not deliver,” Davis told the Trinidad and Tobago Newsday.

“However, David is in office and if this is football, then fine, but I cannot say that this could have been avoided. I don't think Raymond had spoken to us about the commitments he had to anybody,” he added.

The official also claimed to be unaware of the plight of the current crop of players, who have claimed to be unable to get a suitable response from the association.

"I am not aware, so I cannot respond to that."

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.

A no-confidence motion table against Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president David John-Williams will be brought to the floor on Sunday, following the conclusion of Saturday’s AGM without the matter being addressed.

The TTFA, which took place at the UWI Cave Hill campus, was billed as a referendum for John-Williams, who has drawn the ire of several board members recently.  However, on Saturday, the meeting concluded with roughly two-thirds of the agenda items still untouched.

The motion against John-Williams proposed by TT Super League president and member of the board of directors, Keith Look Loy was one of the topics pushed forward and will need a majority of three-quarters of the valid votes for it to pass.

Although John-Williams is widely expected to have enough votes to survive the challenge, several members have expressed dissatisfaction with his stewardship of the organization. 

Among the issue raised are the poor performances and preparation of the national teams and deterioration of the country’s league football.  Some have also pointed to a lack of transparency surrounding the ‘Home of Football’ project in Couva.

 In the letter sighting his reasons for wanting to dismiss John-Williams, Look-Loy spoke of “Mismanagement of TTFA’s finances, witness the debacle of the 2016 audit, the ongoing inability to pay staff and players and to maintain programmes; Frivolous accumulation of lawsuits and the various expenses associated with same, for example Carolina Morace, Sheldon Phillips, Stephen Hart, etc due to poor management and illegal actions.”

 

Members of the Trinidad and Tobago team took to social media to plead for assistance from anyone who would listen.  The episode was an embarrassment for the TTFA and the country in general.  Cudjoe explains the situation.

Despite the intervention of the Trinidad and Tobago sports ministry in the issue between the TTFA and national football team, a lot of the issues plaguing the sport still remain.

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