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TTFA releases Waldrum apology; but fails to offer one itself

Four days after the Trinidad and Tobago national women’s team flew to the United States for a pre-CONCACAF Championship training camp with just US$500, the team is still awaiting the promised funding from the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA).

And the Ministry of Sport revealed that the TTFA’s request for sponsorship was so late that it only landed at its office on Tuesday evening when the “Soca Princesses” were already at the Piarco International Airport.

Yet, last night, the only apology for the humiliating debacle came from the TTFA’s women’s coach, American native Randy Waldrum, who said sorry for the tweet that provoked an outpouring of goodwill in Dallas and red faces in Trinidad and Tobago.

Photo: Houston Dash and Trinidad and Tobago national senior women's team coach Randy Waldrum. (Courtesy ESPN)
Photo: Houston Dash and Trinidad and Tobago national senior women’s team coach Randy Waldrum.
(Courtesy ESPN)

On Wednesday morning, as his team started training without water and with no money for lunch, Waldrum tweeted: “I need HELP! T&T sent a team here last night with $500 total. No equipment such as balls, no transportation from airport to hotel, nothing…

“I don’t know how I’m going to feed these players starting at lunch today! If you know of anyone in Dallas area that will help with food, etc.”

By lunch, national players said random people started turning up with water and snacks while, by dinner, they received pizza from well-wishers. And, by the following morning, there was over US$10,000 in an account the coach set up for the team.

Even the Haitian women’s football team, who the Warriors will face in a vital World Cup qualifier next week, pledged just over US$1,300 to the Princesses.

“Coach takes a stand for the team and look what happened,” wrote Caribbean Cup MVP and T&T striker Mariah Shade, on her Facebook account. “People from all over Dallas are just bringing us carloads of water, Gatorade, food, fruits, snacks and so much more.

“People in another country treating us like this; we are very grateful. ‪#‎BlessingsInAbundance.”

Photo: Does the end justify the means? Trinidad and Tobago national women's team coach Randy Waldrum apologised for his tweets for financial aid.
Photo: Does the end justify the means?
Trinidad and Tobago national women’s team coach Randy Waldrum apologised for his tweets for financial aid.

However, TTFA president Raymond Tim Kee suggested that Waldrum suffered an “emotional disturbance” and, although he conceded that his administration had erred, it was only Waldrum who was asked to apologise.

“The response was overwhelming however in hindsight the language used to appeal for assistance could have been better,” stated Waldrum, via a TTFA press release yesterday, “and was not meant to cause any embarrassment to the TTFA nor the Trinidad and Tobago public at large.

“If it did by any chance, I apologize in advance for any embarrassment caused.”

Waldrum also thanked Petrotrin again for allowing his team use of its facility before the players left for the United States; although, in a previous tweet, he expressed dissatisfaction with the condition of the club house.

For now, Waldrum wants to put the matter behind him and focus on preparing his team for the World Cup qualifiers. Not that there is any chance his tweet will not be the talk of the tournament.

“I am passionate about my players and in making Trinidad and Tobago proud, and like yourself, I understand the tremendous opportunity that lies before us,” stated Waldrum, who led the Princesses to the Caribbean Cup title while working pro bono. “Thank you for all your efforts in light of a very difficult and challenging situation and would like to thank the people that came to our aid including the hundreds of donors, supporters, Ministry of Sport and Petrotrin.”

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago goal scorer Dernelle Mascall (centre) gets a lift back to the centre circle from teammates Kennya Cordner (second from right), Tasha St Louis (third from right) and Arin King (fourth from right) during the 2014 Caribbean Cup. (Courtesy Jinelle James/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago goal scorer Dernelle Mascall (centre) gets a lift back to the centre circle from teammates Kennya Cordner (second from right), Tasha St Louis (third from right) and Arin King (fourth from right) during the 2014 Caribbean Cup.
(Courtesy Jinelle James/Wired868)

Trinidad and Tobago captain Maylee Attin-Johnson, in a previous interview with Wired868, gave a more sober analysis.

“Our preparation was abysmal,” said Attin-Johnson. “It was what we didn’t expect after being champions of the Caribbean. But that is water under the bridge now.

“We just have to see what we can do, now that we have all the girls together, to get to the World Cup.”

For the Tim Kee, who is also Port of Spain Mayor and PNM treasurer, and his general secretary Sheldon Phillips, it was just one more embarrassing cock-up to their list.

Since Tim Kee took over the helm of the football body in December 2012, the football body has: failed to audit the body’s accounts, misled the public over an Akeem Adams fundraiser, failed to properly convene its finance committee, reversed a promise to chase funds allegedly siphoned out of the football body by former special advisor Jack Warner, failed to pay technical director Anton Corneal as well as replace him after his resignation, failed to honour courtroom promises made to the 2006 World Cup players and former coach Russell Latapy, hired and fired coaches without approval from the TTFA executive committee and botched administrative duties like making timely requests for funding, selecting local players for a MLS camp, hiring referees for a FA Trophy clash and mediating club disputes at Super League level.

Photo: TTFA president Raymond Tim Kee, who is a member of the FIFA Futsal Committee, tries out the furniture at the controversial global football body's Zurich headquarters.
Photo: TTFA president Raymond Tim Kee, who is a member of the FIFA Futsal Committee, tries out the furniture at the controversial global football body’s Zurich headquarters.

And, this week, the national women’s team was on a plane for Dallas without a single accompanying technical staff member and not even a dollar to pay for transport from the airport to their hotel. Worse, the football body had not even formally requested money to give to the Princesses until that very evening.

Fortunately, one player’s parent, Kenrick Hoyte, is a customs officer and he, along with a TTFA staff member, dipped in their personal bank accounts and came up with US$500, which he gave to the women while they were on the plane.

