The United TTFA, being led by William Wallace, views the new T&T Football Association's League of Champions tournament as a mere political gimmick.
The tournament was launched on Monday morning, mere hours before president David John-Williams revealed that financial commitment purported to have been given by the Junior Sammy Group of Companies to the United TTFA group, was a fake.
Yesterday the United TTFA, in its third release in less than a week, said the League of Champions was a move to create an impression that the John-Williams administration was doing something for local club football.
on Wednesday the United TTFA said that the League was also designed to undermine the T&T Super League, as the general policy of United TTFA is to promote football in T&T, and within that, to foster the development of club football.
Wallace, who heads the slate alongside his vice presidents- Clynt Taylor (CFA), Sam Phillips and Susan Joseph-Warrick, said "United TTFA condemns the use of our club football as a mere tool in the political arsenal of the David John-Williams administration, and as cheap gimmicky ahead of the 24 November TTFA annual general meeting (AGM) for the election of officers.
United TTFA promises the TTFA electorate and the people of T&T that it will adopt the necessary measures to establish a proper elite league in 2020, the groundwork for which has already been laid."
They noted the group drew its conclusion based on (1): A proposal for the formation of the league has not been submitted for approval to the TTFA Board of Directors, 2:The clear absence of objective criteria in the selection of the league's membership. Specifically, we point to a) the fact that of the fourteen proposed members only three are 2018 champions (of CFA, SFA and NFA), b) the inclusion of two clubs that have not participated in regional or any other TTFA-affiliated football since 2017, and c) the inclusion of several clubs that have been legitimately suspended by the TT Super League.
3. United TTFA also notes: a) TTFA website information on this league includes a "National Under-20 team", which is a clear hoax as the TTFA Board of Directors has not authorized the formation of, nor appointed a staff to, any such national team to participate in this league, and b) TTFA website information also includes reference to two TT Super League clubs - Prisons FC and Petit Valley/Diego Martin United FC - which are not participating in this so-called TTFA League of Champions, while fixtures include the former:
4. The David John-Williams administration has not met with the TTFA Referee Committee to discuss and organize match officials for this league. This is disrespectful and unprofessional.
5. United TTFA is alarmed at the fact that the David John-Williams administration is prepared to spend approximately one million dollars (TTD 1M) on a pick up league when it consistently maintained it did not have funding for the proposed T-League that was agreed to under a Memorandum of Agreement signed by TTFA, the TT Pro League and the TTF Super League. United TTFA calls for disclosure of the source of funding for this league.
SOURCE: T&T Guardian
League of Champions no election gimmick.
By Jelani Beckles (Newsday).
United TTFA questions timing of new league but DJW says,
IT continues to be a war of words between the president of the TT Football Association (TTFA) David John-Williams and the United TTFA leading up to the TTFA elections on November 24.
A press conference was held, on Monday, to announce that the newly formed TTFA League of Champions tournament will be played from Sunday to April 12.
Defence Force, Police, Matura ReUnited, Guaya United, Miscellaneous Laventille United, Moruga FC, Harlem Strikers, Central Soccer World and Marabella Family Crisis Centre and the Tobago-based pair of Youth Stars United and Tobago Phoenix are among the participating teams.
A press release issued yesterday by The United TTFA questioned the timing of the new league as it comes less than three weeks before elections.
“The general policy of United TTFA is to promote football in TT, and within that to foster the development of club football. Nonetheless, United TTFA holds the view that the new league to be launched by the David John-Williams administration on 10 November – the so-called TTFA League of Champions – is a political gimmick intended to create the impression that TTFA is doing something for local club football and to undermine the TT Super League.”
The release added that it has based this conclusion on a number of factors including the TTFA not meeting with the TTFA Referee Committee to discuss and organise match officials for this league. According to the United TTFA this is disrespectful and unprofessional. The United TTFA is also questioning the FA’s source of funding to start the league after continuously complaining about a shortage of funds.
United TTFA promised the TTFA electorate and the people of TT that it will adopt the necessary measures to establish a proper elite league in 2020.
In response to the release by United TTFA, John-Williams told Newsday the TTFA tried to unify football in TT months ago by creating a two-tier league involving Pro League teams in the first tier and Super League teams in the second tier.
The teams in the second tier would have tried to earn promotion to the second tier, but that proposal was blanked by the TT Super League. The president of the TT Super League is Keith Look Loy, who is part of the United TTFA.
John-Williams said the TTFA League of Champions tournament is for the interest of football and not about politics.
“The TTFA is responsible for football in this country and it is not a political gimmick because if it was a political gimmick it would have been teams who (were) involved with delegates would have playing in the league. None of those clubs could vote.”
John-Williams, the president of local club W Connection said he knows the value of club football. “The football is the football and the politics is the politics. I am a person who grew up in the football, I did not grow up in the politics. I was accustom running my club in a particular way and you never hear my club being political. For some reason, people felt I was important to run the football affairs of this country and I do it as a national service. I know about players, I know about running a club, I know how players feel, I know the importance of club football. That is another attempt to distract what is right.”