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TTFA: The Super League is not duly constituted yet! TTSL process still ongoing…

The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) wishes to place on record the following, in relation to requests submitted by the proposed Trinidad and Tobago Super League (TTSL):

Correspondences received from the proposed TTSL were entered into the formal record for deliberation by the Board in its statutory meeting on 18 January 2017.

Photo: (Left to right) Lt Ryan Ottley (TTSL interim VP), Keith Look Loy (TTSL interim President), Minister Darryl Smith, Camara David (TTSL Secretary), Kester Lendor (TTSL interim Assistant Secretary) and Quincy Jones (TTSL interim Board member). (Courtesy TTSL)
Photo: (Left to right) Lt Ryan Ottley (TTSL interim VP), Keith Look Loy (TTSL interim President), Minister Darryl Smith, Camara David (TTSL Secretary), Kester Lendor (TTSL interim Assistant Secretary) and Quincy Jones (TTSL interim Board member).
(Courtesy TTSL)

As a result of these deliberations, the Board mandated the General Secretariat to respond to representatives of the proposed TTSL as follows:

The TTFA’s Board fully supports the initiative taken by the current clubs playing in the National Super League to appoint an interim committee to manage this competition. However at the time of its initial submission, the proposed TTSL’s interim committee prematurely applied for membership, since, the National Super League has been, and still is, a TTFA competition whose operations are outsourced.

Moreover, pursuant to the TTFA’s constitution, the proposed TTSL must first become a duly constituted body governed by a constitution approved by the TTFA.

To be recognised as a duly constituted body governed by a constitution approved by the TTFA, the proposed TTSL needs to submit correspondence to the General Secretariat of the TTFA, enclosing a hard copy of the its proposed constitution and requesting that the same be ratified by the TTFA.

Photo: TTFA president David John-Williams (centre), media officer Shaun Fuentes (left) and new Soca Warriors coach Dennis Lawrence at the TTFA headquarters on 30 January 2017. (Copyright Allan V Crane/TTFA)
Photo: TTFA president David John-Williams (centre), media officer Shaun Fuentes (left) and new Soca Warriors coach Dennis Lawrence at the TTFA headquarters on 30 January 2017.
(Copyright Allan V Crane/TTFA)

Should the General Secretariat of the TTFA receive the proposed TTSL’s constitution, a request will be made to include an application for membership as an Agenda item on the next permissible statutory Board meeting.

As an approved Agenda item, the proposed TTSL’s constitution will be reviewed and subsequently returned for ratification and adoption, including changes—if any—by the current clubs playing in the National Super League.

In consultation with the TTFA, the proposed TTSL will convene special meetings of the current clubs playing in the National Super League to adopt the proposed constitution and hold elections pursuant to same.

Providing that the constitution is adopted and elections are called to fill all positions identified by its constitution, the proposed TTSL will then become a duly constituted body that can apply to the TTFA for membership.

As a duly constituted body submitting for furtherance on its application for membership, the General Secretariat of the TTFA will request that the said matter be included as an Agenda item on the next permissible statutory Board meeting for deliberation.

Photo: Guaya United goalkeeper Erskine Johnson (left) makes a crucial save from Matura ReUnited captain Shervin Charles (centre) during 2015/16 CNG NSL Premiership Division action in Matura. Looking on is Guaya United flanker Leroy Jones. (Courtesy Nicholas Bhajan/WIred868)
Photo: Guaya United goalkeeper Erskine Johnson (left) makes a crucial save from Matura ReUnited captain Shervin Charles (centre) during 2015/16 CNG NSL Premiership Division action in Matura.
Looking on is Guaya United flanker Leroy Jones.
(Courtesy Nicholas Bhajan/WIred868)

As an approved Agenda item, the Board of the TTFA will consider the proposed TTSL’s application for membership in its entirety before a vote is taken.

Should the vote be in support of the proposed TTSL application for membership, and pursuant with Article 9.1 of the TTFA’s constitution, an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) needs to be called, guided by Article 29.1 of the TTFA’s constitution, to facilitate deliberation by the TTFA’s General Meeting Delegates.

Conscious of the extensive nature of the process previously outlined, the Board of the TTFA committed a subcommittee, as well as the General Secretariat, to engage the proposed TTSL representatives in discourse and activities that will allow this membership application to be processed in the shortest possible time.

The representatives of the proposed TTSL have since positively responded to the advice relayed, specific to the application for membership process by submitting their constitution on 26 January 2017, and have accepted the Board’s gesture to meet with the subcommittee designated by the Board.

By all foreseeable projections, the subcommittee of the TTFA’s Board and the representatives of the proposed TTSL will meet prior to the next scheduled statutory meeting of the FA’s Board on 15 February 2017.

Photo: Defence Force captain and midfielder Christopher Durity (right) shoots past WASA defender Christopher Mitchell during CNG National Super League Premiership Division action in St Joseph. (Courtesy Nicholas Bhajan/Wired868)
Photo: Defence Force captain and midfielder Christopher Durity (right) shoots past WASA defender Christopher Mitchell during CNG National Super League Premiership Division action in St Joseph.
(Courtesy Nicholas Bhajan/Wired868)

The TTFA trusts that this release clearly articulates its position and the activities required to process the proposed TTSL’s admission application while providing updates consistent with maintaining and further developing a professional relationship with our stakeholders.

Editor’s Note: TTSL interim president Keith Look Loy said that he expects his body’s application for TTFA membership to be approved on 18 February 2017 at an Extraordinary General Meeting of the Association.

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20 comments

  1. ..They tell us we “premature” after they take three weeks to respond to our application and another two to respond to our request for a meeting. LOL. Sigh..

  2. ..”..Perez has apparently revived the idea of a Super League which has long been muted but would almost certainly bring immediate sanctions from UEFA.”..The authorities don’t like this Super League talk..

  3. The whole concept of a zonal team is to have a continuous pool, the zonal pool must never be scrapped or adjourned. We treat the game like short projects and not a life long development to success. There is no adjourning, there must be a continuum, if a player is not performing he gets demoted to the zonal team and if a player is performing he gets promoted to the first team this is just how it works, no compromise.

  4. Ah whole load of bull if u ask me

  5. ..TTSL has just accepted an invitation to a meeting at 6.30PM tomorrow..

  6. Earl Best

    I read this and I am reminded of a joke my late brother told me many years ago.

    Some fellas in Tunapuna, not happy with the outcome of an investigation undertaken into a murder near the ABS station on the Eastern Main Road, decided that they were going to stone the station. They eventually abandoned the plan.

    Why? The police told them they couldn’t stone the station without first applying for permission.

    Trinidad hasn’t changed much, has it?

  7. It seems that the TTFA is afraid that the new TTSL will outshine the professional league, hence the reason why they are taking so long to acknowledge . Them really good yes.

  8. ..TTSL submitted its application to TTFA as long ago as 8 January; and has delivered an electronic and hard copy of its constitution, which is based rigidly on the TTFA blue print handed down by FIFA in 2015, which has been acknowledged by the TTFA Secretariat. TTSL has requested a meeting with the sub-committee appointed by TTFA to meet with TTSL to facilitate the process of TTSL entry into TTFA. TTSL is awaiting this meeting. Meantime, members of the TTFA Board drawn from the various Regional Associations have all long indicated their support for the application, as have TTFA bodies which do not have Board representation, such as TT Beach and TT Futsal. The Minister of Sport is on board. The ball is now entirely in TTFA’s court..

  9. Interesting when and why the TTFA chooses to be transparent. I can only hope that this transparency is not limited to other people’s business like the TTSL application and the financial statement of their predecessors.