For the second time in two weeks, the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) failed to reach a quorum for its extraordinary general meeting at Naparima College, San Fernando, which was meant to authorise its financial report so it could be forwarded to FIFA.
It means the TTFA will now hold a second meeting in 14 days and, this time, the football body will be allowed to make decisions—outside of a constitutional amendment or change to its board of directors—even if a quorum is not reached.
The local football body initially scheduled this meeting on Saturday 15 July but failed to give sufficient notice to its delegates, which rendered the assembly as illegitimate. Only 23 of 49 TTFA delegates showed up then, which was two short of the 25 needed for a quorum.
This time, TTFA general secretary Azaad Khan did his duties efficiently as delegates were properly informed of the extraordinary general meeting. The response was an even smaller turnout, as just 14 delegates showed up at Naparima College.
Wired868 was informed that just three from 10 Pro League clubs and two from eight National Super League teams turned up. Among the other absentees were representatives from Northern, Eastern Counties and Tobago FAs while the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL), Futsal, Beach Soccer and TTYSO bodies stayed away.
“This sends a clear picture of who is the true cause of the problem,” said one disappointed official, who attended the aborted meeting and spoke on condition of anonymity. “Our financials is a very important matter and you want to know, you want to hear, you want to contribute [on something like this]…
“We need to look at some sort of rigid criteria to ensure that we have the right type of representation and people who have the vision for football. If these people are not interested, why don’t they step aside and let someone else with an understanding of the business of football get a chance?”
The delegates who did turn up included representatives from Morvant Caledonia United, FC Santa Rosa, Veteran Footballers Association, Referees Association and the Eastern Central and Southern FAs.