Tim Kee said his administration’s behaviour was “unpardonable.” But he did not offer an apology for it; nor did he sanction any TTFA staff member and, in particular, his General Secretary for their roles in the farce.

He ensured that Waldrum said sorry though.

 

(Apology in full)

Randy Waldrum:

Dear Mr. Tim Kee,

As part of my preparation for the upcoming CONCACAF tournament, I have worked under the full awareness of the financial difficulties facing the TTFA, especially its battle to raise awareness and financial support to provide the required level of resources for its women’s national team programs.

Our recent camp in Palo Seco was organized in response to my request for a proper residential camp. Once again, realizing the financial situation of the FA, I worked tirelessly with your General Secretary who successfully lobbied Petrotrin to graciously provide the beach camp facility for free to start our national team preparations.

Concurrently, plans were being put in place to have a 7-day camp in Dallas where I would be able to secure some additional resources to continue the team’s preparation.

However, when eleven players arrived to Dallas on Monday October 6, at that time I had only received partial itinerary information from the team manager with some insight on what was being done in Trinidad regarding the release of funds.

Understanding the challenges the TTFA, I sent out a message on social media site Twitter asking for assistance.

The response was overwhelming however in hindsight, the language used to appeal for assistance could have been better and was not meant to cause any embarrassment to the TTFA nor the Trinidad and Tobago public at large. If it did by any chance, I apologize in advance for any embarrassment caused.

I am passionate about my players and in making Trinidad and Tobago proud, and like yourself, I understand the tremendous opportunity that lies before us.

Thank you for all your efforts in light of a very difficult and challenging situation and would like to thank the people that came to our aid including the hundreds of donors, supporters,Ministry of Sport and Petrotrin.

About Lasana Liburd

Lasana Liburd
Lasana Liburd is the CEO and Editor at Wired868.com and a journalist with over 20 years experience at several Trinidad and Tobago and international publications including Play the Game, World Soccer, UK Guardian and the Trinidad Express.

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  1. Some of Mr. Eligon’s claims have merit. Patrick did say so. The operating environment is this: the SPORTT was created to bypass red tape as most govt special purposes companies. Lifesport occurred and there was not even money disbursed for the summer youth camps. So back to the red taped Ministry to issue funds. One can envisage that the duel with 2 pull would have made corporate T&T hesitant since the govt does business with most well off companies. Imagine the recipient of the same course put on by the TTFA not too long ago says that heads should roll is remarkable. How many administrative courses has the ECFU put on to facilitate your organisation Mr. Eligon? And how many administrative courses has your organisation put on to facilitate members of the community? Your opinions belong to you but the fact remains is that you did not tell the people what the operating environment consists of. It is not women’s football alone that is suffering because of it.

  2. Tried to read all comments, based on this reaction one can come to only one conclusion, the time has come to effect change. How do we do this? The present people were elected there by being voted in an election of officers, let us apply this to mean, they have failed and heads should roll, sorry guys, to me you have only one thing in your corner, the just concluded seminar put on by F.I.F.A. Did you not listen to Patrick? You seem not to know your “Operating Environment” if you did, this last soap opera would not have happened. I am appealing to all involved to do the Honorable thing and we will put this in our experience account and move on.

  3. It’s somewhat exhausting to follow the back and forth banter about blame and embarrassment. If logic and chronologic were to be applied, I’m sure it’s simple enough to deduce that the first faux pas occurred when the party/ies responsible and accountable for the provision, well being and progession of our NATIONAL womens’ team either neglected to, or failed to execute their duties in an effective, efficient and timely manner. The buck starts and stops there. All charitable efforts post departure of the team have no bearing and are beyond reproach, regardless of wording or media. A drowning man will clutch at a straw. The question to ask is how did he end up in the deep water. We’ve been giving stipends to the “under privelaged” under a farce of a program with a sport related title. But young women making a concerted effort are left wanting. Do they have to win a tournament before they are afforded basic amenities and privelages? And how are they expected to do that?

  4. tim kee is the one to apologise

  5. Kendall Tull YOUR comments are 1000% correct. Simeon Humphrey I like the way you thinking. If this happpened in a developed country what do you think the outcome would be?

  6. So why is Mr Tim Kee still there? he should be benched

  7. It takes courage and character to apologize. Don’t hold your breath.

  8. “How it go look?” is all TTFF cared about when they decided Coach Waldrum was wrong to solicit help for a team the TTFF sent to him without proper arrangements for their basic needs. What utter madness! To even consider castigating the coach for being proactive instead of just abandoning the team to fend for themselves is just ridiculous (after all he was not even advised of their impending arrival and only informed by the team after they had arrived). To suggest that he was wrong to do something is to stroke the ego of the TTFF. What have they ever done to deserve any concession? *Steups* They needed that reality check….let’s hope they do something good with it…yet…sorry to say, in spite of the fact I am an optimist…I don’t have high hopes they will.

  9. Who was the team Manager,did they not sit down and set up an off field plan for the team for each day with a budget. For the U 17 Boys World Cup held in Trinidad I worked with some of the the teams and saw the level of off field detailed preparation required for world class performance, this is not close.

  10. So allyuh wanted the man to lie.That is why we are in this mess today, because ppl like to hide the truth.

  11. Lasana,

    Pinard and others may shoot the messenger but the message will not die. Tim Kee and his executive should apologise to the coach then resign to allow competent and effective leaders to run our national football business.

  12. We can argue til kingdom come about who should apologize/be removed etc. The bottom line is that the ONLY thing that gets action on our shameful sport failures at an administration level is embarrassment on an international scale.

    The people in charge are so arrogant that not only are they unmoved when we expose shortcomings locally, the local public is no longer embarrassed or outraged.

