Trinidad and Tobago’s Pro League clubs are paid up and raring to go, according to chairman Richard Fakoory.
The local top flight competition kicks off on Friday evening with a double header at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva. San Juan Jabloteh tackle Point Fortin Civic from 6pm while Defence Force and Morvant Caledonia United battle from 8pm.
Eight Pro League clubs received TT$600,000 from the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs today, which represented a year’s subvention of TT$50,000 per month. The clubs that benefited were: North East Stars, Central FC, Club Sando, Morvant Caledonia United, W Connection, St Ann’s Rangers, Civic and Jabloteh.
Police FC and Defence Force are the only teams who were exempt from funding since they are already state-owned.
W Connection, which is owned by Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president David John-Williams, were the only team to receive funding despite being non-compliant. Connection official Renee John-Williams, who is the daughter of the football president, supposedly told the government that the club auditor was abroad, so they could not present their relevant audited financial statements.
Fakoory said the clubs are buzzing and look forward to the opening whistle.
“We are excited,” Fakoory told Wired868. “We are going to be playing two games a week going down the line but I think it is going to be a very competitive season this year.
“Most of the teams have been training for quite a while and they are ready to go. I have had my issues with Rangers but I think that is sorted and we will hold our own.”
Pro League fixtures
(Friday 10 August)
San Juan Jabloteh vs Point Fortin Civic, 6pm, Ato Boldon Stadium;
Defence Force vs Morvant Caledonia United, 8pm, Ato Boldon Stadium;
(Saturday 11 August)
North East Stars vs Central FC, 4pm, Larry Gomes Stadium;
(Sunday 12 August)
W Connection vs St Ann’s Rangers, 4pm, Ato Boldon Stadium;
Club Sando vs Police FC, 6pm, Ato Boldon Stadium.