FA TROPHY winners North East Stars believe they have done nothing wrong which will prevent them hanging onto the 2015 title they won on Sunday. “I don’t see that North East Stars have done anything wrong,” stated Stars owner Darryl Mahabir.
On Sunday, Sangre Grande-based Stars won a controversial FA Trophy final 5-4 on kicks from the penalty mark at Ato Boldon Stadium. However, on Tuesday, W Connection president David John-Williams lodged an official protest over Stars’ use of former Malabar FC striker Gorean Highley in the final.
Prior to that game, Connection raised the issue of Highley being ineligible to play, having been registered outside the transfer window. John-Williams contends that the terms of Highley’s registration in the Pro League allows the player to only play in the Reserve League for the rest of the season.
Further, he accused the TTFA of ignoring international rules governing the transfer and registration of players. Next Tuesday, the Disciplinary Committee of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) , chaired by Newton George, will meet on the matter.
However, Mahabir said that Stars were willing to abide by the decision of the Disciplinary Committee.
“If he (John-Williams) is right, he is right. If he is wrong, he is wrong,” Mahabir stated.
Further, Mahabir said that Stars are not troubled by the Disciplinary Committee’s hearing and are instead focussing on having a good season. The Sangre Grande side are currently third in the Pro League, have won the FA Trophy and are hoping to win at least one of the two remaining knockout competitions to be contested this season.
“We (Stars) have been very consistent under the management of Angus Eve and we are on course to have another good season,” Mahabir said. “We have conceded the least goals in the Pro League over the past few seasons. We need to improve the attacking aspects, and again I think we are going to finish very strong.”