    I am quite sure we have all heard (and forgotten) about past representatives being left in airports to fend for themselves, or similar stories.

    The question we need to be asking is – what does it take to change it. And if embarrassment on an international scale is what it takes, I’m not offended by that.

  13. The only person that got something done was raked over the coals? Lmao. I guess he apologized for the sake of the players. This will make his bond with the team stronger, they see whose got their backs…and it certainly aint TTFF.

  14. Kendall Tull, if he can ask strangers on Twitter for money, why not ask people he knew? Unless his only goal was to make a point to the TTFA. Is that what you’re saying?

  15. I pointed out those big tickets Gerard Emile Zatopek Pinard. The financial audit, fund raising, settling W/Cup bonus dispute, changing constitution and going after misappropriated money were all HIS mission statements for his campaign.
    Ask me how many he accomplished?
    I will tell you. Zero!
    What’s trivial about that? What am I missing?

  16. You must be joking Lasana Liburd.

    “Waldrum could have have phoned some friends with some bank and asked for a loan.”

    That cannot possibly be a serious statement. Since when does a professional coach of a National team having to borrow money from friends to fund the team become an expected course of action? I think you people have spent so long watching nonsense, you are beginning to condone it.

    He was 100% right to expose the nonsense and to suggest he was acting like a ‘spoiled child’ and was used to ‘unlimited resources and upset he doesn’t have it’ is stupidity of the highest order.

    How can you send a National team abroad with no funding for meals and transport? Not even Haiti does that. They just don’t come. To expect a coach donating his time to extend personal credit to our cause is madness.

    This is why we cannot move forward. When serious people challenge our a$#^^* antics publicly, we criticise them for embarrassing us. He didn’t embarrass T&T. The TTFA did that by sending a team abroad to represent Trinidad and Tobago without funding. Hockey has much less money in it than football but they have never done such a jackass act.

    Gerard Emile Zatopek Pinard and the like can talk all the nonsense about major strategic objectives but if the very basics of the organisation aren’t being achieved, none of that matters.

    And as for Carlos Lee – respect is earned. Don’t send me a team with no money for food and no equipment and expect me to pay out of my pocket from my non – existent salary.

    I think I have had enough of this thread. Carry on gentlemen. Continue to harangue the messenger and see how well that works for you. Accept zero accountability. I will fight my battles elsewhere where people are serious about going somewhere.

  17. It’s clear some ppl can’t handle the truth…. bunch of slackers!

  18. And this is not even a basic management lesson eh….is basic common sense really….why didn’t they provide the team with a Gold Card, I’m sure they have enough at the TTFF

  19. Ian R Briggs, I adjudged that two-footed tackle was legal eh. Lasana, I just surfaced after managing to keep away for only one day…

  20. That is what happens when you have a man who says that he “Designates”as a Boss. Let us hope that he makes a better job of the TWO other responsibilities that has been given to him

  21. Lasana, I am not privy to the inner workings of the TTFA, but we should assess Tim Kee’s performance based on how well he has executed a handful of major strategic objectives that should have been established at the outset. But that’s just me eh…many of us prefer to focus on dotishness and trivialities while the big ticket items go unaddressed.

  22. People are aware that Tim Key was 1 of Jack cronies. The only reason they bust up is because Jack is UNC and Tim Key is PNM.

  23. Wen Sports Journalist stop Being to friendly with Thé Admistration and Write Facts We will get somewhere I shall say No more

  24. a bit harsh there Adrian on Sherlan…lol… but in all honesty, if you can’t see where the poor management practice is in this instance, then a little more experience in management may be required….

  25. Well, I don’t think it was an isolated incident Gerard. More like a pattern. But I’m not trying to get a vigilante mob going either eh. Lol. My personal view is that neither Tim Kee or Phillips has done enough to justify their roles in football.

  26. You said it perfectly, Adrian Clarke!! ; )

  27. Carlos, Yeah we fighting about they legality of my two footed tackles a while now…. I am yet to be called on it in a real game so in my opinion it legal…

  28. wow, how sad that national players are treated in such a bad way.

  29. Lasana Liburd, who says I am letting them off the hook? BOTH parties are wrong in this matter…I just don’t agree that this incident alone is justifiable grounds for the sacking of the TTFA President. There is a huge difference, ent?

  30. That is true as well Gerard Emile Zatopek Pinard. Although, for context, the TTFA simply didn’t apply in this case.
    How can we blame the Ministry of Sport in this instance when the TTFA applied on the day the women were travelled and had a cheque ready within two or three days?

  31. Sherlan Cabralis I don’t know where you learned management. But I felt it was good management to obtain help quickly when none was forthcoming from the TTFA. It took the TTFA 4 days after they arrived to get money to the team. The coach is a hero in my books and managed the situation better than your TTFA crooked idiots that you support.

  32. I always try to avoid these chats because it always seem to get too emotional. I agree there are 2 issues and we will all agree that TTFF and the administration of Sports in TT is extremely lacking to say the least. But if I have to review a specific issue base on good managment practice, I can only go with my formal training. When the discuss is on how to improve the administration of sports I will tune in.

  33. Briggs – Lasana said ur a two-foot tackler. Lol

  34. By the way Hassan C Araujo, the TTFA didn’t apply the day before. The applied on the same afternoon at almost the time the girls had to check in for the flight.

  35. I am not blaming the coach at all. I cant believe these people studying embarrassment before the well being of the players. Shameful.

  36. Bottom line is that BOTH parties were wrong. TTFF’s bungling of the travel and financial arrangements AND the manner in which the Coach chose to deal with the problem. Both have contributed to the embarrassment we suffered as a result…but the real problem goes much deeper than that and we all seem to be ignoring this fact. Billions of dollars (our taxpayers’ dollars) go towards Sport but how much of it really goes towards developing our sportspersons at the end of the day?

