The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) is attempting to step back from open conflict withe the US Embassy, after football president David John-Williams told the Newsday yesterday that Chargé d’Affaires Jim McIntyre told an “outright lie”—in his damning release about John-Williams’ integrity and capability.
McIntyre said John-Williams tried to mislead the public and had “cocoa in the sun”, after the TTFA president tried to blame the Embassy for failing to get visas for the Women’s National Under-15 Team to attend an ongoing Concacaf tournament in Florida.
“Why we have chosen to respond is because your failure to plan is [affecting] promising football (soccer) players from Trinidad and Tobago, who we would welcome playing in the USA,” said McIntyre. “[…] I will be blunt. Mr David John-Williams and the TTFA just flat out dropped the ball on the visa process.”
By then, Concacaf had already withdrawn its invitation to the TTFA for the Women’s Under-15 Championship.
John-Williams initially took a belligerent tone with the Chargé d’Affaires. However, via press release, the local football body attempted a more conciliatory tone today.[dfp-ad]
“We wish to state that a recent report in a local daily news publication, ascribed to the President of the TTFA, was taken out of context,” stated an unsigned TTFA release, “and more importantly, was not sanctioned by the TTFA.”
The TTFA will now seek an audience with the US Embassy.
“The TTFA has taken note of the recent statement issued by the Chargé d’Affaires of the US Embassy, Mr John McIntyre,” stated the TTFA. “With utmost respect for the sovereign authority of the Chargé d’Affaires—and based on the already agreed plan of action decided by the TTFA given the matter surrounding visa applications for our Girls Under-15 Team—the TTFA will be seeking an audience with the US Embassy through the Chargé d’Affaires.
“Notably, it remains our desire to maintain the cordial relationship we have developed with the US Embassy over these many years.”
Yesterday, TTFA board member Keith Look Loy called on John-Williams and his vice-presidents Ewing Davis and Joanne Salazar to resign and allow a caretaker body to run the local administration until the end of his term in November 2019.
Look Loy, who is also the Trinidad and Tobago Super League (TTSL) president and FC Santa Rosa club owner, said his call was based on the supposed financial mismanagement and lack of transparency by the TTFA president, as well as the deteriorating results of the national teams.
“Trinidad and Tobago and Trinidad and Tobago football cannot endure the continuance of the current state of affairs,” said Look Loy. “Once again, I now call on David John-Williams and his two officers to resign… I encourage the football loving public and all patriotic citizens to support this call.”
While the Trinidad and Tobago Women’s National Under-15 Team lost their chance to participate in an international tournament, the Boys Under-14 Team won their third straight outing in the Caribbean Challenge Series in Curaçao yesterday evening.
Dantaye Gilbert, Jaheim Marshall and Jaheim Faustin all got on the scorecard as Trinidad and Tobago beat Aruba 3-1.
The TTFA was forced to charter a plane to get the Under-14 Boys to Curaçao, after again booking late to travel during the school vacation. The team got to Willemstad with barely 14 hours before their opening match but it has not affected their form, as they rattled off three successive wins—albeit against unheralded regional competition.
The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) has taken note of the recent statement issued by the Chargé d’Affaires of the US Embassy, Mr John McIntyre.
With utmost respect for the sovereign authority of the Chargé d’Affaires, and based on the already agreed plan of action decided by the TTFA given the matter surrounding visa applications for our Girls Under-15 Team, the TTFA will be seeking an audience with the U.S. Embassy through the Chargé d’Affaires.
Notably, it remains our desire to maintain the cordial relationship we have developed with the US Embassy over these many years. A relationship that augurs well for the TTFA and all stakeholders of football.
Therefore, following an opportunity to meet and treat with this matter directly, with a designated official(s) of the US Embassy, the TTFA will be better positioned to treat with visa related affairs.
Additionally, we wish to state that a recent report in a local daily news publication, ascribed to the President of the TTFA, was taken out of context, and more importantly, was not sanctioned by the TTFA.