A freeze on the T&T Football Association's bank account, caused by a court garnishee has been lifted, Guardian Media Sports has been told.
This means the proposed start of the new T-League, which will feature a Tier 1 and 2 competitions, will be expedited.
A high-ranking official of the football association confirmed yesterday that final payment of over $300,000 was paid earlier this week to complete an overall payment of over $500,000 to the T&T Futsal team which dragged the David John-Williams-led TTFA to court for unpaid wages, per diem, refreshment and other expenses.
However, Clayton Morris, the Futsal coach said he nor his attorneys were informed about the payment up to yesterday.
The TTFA official who spoke under condition of anonymity, was reluctant to confirm the payment made, for fear that someone else being owed by the embattled football association, will grasp at the opportunity at another garnishee order.
Following the order in April, the court seized $270, 871.33 and since then, the TTFA has been unable to pay salaries to its office staff and other members of the T&T Under-17 team staff and players who contested the recent CONCACAF U-17 Championship, which was also a FIFA World Cup Qualifier in the United States earlier this month.
Guardian Media Sports was also informed that some staff members from the under-15 team were also paid. The TTFA has been indebted to a number of people, including its technical director Anton Corneal.
The Futsal players who are set to benefit from the payment are - Kevin Graham, Adrian Pirthysingh, captain Jerwyn Balthazar, Colin Joseph, Kerry Joseph, Jameel Neptune, Ishmael Daniel, Anthony Small, Kevaughn Connell, Keston Guy, Kareem Perry, Jamel Lewis, Noel Williams, Bevon Bass and Cyrano Glen, the younger brother of former TT striker Cornell Glen.
Contacted yesterday Brent Sancho, a member of the T-League commission expressed satisfaction with the development. He said he was happy to have heard this, since many of their challenges hinged on the inability of the FIFA, through the FIFA Forward Project and the Sport Company of T&T to deposit monies into the TTFA account for the purpose of starting the league.
"The reality is that we couldn't have done anything with no money. We had a press conference on Tuesday to give an update on the T- League but we couldn't have given a starting date or a budget for the tournament until we received the money."
He noted, "Now I can assure you that a lot more info will be forthcoming." The commission, being led by businessman Lyndsay Gillette, is expected to hold another press conference soon to provide the information he could not provide to the media Tuesday.
Sancho said his commission has also gone full speed ahead to appoint key officials for the management of the T-League, such as a marketing and promotional, a licensing and a competitions and tournament's official.
According to Sancho interviews for these positions began on Monday and will continue today. He is predicting top quality competition in the two tiers, revealing that they are expecting Jamaican Sports Network Sportsmax and FLOW to be on board when it starts.