  37. who say my tackles were illegal? 🙂

  38. They just might end your budding career:-)

  39. Lasana – beware of players making illegal tackles. Lol lol

  40. That’s a good point Ian R Briggs… I find I’m agreeing with the two-foot tackler plenty on this one! Haha

  41. yeah, hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  42. A lot of people with authority, but none with responsibility.

  43. Adrian, and this was real easy….. If people can’t see who really wrong on this issue and only focusing on ‘EMBARASSMENT” then one cannot be mad when nothing gets done in Trinidad when real issues and proplems have to be solved….

  44. If Mr creed was PS of ministry of sport the ladies would have gotten there funding

  45. Vernal that is why we have a serious leadership problem or should I say we have no leaders just people in so called high profile positions

  46. Thats Y our Football Would not Reach any place to much Corrupted people who knows nothing bout football running it.

  47. You would think that would be straight forward right Hassan?

  48. shame on TTFA why should he apologise, it is Tim Kee to not only apologise but resign now

  49. The level of idiocy displayed by some of the coach’s detractors is amazing . This coach seems to be a better financial manager and fund raiser than the TTFA.

  50. People could focus on coach action as much as they want…. Fact is the man do what he was supposed to do… protect his team…. so if that mean 2 man and a mickey mouse outfit get embarass so that his charges could EAT so be it…. ..

  51. Lasana TTFA only asked for money the day before they left and they know about the camp long time so what TK really doing ,he certainly not seeing about POS……this was a straight case of slackness on TTFA part but sometimes one has to get embarassed to know they doing crap…..

  52. “The same time it took him to tweet he could have called TTFF.” Really?? As of yesterday no funds from the TTFA reached the team. So tell me how him taking the time to call the TTFA would have fed them since Wednesday?? Instead of talking about why this happened and how to prevent it , some folks want to focus on how the coach should be fired. But not the people who caused it right? Makes sense…Smh

  53. It is the least of all of the TTFA’s problem.
    Does no one see that had we hired a coach using (Oh I don’t know) maybe money and sending the team with a budget none of this would have happened?

  54. The coach’s tweet might be A problem. But it isn’t THE problem.

  55. Waldrum could have have phoned some friends with some bank and asked for a loan. Of course, the TTFA probably wouldn’t have honoured it.
    He forced the TTFA’s hand and got what he wanted. For good and for bad.
    The fact that it should come to that at all is why someone at the TTFA should have paid the price.
    I still don’t get why Gerard Emile Zatopek Pinard is letting them off the hook. 🙂

  56. We should have been embarrassed when we accepted the charity of a foreign coach like a special needs nation instead of acting responsibly and proudly by hiring one like a self respecting nation.
    Then to compound the shame of it all we send our women’s team to play abroad with only $500 between them.

    How is the coach’s tweet the problem?

  57. Kendall Tull, I agree with Ian R Briggs’ analysis. Randy Waldrum is a professional coach with no real ties to Trinidad and Tobago. I don’t think he is without an agenda himself.
    I blame the TTFA for the whole farce. I don’t know Waldrum personally so I could be wrong. But I do suspect he wasn’t naive about the implications of his tweet either.

  58. Briggs – so the end justifies the means. Embarrassing an entire nation to get what you want is a-okay? Randy acted like a spoiled brat. But then again this is a part time gig for him. And we’re a lil third world country. So why show us any respect?

  59. I understand he called but was not given a definitive response . Sherlan and other TTFA apologists are the reasons people like Tim Kee hold high office

  60. I see the scars of questionable football administrators is very deep. However, be aware of people bearing gifts.

  61. This is nothing New in TT Football for to long admins have been bleeding the Players Mr Camps and Comp Was and is pt of this Debacule JW

  62. Loris – absolutely. And don’t forget they had no balls and other equipment.

  63. Comparing food and accomodation to key tools to do a job.. and calling failing to provide them shortcomings.. come on be real..

  64. I understand but respect breeds respect which is a two way street (Upward as well as downward)! Unfortunately, sometimes though unintentional in this case, disrespect for your subordinates results in what transpired. What’s unforgiving is that this is not the first time our sports ambassadors have been left undone. This recurring behavior must be stopped and rectified at the management level. As leaders, we must always consider the well-being of our followers/employees/subordinates/sportsmen & women and the potential risks of our decisions, then put in place systems to sense those imminent risks before they occur and address those risks ‘before’ they happen…. otherwise crapeau will smoke your pipe with a BIG smile on his face. Then again, in T&T in our culture, one does not challenge the management for fear of losing one’s job, where as abroad, employees’ working environment and working conditions are protected and employees are allowed to expressed their demise without fear of retribution. So we are dealing with difference in culture as well in this matter.

  65. Sana, which foreign coach you know would coach another country’s NATIONAL TEAM for FREE? TTFF Pimping him and he PIMP back on twitter…. he just show TTFA how much weight he has… 1 tweet =$10,000+ US in funds, oddles and oddles of support, news coverage, and an unwilling TTFA to cough up over $250,000 TT in funds in less than 2 days….. and all it cost him was an apology? TTFA just got out played in the smart man game…… and as I said before, this is what happens when people who THINK they are professionals meet REAL professionals….. at some point embarrassment will happen…

  66. Its Nothing New this has been going on for YEARS

  67. Sherlan – well said. Some folks just can’t seem to separate the coach’s unprofessionalism from the TTFA’s shortcomings. I imagine that if their employer fail to give them one or more key tools to perform
    their job they would also go to tweeter and complain. And still expect to keep their job. Smh

  68. TTFF knew the players left with no money.. why should he call them to tell them what they already knew and seem not to be too concerned about! also correct .. its about management – the TTFF..

