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.
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.
“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.