It’s a good thing that there were no mishaps when former Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president David John-Williams opened the controversial Home of Football in Couva last week.
The HOF, according to the new executive, is uninsured and lacks approval from necessary state authorities including the Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service.
The startling revelation was one of several things discovered by the new TTFA leadership, headed by president William Wallace, in their first day at the job on Monday.
On Monday 18 November, the TTFA held a gala opening ceremony for the HOF, which was attended by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and FIFA president Gianni Infantino and other dignitaries.
And, before that, the Home of Football hosted the Men’s National Senior Team before their friendly against Anguilla as well as the Women’s National Senior Teams of Trinidad and Tobago, St Kitts and Nevis, Dominican Republic, Antigua and Barbuda and Aruba.
But they had all been invited to a facility that, according to Wallace, was uninsured and uncertified by the local Fire Service.
On 4 November, Wired868 asked John-Williams whether the Home of Football was insured and certified by the Fire Service. John-Williams’ only response was: “You write whatever you want to write.”
The decision to close the HOF until it could be properly certified was one of several immediate steps taken by the incoming executive. The other decisions made today were:
- To stop transactions on all TTFA bank accounts, including online transactions
- To initiate an audit of the Association’s finances
- To issue a public invitation to all TTFA creditors to present their claim
- To introduce new security measures for protection of TTFA property
- To create an Advisory Committee
- To assign specific roles to the newly elected Vice Presidents: Clynt Taylor (Membership Affairs), Susan Joseph-Warrick (Women’s Football), Joseph Sam Phillip (Security)
Wallace and his vice-presidents spent eight hours in meetings at the TTFA’s head office, according to a release by the TTFA Media, during which they began the process of probing the local football body’s secretariat and finances. General secretary Camara David and finance manager Tyril Patrick were a part of those deliberations.
The Discussions focused on:
- Projected income and expenditure to December 31st 2019
- Current debt
- Audit of personnel employed by TTFA, including technical staff and contracts
- Ongoing legal matters
- Elite football—a new league and TTFA League of Champions
- CONCACAF NextPlay programme
- Standing Committees
The new TTFA leadership promised to keep the public abreast of its work.