  69. And why exactly is the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago enlisting the services of a free coach again, are we destitute, a nation of beggars?

    It seems so given this week’s revelation………free coach, team sent abroad with $500 (I hope in U.S. dollars) and having to rely on the kindness of strangers and expatriates for basic survival.

    But nah……..it’s the coach’s fault!

  70. The same time it took him to tweet he could have called TTFF. It’s not about blame. It’s about management.

  71. Lasana – you disappointed me with that last comment.

  72. So how long was the Coach to wait for the TTFA to send funds given that they couldn’t afford water, far less meals at the time of the tweet? I saw in another thread that Haiti contributed to the cause. Well we reach because if we need charity from them……

  73. I admit there is logic there Ian R Briggs.
    The elephant in the room is that Waldrum is not looking for financial reward from this job. So what does he want?
    A chance to raise his profile, which he can leverage later on in his own career.
    If he doesn’t get it by taking the women to the World Cup, then he probably has already got it by his tweet.
    You know what they say about free thing. I’m trying not to be too cynical here. But everyone has an end game. That is understandable.

  74. We does rrrrrrrelllllll cut track fuh gouti tuh run in dis country!

  75. Let’s assume that the coach was unprofessional, pray tell how else could he, in that short space of time, gotten the kind of assistance he received for the players if he hadn’t highlighted it on social media network..? The football admin knew the players left with no money and didn’t inform him as to how to behave and/or what to do until they sent funds..! let’s be honest and lay the blame squarely where its supposed to be..!

  76. If Arsenal went to play at Chelsea and on arriving there they discovered that the organization did not release the required funds for the trip would anyone blame Wenger?
    NO!
    But somehow transpose that scenario to the T&T national women’s football team and it’s coach, not the organization is to blame.

    Hear nah…………..

  77. no Carlos… Coach did what PROFESSIONALS do when they are not in charge… even when not at fault you still bite the bullet…. He (coach) knew EXACTLY what he was doing….Why? after living up in the states for 20+ years I would have done the same damn thing and then issue an apology… Wait, like coach read my mind…the only was these fools (Tim Kee and Phillips) respond is when THEY ARE EMBARASSED!! so look what hapeen in the space of 2 days….. money (which was not requested when it was clear the girls were going to need to travel) get requested AND approved, and team have funds…. so no love lost…….. TTFA did what it was supposed to do and all it cost the coach was an apology to fools and not a dime out of his pocket….. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED in my book…. What this show me is this is the blue print for future national coaches when you have to deal with these clowns… they act like ASS as usual when requesting funds and support? send a shot across their brow on twitter

  78. Fair point in some respects…

  79. *( i know that would not happen)

  80. Yes, TTFF and the Min of Sports was sub- par but we can’t allow people to believe they can disrespect our organisation. I wonder if Canada did something like ( i know that would happen) would he do that?! We need to separate our distrust for sport administrators and what the situation from a management perspective.

  81. He is unprofessional?! steupssss … not today nah

  82. Sadly, Sherlan Cabralis, the cause of the problem is TTFA management, quite sub-par I might add. T&T Sports is overburdened with ineffective communicators, substandard decision making, poor marketing skills, and poor financial management. It’s unprofessionalism to the nth degree!

  83. That does not change my opinion. As professionals in our job, are we allow to post negative comments on social media with ramifications? He is unprofessional

  84. I’m tired.
    This country simply has too many track cutters, some people cutting track for gouty to run and the others cutting track to catch gouti!

  85. Waldrum was in the US, Sherlan Cabralis. Actually the team phoned him when they got the States. And I understand he did not even know they were coming.

  86. he was in Dallas.He did not travel with the team

  87. To all those responsible for that absurd occurrence….shame..shame..on you…

  88. People say Waldrum should have handled it differently in a way that would bring less embarrassment to T&T. I admit that he could have.
    But I cannot get how the TTFA gets a free pass.
    Do you know that the TTFF, with the help of All Sport, sent several international teams out on tournaments in 2012 and even played international friendlies against Finland and Canada?
    They did it by something call fund-raising, which is going out and making a case to corporate T&T and they did raise some money.
    Does it not raise red flags that the TTFA’s request for funding from the Ministry of Sport was only made formally made on the evening of the girls’ trip?
    I’m stunned that noone seemed to make anything of that.

  89. (General Secretary who successfully lobbied Petrotrin to graciously provide the beach camp facility for free to start our national team preparations) …buh wha de jail I reading here…they have to lobby to get a training facility..a national team…papayo…so much for telling the young..SPORTS IS IT…and having to apologise for saying the team didn’t know where their next meal was coming from while in another country…whey sah..I thought they abolish slavery..but I see here…Massa wielding he big stick…and also massa does nothing wrong…hmmm…the things citizens have to put up with when these leaders only studying deyself….

  90. Gerard Emile Zatopek Pinard, Simeon Humphrey posted this on another thread:
    “Using Pinard’s logic President Nixon got carried away and therefore resigned for nothing ! This is proof positive why in T&T we had and have lots of Managers but no real Leaders – they occupy posts but are underachieving incompetents all. I cry for my beloved country !”

  91. I would have fired him. If he really cared about the players he should not have gotten on the plane with the players. He has his own agenda.

