“The TTFA will celebrate its 111th anniversary this year and looks ahead to the highly anticipated opening of the Home of Football and the Sports and Entertainment Centre projects…”
The following is a New Year’s message by Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president David John-Williams:
The TTFA would like to use this opportunity to extend our gratitude to you for your commitment, patience and support towards building, developing and promoting football in 2018. We now look forward to a fruitful and exciting 2019 year for Trinidad and Tobago Football.
The TTFA will celebrate its 111th anniversary this year and looks ahead to the highly anticipated opening of the Home of Football and the Sports and Entertainment Centre projects. Both projects were made possible through FIFA’s Forward Programme and the support of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago who provided the all-important lands to facilitate these projects.
There is a lot more football to look forward to in 2019, as our Men’s Senior Team is set to compete in a host of top class international friendlies in preparation for the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup in July. We also begin action in the top flight of the inaugural Concacaf’s Nations League in September, and also Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifying carded to begin later in the year.
Additionally, our NLCB Elite youth teams are also set for further development, as we position a number of friendly and competitive matches throughout 2019.
Together we can shape the future of our football and leave a legacy for the next generations. We met and overcame many obstacles in 2018 and together we will continue to surmount them in the years ahead.
We have no doubt made progress as an organization, demonstrating resilience that can only auger well for us going forward as we endeavour to create a self-sustainable Trinidad and Tobago Football Association.
We would once again like to acknowledge the efforts, patience and understanding of all our stakeholders from the players, coaches, match officials, administrators, referees, office staff, member associations, official partners as, well as our most loyal fans.
We extend a Happy New Year to all and best wishes to the Trinidad and Tobago football family in 2019.
The following response to John-Williams’ missive was sent to all football stakeholders by Trinidad and Tobago Football Referees Association (TTFRA) vice-president Osmond Downer:
To the president and all other members of the TTFA family,
Best wishes for the success in all your endeavours in 2019.
I note and appreciate the President’s New Year’s message for 2019 and his ambitions for the New Year.
I am disappointed though that the President did not take this opportunity to signify that he himself will resolve to abide with the resolution that was passed at the recently reconvened Annual General Meeting and to state in his message words to the effect that he himself will resolve to correct his grave fault of non-communication with the members of the Board on ALL matters relating to the Business of the Association, according to the dictates of the Constitution of the TTFA, and the resolution of the AGM.
The aforementioned motion reads: “Whereas at the General Meeting of June 13, 2018, a motion was passed that the President be complimented on his valiant efforts to improve the state of football in the country, with a special reference to the creation of the Home of Football, and that in the same motion, the President was censured for not properly communicating with the Board, as he should do in all matters, according to the Constitution.
“And seeing that at present, the President should be again complimented on his continuing efforts as fore-mentioned, but, because of his continuing inadequate non-communication on all matters concerning these football projects, that the president be strongly reminded of that decision of censure and be made aware that any repeat of such non-communication on the part of the president in the future will be treated as serious enough to engender a fulsome motion of no-confidence in the president.”
Yours in Football
Osmond O Downer