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TTFA finally pays Women Warriors and offers $3,200 “gratuity”

The Trinidad and Tobago national senior women’s team football members were finally paid for their FIFA Play Off second leg outing as the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation (TTFA) got its cheque book for the “Women Soca Warriors.”

Trinidad and Tobago captain Maylee Attin-Johnson and star attacker Kennya “Yaya” Cordner expressed their frustrations with the delay in their payment, which came more than two weeks after the final World Cup qualifier against Ecuador on December 2. Cordner also told Wired868 that she was uncertain what happens next for the women with no talk about upcoming games or confirmation of their technical staff.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago players Lauryn Hutchinson (right), Rhea Belgrave (centre) and Kennya Cordner celebrate against Costa Rica during the CONCACAF Championships. (Courtesy CONCACAF)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago players Lauryn Hutchinson (right), Rhea Belgrave (centre) and Kennya Cordner celebrate against Costa Rica during the CONCACAF Championships.
(Courtesy CONCACAF)

The TTFA responded today by paying the women’s TT$3,200 match fee and TT$4,880 per diems. And there was also an additional TT$3,200 payment, which the football body described as a “gratuitity.”

The TTFA, via press release, also offered the media a breakdown of every dollar spent on the Women Warriors, which added up to $32,000 each for the two-year campaign that intensified in July. The football body further inflated that figure by including the Ministry of Sport’s $50,000 bonus to the women for a total of $82,000 per player.

Not for the first time, TTFA president Raymond Tim Kee suggested that the government bonus was actually a result of its instigations. It was a claim that was rebuffed by the 2006 “Soca Warriors”, six months ago, when Phillips claimed the football body had initiated talks which led to their multi-million dollar government pay-out.

Still, team manager Vernetta Flanders expressed gratitude for the football body’s assistance.

“It’s been a long campaign for everyone on the team including players and staff and we wish to say thank you to the TTFA and those who ensured the players in particular were able to receive their payments before the holiday period,” Flanders told the TTFA Media. “The experience has been one of a lifetime for everyone in the team and again we appreciate the efforts of the association.”

And veteran attacker Tasha St Louis, via the TTFA Media, thanked the administrators for a maiden match fee for the women’s players.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago attacker Tasha St Louis (right) controls the ball away from Costa Rica midfielder Katherine Alvarado during the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship semifinals in Chester, Pennsylvania. (Copyright Mitchell Leff/AFP 2014)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago attacker Tasha St Louis (right) controls the ball away from Costa Rica midfielder Katherine Alvarado during the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship semifinals in Chester, Pennsylvania.
(Copyright Mitchell Leff/AFP 2014)

“The FA came through for us,” said St Louis, “and we received more resources and payment over the last three months than we have received since over the ten years or more that I’ve been a part of the program.”

Tim Kee also suggested that former women’s coach Randy Waldrum has submitted a plan for 2015 which includes proposed training matches in “early 2015” and preparations for the Pan American Games in Canada next August.

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17 comments

  1. You ladies really deserve more than that.

  2. Hope they really got their money…..not like the PR stunt for the men national team, who supposedly were paid 10 million. ..when the truth and fact is they were paid less than 30% to date!!!

  3. Are any taxes going to be paid by these footballers (male or female)? Sancho and others made millions and paid no taxes. Hmmm!!

  4. Did they “pad” the bill because it was the female warriors?

  5. Did you mean paid bill instead of pad bills?

  6. Blah! Blah! Blah! So Tim Kee and Phillips pumping their chests because Kamla pumping money left right and centre except by us who catching our asses to make two ends meet. Ah forget, we gat ah reduction in flour,rice and oil til the 22nd. Bless you Kamlaclaus. On another note i’m very,very happy for the Women Soca Warriors they deserve that and a lot more like new leadership in the TTFA so they wouldn’t have to go through this SHIT ever again and we can finally get a good program going with persons who really understand the game and put Football and not themselves as the priority.

  7. I think the women’s story is definitely split between pre-tweet and post-tweet.

  8. well deserved , ladies happy for you all . spend wisely though

  9. Thanks to their coach for going on Twitter or else the story would have been very different. Best wishes to the team and now that they have reaped their just rewards they can enjoy the holiday season with their families and friends.

  10. Not to the national under20 team apparently

  11. Thank God that it was the Season of Giving, as these International Ambassadors definitely deserve it…#WeAreSocaWarriors!!!

  12. And bonus too! Is that now going to justify their own bonuses?

  13. So where does the rest of the money from the game go?

  14. TTFF padded the bill? Seriously, this BS treatment of our players is the exact reason why I never furthered a career in rugby. Total waste of time.