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Lasana Liburd

Lasana Liburd
Lasana Liburd is the managing director and chief editor at Wired868.com and a journalist with over 20 years experience at several Trinidad and Tobago and international publications including Play the Game, World Soccer, UK Guardian and the Trinidad Express.

Oops! Hadad blunder appears to rule TTFA EGM on Fifa court case as illegal

Normalisation committee chairman Robert Hadad appears to have erred in his announcement of an extraordinary general meeting on 15 September, which was called to address possible Fifa sanctions against the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA)—due to an ongoing legal case by the TTFA’s elected officers. Fifa gave TTFA president …

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Young explains ‘liberalised exemption policy’ for returning nationals; MoH reveals 102 more positives and additional death

Minister of National Security Stuart Young said today that the government is ready to roll out its ‘liberalised exemption policy’, to allow nationals ‘stranded’ abroad to return home. Thus far, the government has offered travel exemptions for 3,563 persons, while there are still another 2,500-odd requests to return—with 1,702 applications …

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TTFA members call EGM to ‘withdraw’ Fifa case; Look Loy vows to boycott ‘illegal event’

Fifa-appointed normalisation committee chairman Robert Hadad has scheduled an extraordinary general meeting on 15 September for the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association’s (TTFA) 47 member delegates, in the first significant response by local stakeholders to the impasse between the TTFA’s elected officers and Fifa. Fifa secretary general Fatma Samoura vowed, …

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Sport minister vows to ditch TTFA if Fifa acts, Wired868 examines fall-out as Wallace misses key meeting

The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) traditionally depends on funding from two main sources to carry out its operations: international governing body, Fifa, and the Ministry of Sport—via the Sports Company of Trinidad and Tobago (SporTT). Besieged TTFA president William Wallace could potentially lose both patrons with just one …

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Hadad claims SporTT and not TTFA locked-out coaches; coaches set record straight

Fifa-appointed normalisation committee chairman Robert Hadad tried to pass the blame for the recent temporary lock-out of Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) coaches, with a release that was immediately rebutted by three national coaches. On Tuesday morning, security at the Ato Boldon Stadium locked the gates and stopped coaches …

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Fifa tells ‘new’ TTFA to inform ‘former’ TTFA of deadline to drop court case, in bizarre letter

Fifa secretary general Fatma Samoura has asked ‘new’ Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) boss Robert Hadad—the head of its normalisation committee in the twin island republic—to tell ‘former’ TTFA president William Wallace to ignore the order of High Court Judge Carol Gobin and move its dispute with Fifa to …

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‘Total disrespect!’ Coaches locked out of stadium, while trying to deliver letters to Hadad

The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) head office at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva went into lockdown mode this morning but it was not as a safety measure against Covid-19. Normalisation committee chairman Robert Hadad’s staff was not trying to keep the novel coronavirus at bay—just the country’s …

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Look Loy: ‘Hadad is doing absolutely nothing!’ Fifa blamed for hurting T&T’s W/Cup dreams

The biggest threat to the Soca Warriors’ dream of qualifying for the Qatar 2022 Fifa World Cup, according to Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) technical committee chairman Keith Look Loy and general secretary Ramesh Ramdhan, is not the ongoing legal tussle between the local football body and Fifa. It …

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‘Who’s looking after players?!’ Hyland and Bateau on owed monies, Qatar 2022 and United TTFA/Fifa

Soca Warriors captain Khaleem Hyland and veteran defender Sheldon Bateau are urging stakeholders to remember the young men and women who play the game, as they pointed to the desperate financial state of many local-based players at present. Former Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president David John-Williams left office …

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