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Clayton Morris: Congrats to the new TTSL board; it was an honour to serve

“[…] The past eight months have been a learning experience for me which I am happy to have teamed up with patriots who want the very best for their respective clubs, the TTSL and Trinidad and Tobago’s football…”

The following statement was submitted to Wired868 by former Trinidad and Tobago Super League president Clayton Morris, who did not stand for re-election and was replaced by Lee Davis on Sunday 19 September 2021:

Photo: Prison Services superintendent Lee Davis was elected TTSL president on 19 September 2021.

Congratulations to the new TTSL board!

‘Miracles are a re-telling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see…’

Upon receiving the blessings at the last TTSL elections, my intention was to serve rather than dominate and move towards humility rather than prominence because I felt:

‘Life to me is no brief candle; it’s a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.’

I am truly blessed and thankful to God for the opportunity to have served on the TTSL board as president for the past eight months.

I am much wiser and richer now administratively, mainly because of fellow board members who gave their fullest support along the way.

Photo: Former Trinidad and Tobago Hall of Fame defender and Strike Squad captain Clayton Morris was elected TTSL president on 6 December 2020.

In my inaugural meeting with the board, I requested from them that whatever we do, let’s include love. You don’t have to like me as an individual or each other but let us put love into whatever responsibilities we are entrusted with and demonstrate the trust our membership placed upon us to take charge of its business.

The past eight months have been a learning experience for me which I am happy to have teamed up with patriots who want the very best for their respective clubs, the TTSL and Trinidad and Tobago’s football.

I have been fortunate to spend eight months as a player with the Charlotte Eagles Soccer Club, competing in United States’ Inter-regional Soccer League. This league basically was to give way to the Major League Soccer (MLS). 

It was a very tough eight months as I had never stayed away from home that long other than when I was representing the national team—the longest time away on tour was 21 days.

The greatest satisfaction for me now is every time I read, hear or look at the MLS on TV, I feel a sense of connectivity and pride because I contributed in some small way towards the success it is now experiencing.

Photo: Former Strike Squad captain Clayton Morris (number 2) lunges into a tackle during international action.
(Copyright TT Football History)

I am hoping these similar feelings can be felt about the Trinidad and Tobago Super League in the future.

Thanks and appreciation to Mr Osmond Downer for your continued constitutional advice, input, etc. May God continue to bless you with great health as you share your expertise for the betterment and improvement of our football. 

Thanks to the media. This is ab reminder that your role is very important and critical towards bringing integrity, transparency, accountability and honesty back to the love we once had in football (love is the answer).

Thanks to the entire membership for the effort in fulfilling your administrative duties (not all on time) and for the effort to do the correct thing.

Thanks to fellow board members, first vice-president Jameson Rigues, second vice-president Eddison Dean, and board members George Joseph, Colin Murray, Anderson Veronique and League secretary Peter Thomas.

Photo: QPCC defender Yohance Marshall (right) goes on a run while Guaya United midfielder Kion Joseph tries to keep up during TTSL action in Guayaguayare on 5 August 2018.
(Copyright Annalicia Caruth/Wired868)

I bloom where I am planted. I came into office in a good time, my predecessor laid a very good foundation and I had good team support from the board and membership.

Good teams need good leaders. Mercy, peace and love be with all of you.

I thank you.

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