AN African proverb warns that when elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers. Former T&T footballer Kerry Baptiste shares a similar sentiment as he fears local-based players would bear the brunt of the damage in the ongoing battle between the T&T Football Association (TTFA) and the FIFA normalisation committee.
There is now a collective call by representatives of four out of the six regional associations - Southern FA (SFA), Eastern FA (EFA), Central FA (CFA) and the Eastern Counties Football Union - for the ousted T&T Football Association (TTFA) executive to face the penalty for the country if it is to be banned for violation of the FIFA Statutes.
“Is the moral victory that they are seemingly seeking worth taking Trinidad and Tobago football down this path?” asks former Trinidad and Tobago sports minister Brent Sancho. “I am not here to dispute whether FIFA (is) wrong or right. I'm here to ask a question.”
In the current worrying dispute between the elected body of the T&T Football Association (TTFA), better known as United TTFA, and FIFA, a new twist threatens to plunge our football into unfathomable depths.
No matter how it all ends, you have to give William Wallace his pips.
I became extremely elated on reading that the Movement for Social Justice (MSJ) was fully supportive of the position of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) in its imbrogolio with FIFA.
"What's the sense of fighting against FIFA when it leads to one outcome, a ban for the country's football from all competitions,” several of this country's top coaches have asked.
THE EDITOR: I have great respect for Arthur Suite’s views on matters of football as he has been in the trenches and has contributed immensely to the game in T&T, and clearly is someone who is interested primarily in the development of the game here.
The ousted T&T Football Association (TTFA) team of William Wallace, Clynt Taylor, Joseph Sam Phillip, Susan Joseph-Warrick, Anthony Harford and Keith Look Loy has taken its fight against the FIFA, football's governing body, to the High Court of T&T.