Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president Raymond Tim Kee’s re-election campaign was dealt another humiliating blow last night as six Executive Committee members, including all three vice-presidents Lennox Watson, Rudolph Thomas and Krishna Kuairsingh, declared, via a press release, that they had “unanimously lost confidence in the president, Mr Raymond Tim Kee.”
Wired868 was reliably informed that the TTFA Executive Committee will not follow up their declaration with a motion to remove Tim Kee through an extraordinary general meeting.
This is because there is a 30 day deadline before an extraordinary general meeting can be called, under the new constitution, which falls after the November 29 TTFA elections.
So, it is TTFA’s stakeholders who will decide Tim Kee’s fate with the ballot. Tim Kee is being challenged for his post by Veteran Footballers Association vice-president Selby Browne, W Connection president David John-Williams, ex-FIFA World Cup referee Ramesh Ramdhan and local Referees Association vice-president Clynt Taylor.
In the interim, Tim Kee, who is also the Port of Spain Mayor and PNM Treasurer, may find little comfort in Trinidad and Tobago’s 2-1 World Cup qualifying win over Guatemala last night or the Senior Women Team’s 6-0 Olympic qualifying rout of St Lucia, as his competence and perceived lack of transparency again become subjects of open debate.
Among the TTFA ExCo’s grievances with the football president are his alleged decision to pay his son, Kareem Tim Kee, US$15,000 to build the TTFA’s website as revealed in the Sunshine Newspaper, his supposedly unconstitutional sacking of former general secretary Sheldon Phillips, his failure to ensure the functioning of several committees including the Finance and Marketing Committee and his inability to provide financial statements throughout his tenure and communicate with stakeholders with regards to the body’s pressing debts.
The following is the full press statement from the TTFA Executive Committee:
Football administration in Trinidad and Tobago has reached its lowest through three years of presidential incompetence and lack of consultation with Executive Committee members and/or the Emergency Committee of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association on critical issues.
As a result of this critical and dire state of the administration of football in Trinidad and Tobago, we—members of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association—have unanimously lost confidence in the president, Mr Raymond Tim Kee.
Among our major concerns are the following:
- Alleged payment to the President’s son for providing a TTFA website without consultation and agreement of the Executive Committee and/or the Emergency Committee;
- Illegal and unconstitutional dismissal of the General Secretary of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association;
- The taking of unilateral decisions with regards to matters pertinent to the TTFA and in such circumstances, failure of the President to convene one single meeting of the Emergency Committee, of which he is the chairman, to address such matter;
- Failure of the President to convene one single meeting of the Finance and Marketing Committee and/or the Fundraising Committee of the TTFA;
- Failure of the President to ensure audited financial statements for the last three years taking into consideration possible strategies to do so, as advised by Mr Robert Reis of KPMG;
- Failure of the President to ensure a strategic plan for the development of football in Trinidad and Tobago over a 10 year period is produced;
- Not providing relevant, timely and appropriate financial statements over the last three years leading to uncertainty surrounding the indebtedness of the association, to the extent that the association may be bankrupt;
- Under president Tim Kee, the Standing Committees system has failed to function;
- Not addressing in a timely manner, the threat by FIFA to institute disciplinary charges against the TTFA for failure to adhere to FIFA mandate to pay former National Women’s coach Even Pellerud.