It is as if I was not aware of the many challenges which the great game of football has been affected by here in T&T.
Having had a period of 1954 to this present day will have brought to my mind, various levels of sport, football and cricket specifically.
Having said that, the desire to hear anything with reference to development in either of the sporting disciplines and maybe sport generally, has some interesting values of learning, or in some cases, relevant teaching principles of sports come to my mind regularly.
Because the competence of both major sports in the country was high quality, organisational sporting events were conducted by some of the finest sports administrators. Any historian can supply you with the names.
My anxiety to hear the remarks of the current administrators in their efforts to identify with a positive path forward is almost like reading sign language without any lesson on the subject.
A recent interview on television with the T&T football president David John-Williams produced one of the lessons which I was hoping to listen carefully and understand the direction which is taken to bring football up to the standard which had been attracting hundreds or thousands of fans to the available grounds to accommodate club competition.
To every statement made by the president, my recollection of yesteryear's glory days allowed me to relive the joy of the footballers and the fans, on and off the field.
The initial light towards the end of a long tunnel was the structure of some solid formulated clubs, whose main intention was to produce a high quality brand of the game which caught the eyes and ears of the population and literally urged the fans to spend almost every afternoon either walking, riding, or using any form of local transport possible to arrive at the venues to line the playing fields to be entertained.
As I listened to the discussion with the president I heard of the specific deals which would have improved the administrative offices and allowed the sport to become the owner of a national stadium and a hotel at its - Home of Football - at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.
The President shared with the national community the financial problems and challenges which are serious obstacles for the sport and how to address it. He did not forget to blame previous presidents and highlighted the reason for the new leader a dismal start in office, and bemoaning the current fact as to how much money and to whom they owed.
He made a quick jump to his achievements - the sports' ownership of the venue, administrative offices, and the soon to be opened hotel. Perhaps, this to him is progress to the great game, while very little was mentioned about player development and the process which would leave a path to the standard of football for which he may one day wish to enjoy.
He boasts of having 100% support for each decision which was tabled with his board members, many of which were being reported in the media ending in total chaos.
He gave an account of the financial indebtedness to the national coaches which left the public to believe that he was trying to “assist” them with small bits of payments at a time and outlined how much debt the sport had before he came into office in the seat of president.
May I say that I cannot recall him stating what his plans were to correct that financial problems of the which were always highlighted in the media before he accepted the job.
In amidst of some frivolous items for which he could not have given an explanation or information that could not be divulged, up came a “definitive comment” from him - "Professional football is here to stay."
I wish I had the space to challenge the comment because I have not seen any evidence to back up such a statement.
For example, how can players be transferring from one club to the next in the same league, and the same clubs cannot afford to pay players their monthly wages without going to the government to beg for assistance.
If that is the answer to "Professional football is here to stay" - then the existence of the Pro League, then we can prepare a definition of professionalism in the context of T&T football. That statement proves the extent of our administrators distance from the reality of what is before them.
Maybe another article will be worth offering an explanation.