It is expected that a number of concerns which were raised by some members of the board of directors of the T&T Football Association (TTFA) will be addressed today at a meeting called by its president David John-Williams at the Home of Football, Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva at 4 pm to faciliates Tobago's representative.
However, while it was reported that some members headed by the president of the T&T Super League (TTSL) Keith Look Loy raised concerns about the legality of the chairman of the technical committee Richard Quan Chan, who is also the Southern Football Association (SFA) representative on the said board, the meeting agenda does not reflect such.
Look Loy who also claimed in previous media reports that the forthcoming agenda will also seek to call for the immediate resignation of president John-Williams and vice president Ewing Davis, and the appointment and replacements of the duo together with calling for an election immediately, and to look into the TTFA finances.
It was also suggested that the TTFA general secretary Justin Latapy-George should sever ties with the organisation for his alleged role with regards to the resignation of former vice president Joanne Salazar on September 11.
However, a review of the agenda does not indicate that papers were circulated to call for the president and vice president's resignation, or that of the sport's general secretary.
When contacted a source close to the board agreed to speak to Guardian Media Sports on the condition of anonymity and said, "When I got the meeting notice from the general secretary I was shocked that the agenda did not include any supporting items following the threats I read in the print media over the last few days. The fact is, there are 12 members on the board of which three have no voting rights but they are allowed to participate in the meetings. The minutes of the board meeting on June 30, will show that six of nine members who can vote attended and Mr Richard Quan Chan was legally installed as the chairman of the technical committee. I was present but Mr Look Loy was not."
The source continued, "While an email was sent to the general secretary on September 14 asking for a meeting by Look Loy under article 35.1 of the constitution, and named the parties making the request - Jabari Williams (NFA), Joseph Taylor (Referees Association), Julia Baptiste (Pro League), Colin Partap (Centra FA), Sharon Warrick (Women's Football), and Look Loy, the request had no locus standi because three of the individuals who have been aligned to the request do not have voting rights and are not legally members of the board until the general council meet and gives its approval of the individuals.
"Again, the notes from the August 29 board meeting will reflect what I have just told you. Further, the reason why the August 29 meeting failed to take place was because, while seven persons were present only four were legal, while you needed five to constitute a meeting.
"Those who attended were Davis (VP), Taylor (TTFRA), Warrick (WoLF), Williams (NFA), Partap (Central FA), Baptiste (Pro League) and Look Loy (TTSL)."
In yesterday's Guardian, Baptiste stated in an article headlined - "I'm no rebel", that, "I was appointed by the board of the T&T Pro League to represent the League at the TTFA board. However, I have not been confirmed by the general membership which can only be done at the general meeting of the membership, and therefore I have no voting rights at present, based on the constitution."
The source pointed out that in the email of September 14 from Look Loy, three items were submitted for discussion - appointment of a technical staff to the women’s national team; status of the men’s Under-17 and U-20 teams; and refereeing issues previously tabled by TTFRA (T&T Football Referees' Association) - and despite the request not being legally binding, the president included them on the meeting's agenda.
The source said that during discussions after the August 29 meeting failed to get a quorum, it was then recognised that three individuals did not have voting rights and Look Loy suggested that the board called the annual general meeting (AGM) in November or December so that the individuals can be ratified. The source went on to point out that among the items that were listed on the agenda for the August 29 meeting was the organisation's financial accounts for 2017 and 2018.
The source said that with the urgency surrounding this country's participation at the upcoming Women’s CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying Tournament which takes place in the USA from October 4-17, it is expected that the members who voted via email for the appointment Shawn Cooper as coach will reconfirm their position. They were Davis, Tobago FA representative Anthony Moore, Quan Chan, Eastern FA representative Wayne Cunningham and the president.