Maverick TTPFL owner, Michael De Four, passes away in San F’do

Trinidad and Tobago Premier Football League (TTPFL) club owner Michael De Four passed away at the Intensive Care Unit of the San Fernando General Hospital, where he was warded for the past few days.

Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president Kieron Edwards confirmed De Four’s death via a press statement.

Late Eagles FC president and head coach Michael De Four.

De Four was the president and head coach of TTPFL Tier One team, Eagles FC, which was previously named Cunupia FC. There was no information on the cause or time of death, although the local football body stated that it was informed of his passing today.

“This is an extremely sad day for the local football fraternity,” said Edwards. “[De Four] touched the lives of many with his leadership, wisdom, passion and unwavering commitment to the game and his club. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family, friends, and the entire Eagles community during this difficult time.

“His guidance would have helped shape not only better footballers but also better individuals. He was more than a coach—he was a mentor and a friend to many.

“His absence will be profoundly felt by everyone who had the privilege of knowing him. Coach De Four’s legacy will continue to live on in the hearts of all who knew him. May he rest in peace.”

Cunupia FC director and coach Michael De Four.
Photo: Allan V Crane/ Wired868

De Four led Eagles to 10th place in the 11-team 2023 TTPFL Tier One standings. However, before the pandemic, his then Cunupia FC outfit were arguably most renowned for unleashing the evergreen Kevon “Showtime” Woodley upfront.

Off the field, De Four was an active political figure within the local game.

He unsuccessfully contested the post of Trinidad and Tobago Super League first vice-president on 15 March 2023, on a slate headed by Edwards—the current TTFA president.

Although, two months earlier, De Four led an uprising against TTSL president Lee Davis which saw the latter resign his post and prompted the subsequent elections.

Then Cunupia FC coach Michael De Four (left) talks to the media during their march against Covid-19 restrictions in sport on 11 November 2021.
Minister of Sport Shamfa Cudjoe countered that the majority of Pro League clubs, including Cunupia, were unable to say how many of their players are vaccinated.

In October 2020, De Four also made a TT$4.5 mil High Court claim against the then William Wallace-led TTFA, after the two-island republic’s suspension by Fifa. He subsequently withdrew his suit.

He also led a coaches protest against Covid-19 restrictions in sport, during the height of the pandemic.

De Four held a master’s degree in business administration from Southern Pacific University and a UWI/FIFA/CIES post-graduate diploma in sports management.

Eagles FC president and head coach Michael De Four (right) receives his sports management diploma from Fifa/Cies International University Network manager Ronald Chavillon.
Photo: UWI

In roughly a decade and a half, he established himself as a figure to be reckoned with in the top tiers of Trinidad and Tobago’s senior domestic football game—both on and off the field.

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