  92. the fact that he got results……while working pro bono…..and they want him to apologise for publicly airing the situation is beyond me

    hats off to you Mr. Waldrum, example of a true coach

  93. He should not at all…why hide it,them feeling shame now…one set ah BS with them yes…

  94. ALL OF THEM DROPPED THE BALL!!!! THEY ARE ALL USELESS!

  95. No he should not have had to apologise.

  96. Yes there is more there always some underlying situation with these apologies smh

  97. Apologise for what speaking the truth……

  98. Mr Carlos Lee it seems you have a beef with Mr waldrum with your conspiracy theories and his so called ulterior motive and holding down part time job and day job.Yes his tweet could have been toned down but please stop speculating on his motives for coaching TNT for free unless hr specifically called you and told you personally what his motives are

  99. I didn’t want to get involved in this discourse because frankly I am completely fed up of reading the weekly gaffes/cock-ups/nonsense spewed by the TTFA. I find it amazing that we want to hold the coach liable for embarrassing T&T. I have run my own company and led State and Privately held organisations and can categorically state as Head/CEO/MD, you hold ultimate accountability for the performance of the organisation. It can’t be any other way.

    The TTFA doesn’t pay coaches, technical and administrative staff or even match fees on any consistent basis. They refuse to seek recovery of the missing funds despite the advice of the Judge and breach their agreed court sanctions and people want to argue that we chasing the wrong man?

    You have to be kidding me. Don’t you have any idea what’s happening in the TTFA? But somehow you want to blame the government that has zero part in running the TTFA. This administration has a lot to answer for, but the failings of the TTFA isn’t one of them.

    The TTFA is a complete disgrace as a national body and no amount of talk is going to change that. The system ia stacked for certain people to remain in power and no good can come of that. Personally I hope they are sued for breach of contract and destroyed and then maybe we can build something worthwhile from the ashes.

    Lasana Liburd – I sometimes feel you are wasting your time following and reporting on these matters. I know I am fed up reading the articles.

  100. Jus feeling as if there is more to this….

  101. its high time ppl realise the GOVT dont give a shit about the PEOPLE, all they concerned bout is ROBBING the country while they r in office

  102. Lasana – thanks for sharing. Randy has re-earned my respect by drafting that apology. Tim Kee and the TTFA should follow suit and draft a similar apology for their role in the fiasco. Wishing the ladies the best next week.

  103. Sheldon Phillips is Tim Kee’s pick though. He is a direct employee of the TTFA president and there is a series of blunders; some of which I pointed out.
    If Tim Kee continues to keep Phillips as his CEO, would Tim Kee not have to answer for his actions? Is that not what accountability is?
    So who is to blame for all the faux pas of the last two years exactly?

  104. Briggs – Randy was at fault. He was the one who sent out the unfortunate and irresponsible tweet. A tweet that any Trini who has an iota of pride in the black, red and white flag of TNT would find embarrassing and uncalled for. Randy was frustrated – frustrated at not having unlimited resources to do his part time gig. He’s trying to have his cake and eat it, by attempting to hold on to his daytime job while simultaneously managing a national team ahead of a big tournament. He’s basically trying to hold down two full time jobs and everyone knows that near impossible and will only result in frustrations and disappointments. The above said, it is clear that the TTFA and their challenging financial situation precipitated Randy’s unfortunate tweet. Tim Kee’s current attempts at holding three jobs, all of which require 100% of his time, is creating major issues. If he’s truly committed to developing the game he’s got to spend the time leading the TTFA’s fundraising efforts. He’s got to spend the time convincing the business sector that the TTFA and their products are viable partners for them to be associated with. He’s got to spend time working the public and getting us excited about football again. He’s got to establish a strong PR arm and rebuild the brand that is the TTFA. Basically, he’s got to start fulfilling the roles and responsibilities of the office he is holding.

    • So Carlos against coach Randy for wanting to ‘eat he cake and have it’ too while working pro bono. How could Randy be so irresponsible as to engage in such an unfortunate display of the COJONES that Tim Kee and the rest of the ‘eat ah food’ gang mismanaging our national football lack !
      Unfortunate and irresponsible is Tim Kee being selected to eat three cake and having them too, especially since he was there for 10 yrs previously and served Jack Warner. Trinis have real short memory indeed ! I am truly embarrassed now !

  105. (Apology in full)
    Randy Waldrum:
    Dear Mr. Tim Kee,
    As part of my preparation for the upcoming CONCACAF tournament, I have worked under the full awareness of the financial difficulties facing the TTFA, especially its battle to raise awareness and financial support to provide the required level of resources for its women’s national team programs.
    Our recent camp in Palo Seco was organized in response to my request for a proper residential camp. Once again, realizing the financial situation of the FA, I worked tirelessly with your General Secretary who successfully lobbied Petrotrin to graciously provide the beach camp facility for free to start our national team preparations.
    Concurrently, plans were being put in place to have a 7-day camp in Dallas where I would be able to secure some additional resources to continue the team’s preparation.
    However, when eleven players arrived to Dallas on Monday October 6, at that time I had only received partial itinerary information from the team manager with some insight on what was being done in Trinidad regarding the release of funds.
    Understanding the challenges the TTFA, I sent out a message on social media site Twitter asking for assistance.
    The response was overwhelming however in hindsight, the language used to appeal for assistance could have been better and was not meant to cause any embarrassment to the TTFA nor the Trinidad and Tobago public at large. If it did by any chance, I apologize in advance for any embarrassment caused.
    I am passionate about my players and in making Trinidad and Tobago proud, and like yourself, I understand the tremendous opportunity that lies before us.
    Thank you for all your efforts in light of a very difficult and challenging situation and would like to thank the people that came to our aid including the hundreds of donors, supporters,Ministry of Sport and Petrotrin.

  106. Nobody is responsible, therefore nobody is responsible for recognizing that nobody is responsible and altering the current arrangement in order to make people responsible, the result being nobody will ever be responsible.

    But rel people incharge doh!!!!

  107. Yeah, I for one am not giving the TTFA or it’s administrators a bligh.
    This line of thought ultimately leads to facilitating the denial of responsibility and that is too often the case in this country.

