Following T&T's 2-0 loss to Honduras in the Concacaf Nations League at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port-of-Spain on Thursday night at the team's chances of not progesiing out of the group stage the United TTFA stakeholders issues the following statement which is published in full.
UNITED TTFA STATEMENT
The statement reads, "United TTFA is alarmed at the home defeat of the Soca Warriors by Honduras last night, which condemned our senior men's national team to its longest ever run without a win since Trinidad and Tobago joined FIFA in 1962 - an unprecedented thirteen matches.
Moreover, the loss forces our team to the bottom of the CONCACAF Nations League group standings and virtually eliminates our country's chances of securing an automatic berth to either the World Cup or Gold Cup. Sadly, our team is headed into the second division of the CONCACAF Nations League.
Within the same week, Trinidad and Tobago's senior women's national team finished second to last in its Caribbean Olympic qualifying group and was eliminated from that CONCACAF tournament. Merely four years ago that team challenged Ecuador for a place in the Women's World Cup.
United TTFA sees the immediate ill fortune of these two national teams as emblematic of the ongoing collapse of TTFA's national teams' programme under the David John-Williams administration. Since coming to power in 2015, the David John-Williams has presided over the alarming destruction of Trinidad and Tobago's once unrivalled domination of Caribbean football, and the loss of its hard-won status as a member of CONCACAF's elite.
This catastrophic decline is evident in all of our national teams, irrespective of age group or gender. The absence of fans from national team matches is an increasingly desperate protest, even from loyal supporters, against our increasingly abysmal performance in the international arena.
United TTFA rejects the standard excuses being offered by the TTFA President and national team coaches in defence of their dismal record. Failure is now being camouflaged by talk of "development".
United TTFA believes the explanation for our dramatic fall from grace is that under David John-Williams the selection and contracting of national coaches have become increasingly arbitrary and non-transparent; the operation of national coaches and national teams has become untethered from any form of technical supervision and accountability; and the selection of players has become increasingly haphazard and narrow.
United TTFA also believes, however, that deliverance is on the horizon - the TTFA election of 24 November.
United TTFA has a vision, supported by a plan, for the restoration of Trinidad and Tobago's fortunes and status on the international stage. This will require time and investment but United TTFA pledges to achieve this worthy objective. We call on all football lovers, and all of Trinidad and Tobago, to be of stout heart. Deliverance is close to hand."
The statement was submitted on behalf of:
Anthony Harford (North Zone)
Keith Look Loy (Super League)
Sam Phillip (Football supporter)
Clynt Taylor (Central Zone)
William Wallace (Secondary Schools - SSFL)
Susan Warrick (Women's Football)