  108. “Tim Kee’s position was not created for the benefit of Tim Kee, it was created for the benefit of Trinidad and Tobago football, T&T football isn’t benefiting from Tim Kee’s position therefore Tim Kee must go. It’s as simple as that!” (Vernal Cadogan)

    That’s it right there, sister. And, Asante, (“As for Tim Kee I really really don’t like that man you know”) it has NOTHING AT ALL to do with not liking the man (which is your right); it’s all about wanting him to do the job he was elected to do. Sort of like the government.

  109. I’m hearing a this is acceptable tone and its not. Could no way ever be acceptable. That’s madness. And the world laughs at us because its madness.

  110. “For now, Waldrum wants to put the matter behind him and focus on preparing his team for the World Cup qualifiers.” Will Wired868 assist him in so doing? I sure hope so

    “Tim Kee said his administration’s behaviour was “unpardonable.” But he did not offer an apology for it; nor did he sanction any TTFA staff member and, in particular, his General Secretary for their roles in the farce.” Will Wired868 allow him to get away with so doing? I sure hope not.

  111. Come on Gerard Emile Zatopek Pinard how about the embarrassment of sending a national team to an international with $500?

  112. Coach did not embarrass TT….. TT embarrass TT…. the farcical prep to a major tournament for these women (and virtually all of the football teams) is the embarrassment… All We saw was the end result of what lack of prep does when it meets a person who is prepared…. and contrary to popular belief in Trinidad, most people in the US still doh know who or where Trinidad is…. so doh fool yuh self into thinking they embarrass TT… only people embarrassed in the US is the Trinis in the US who keep seeing idiots continue to have roles of power and position in Trinidad, make a total mess of things over and over via incompetence, and STILL continue to act like their shit doh stink….

  113. Haha they trying to be big man and say they forced him to apologize! Haha. What they would have fired him? No way! He’s volunteering. These people need prayer! It’s seems as though it’s coming to a place where behavior like this has become acceptable. Lord have mercy on my country

  114. TTFA needed to apologise not the Waldrum. Shame on them! I am 100% certain that this is not the first instance of the coach being frustrated by the ineptitude of the TTFA. He did what was necessary to be able to ensure the team got what they needed. Let’s dream big and hope TTFA has learnt something from this.

  115. We are all posting here pretending that we are not aware of the serious problems faced by our sportspersons in securing adequate resources for their development. Where are the billions allocated to the Ministry of Sport over the years? But yet we are quick to pounce on them when they succeed (despite the odds) and pluck them out of the line in the Arrival Hall in Piarco to jump on a motorcade throughout the islands. Ah lie?

  116. “Speaking at a hastily arranged press conference yesterday, Tim Kee stayed clear of pointing fingers at his executive or member of the team’s technical staff but noted that no amount of excuses, explanations could erase what happened on Wednesday.
    Tim Kee said it was a mad scramble for funds for the team.”

  117. All eyes will be on the Princesses this tournament. I know that this unfortunate experience has gained them much publicity and hundreds if not thousands of new supporters and fans. Everyone loves a come back story. GO PRINCESSES!

  118. Waldrun definitely brought great embarrassment to T&T by his chosen approach in dealing with the matter. Is there any doubt about that?

  119. Waldrum’s apologize though unnecessary shows who is the real professional. I take my hat off to Waldrum. It’s all about doing what’s right regardless of the implication or perceived negative consequences. The desired outcome on behalf of the T&T Soca Princesses’ well-being was achieved. I say again, if this coach was a T&T local he/she would have been ostracized, terminated and blacklisted, not only be the powers that be but by many Trinidadians.

  120. Let’s put ourselves in coach Waldrum’s shoes.
    Did he embarrass T&T or did the TTFA?

  121. {Randy Waldrum ✔ @CoachWaldrum
    I need HELP! T&T sent a team here last night with $500 total. No equipment such as balls,no transportation from airport to hotel, nothing.} This tweet is where we should start in identifying the cause of the international embarrassment. Was this the best way to resolve the situation? Could it have been handled differently and without bringing our nation further into disrepute?

  122. Does anyone even know what the TTFA’s response to this was?

  123. If he had done so Gerard it would be prudent to articulate that to a concerned public to reassure them something is being done.

  124. Holding someone accountable and doing so in public are two entirely different things. Tim Kee would have been very wrong to throw either the Coach or Phillips under the bus in order to save his own face – that is NOT leadership! Hopefully, what he has done is to properly investigate why the fiasco occurred, find out where anyone may have fallen short and taken steps to prevent a recurrence. Anything else is plain dotishness in my view.

  125. On Tuesday, when this story broke, the #1 News Programme calls Tim Kee and I’m shaking my head.

  126. If I f**k up at work, my superiors will not take the fall for me. My superiors will facilitate my removal in order to improve the performance of the institution.

  127. If Tim Kee “simply allow them to make fools of themselves when they realise they’e been asking the wrong person the right questions”, how will that help improve the TTFA?

    Isn’t the point of him being there to help improve the TTFA?

  128. In the 80s, when things went wrong in football, the person to ask questions was Jack Warner, because people knew he, as General Secretary of the TTFA, ran the body’s affairs.

    What has changed now?

  129. Well, the thing about media is that they love to focus where their biases lie. And are sloppy in their work as a result.
    PNM is an easy target. Yes, Tim Kee can direct them to Phillips, or he can simply allow them to make fools of themselves when they realise they’e been asking the wrong person the right questions.

  130. And how is it that no one in authority pointed a finger at Sheldon Phillips, Anthony, could it be that they are happy not to hold anyone accountable.

    Had I been Tim Kee and everyone was calling for my head over this, I would redirect them to Phillips right away.

  131. Disgraceful to say the least. Someone must be held accountable for this. Can you imagine US $500.00 to take care of the team! What an embarrassment to TT having to beg with all their grand charge!

  132. This would be akin to training our guns on Carmona for the Constitutional (Amendment) Bill, and the person who is responsible for its drawing and presentation in Parliament is…?

  133. Sheldon Phillips.
    And we’re focusing on Tim Kee.

  134. So Anthony who is responsible?

    That question is always hanging over the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, it is also never answered…………..in this country of thousands in authority, no one is ever responsible!

  135. Also – has Tim Kee’s record been so wonderful before this?

  136. We’ve trained our guns on Tim Kee simply because we know he holds a high post in the PNM. At NO POINT have we asked questions of Sheldon Phillips, General Secretary of the TTFA – who is responsible for the day-to-day running and overall control of the Association.

  137. Gerard, normally not on a single incident – but doesn’t the significance of the incident count as much as the frequency? In this case, embarassment on a scale which brings us international negative attention?

  138. It wasn’t just his performance Gerard, his response to the gaffe does not bode well for future performances.
    Did he take responsibility, how do we know that he learned anything from this mishap if he does not hold himself accountable?

    If no one did anything wrong, how will we improve?

  139. I don’t think it benefits Tim Kee. He’s in an unpaid, non-executive, non-administrative position.
    While we focus on Tim Kee (more or less because he holds a high post in the executive of a political party we love to hate and because he’s also the mayor of the capital city), we’re completely ignoring the actual executive and administration of the TTFA – who is ultimately responsible for this mess.
    This is like November 19, 1989. Was the stadium fiasco Oliver Camps’ fault as President? Or Jack Warner’s as General Secretary (and head of administration)?

  140. That is a a very simplistic approach though Vernal, don’t you agree? Does one really base an objective performance appraisal on a single incident or does it make more sense to assess ones overall performance against defined objectives – for the Head of an organisation, surely more weighty issues ought to be considered. I would certainly seriously consider the Coach’s chosen approach in dealing with the issue to be much more in question here.

  141. It benefits no one but Tim Kee to keep him there.

  142. I don’t think we should wait for a second or a third gaffe before he is removed, do it now.

  143. I really don’t agree that the issue is one that calls for the resignation of the President of the TTFA. Accountability, by all means, but let’s not get carried away.

    • Using Pinard’s logic President Nixon got carried away and therefore resigned for nothing ! This is proof positive why in T&T we had and have lots of Managers but no real Leaders – they occupy posts but are underachieving incompetents all. I cry for my beloved country !

  144. Nothing will change in TnT on the whole. It takes a BIG MAN to apologize for doing the right thing and a little boy will make you apologize while they continue to strut like a peacock and do nothing.

    • Joann, don’t despair; things will change in time. It just needs many more BIG MAN/WOMAN doing what is right across the whole spectrum of our society, regardless of personal consequences which may result. I hope to live long enough to see it happen !

  145. When will this end? This farce of an administration responsible for our athletes. They deserve so much better. This is maddening!

  146. Mediocrity is joke, the new national religion is ineptitude!

  147. We have this uncanny ability putting the wrong people to do certain jobs. Same thing over and over and over…jeeez

  148. I fully endorse Vernal Damion Cadogan sentiments. We accept too much mediocrity in this country.

  149. Tim Kee moving like a UNC, a major eff-up in the organization he heads, but it’s no one’s fault that things didn’t work.
    I’m sorry, but isn’t the whole point of having an organization is yo make things work?

  150. As a Trinidadian I congratulate and thank all who supported them.

  151. In the real world a job is something one does, in the virtual world of Trinidad a job is merely something one has!

  152. He’s the president of the TTFA Gerard, the buck stops with him.
    There was a major gaffe involving the TTFA this week, a gaffe that humiliated us internationally. Someone needs to be held accountable as it wad not an act of God but rather the result of human error/incompetence. If the person responsible cannot be found the head of the organization must go.

    You will forgive me for my notions of Freshwater Yankee standards and accountability, I’ve been away very long so I noticed that those standards work.

  153. Tim Kee should go. He ain’t do jack. Anywhere he was, is, will be. T&T loves an under performer.

  154. this is debacle merely underlines the fact that we are nothing more than 3rd world

  155. So when they sending the money and how much? And I dont know about the rest of Trindad and Tobago but I am not embarassed by Waldrum’s action.

  156. I see no reason for Waldron to have to apologise, he did nothing wrong in my opinion steupsss. As for Tim Kee I really really don’t like that man you know :/

  157. There is no two ways about it, Tim Kee needs yo step down from his position in the TTFA or be sacked before another fiasco of this nature.
    Tim Kee’s position was not created for the benefit of Tim Kee, it was created for the benefit of Trinidad and Tobago football, T&T football isn’t benefiting from Tim Kee’s position therefore Tim Kee must go. It’s as simple as that!

  158. Madness yes but I’m not surprised. So they let go Marlon Charles ……because they wanted “international appeal”, well all well, we sure got the international part down.

  159. Why does he have to apologise? Who brought us the embarassment?

  160. Somehow, I’m getting blasted fed-up of the lackadaisical attitude adopted by my fellow citizens, as Tim Kee should be hiding some where or under police protection for what he has done to our little princesses . This incompetent Mayor, should have already tendered his resignation forthwith from TTFF or the masses should placard and protest in-front of the TTFF office and also the Mayor’s office in P.O.S. until he “buss-it”. I hope we ain’t getting set up by the Rowely and the PNM after this brutal stint with PP. Remember he has imposed TimKee on the Burgess of P.O.S. The man is heartless, I’m wondering if he has children……..

  161. Wait Wait Wait you guys will stay there waiting Nothing has change i c