Trinidad and Tobago Football Association president William Wallace has accepted the resignation of general secretary Camara David. David has resigned effective November 30.
However, Osmond Downer, one of the architects of the T&T Football Association’s (TTFA) constitution, says there is currently no TTFA board and only this body can make truly binding decisions. This is because the members did not undertake the process to appoint a full board during Sunday’s AGM.
Downer made the comment yesterday as he sought to clarify what decision-making powers the newly-elected officers of the TTFA under William Wallace now possess.
Downer, a former FIFA and TTFA referee instructor, was responding to claims by Wallace that the TTFA met on Monday and his executive had taken several decisions, among which were to immediately stop transactions on all TTFA bank accounts, including online transactions; initiate an audit of the association’s finances and close the Home of Football until the necessary State authority approvals and property insurance have been secured.
Asked by Guardian Media Sports yesterday if the newly-elected officers could make such decisions on behalf of the TTFA, Downer said, “According to the constitution, only the board can make decisions between meetings. The board comprises the officers and representatives from members associations. The constitution has nothing called an executive that can make decisions between board meetings.
“The officers are part of the board that makes the decision. The officers cannot make constitutionally legal decisions unless they are part of the board.”
Downer said at Sunday’s annual general meeting (AGM), only two other board members apart from the four elected officers were offered and inducted, which means there are only six board members for this new term of office. As a result of this, he said a board meeting cannot be convened until the board gets a quorum of at least nine members. Until the other member zones and associations appoint their representatives under article 34 (9), Section (2) of the constitution and submit their representatives to the TTFA general secretary, Downer said the board cannot convene.
So far, the new TTFA board comprises newly-elected president Wallace, vice presidents Clynt Taylor, Susan Joseph-Warrick and Joseph Sam Phillip, together with the Southern Football Association’s Richard Quan Chan and Joseph Taylor of the T&T Football Referees Association.
Board members from the Central Football Association, Eastern Football Association, Northern Football Association, Tobago Football Association, Eastern Counties Football Association, TT Pro League, T&T Super League, Veteran Footballers Foundation of T&T (VFFOTT) and the Women’s League of Football are yet to be proposed and inducted, Guardian Media was told.
It has been reported that the TTFA has called a board meeting for next Tuesday but Downer said such a meeting can only happen if there is a quorum of newly-appointed representatives, since the life of the last board, which was appointed in 2015, expired during the AGM on Sunday (November 24).
Downer explained, “The board has a life of four years. At Sunday’s meeting, the meeting was to elect the president and three vice presidents and the members were supposed to submit their board member candidates to be inducted at that meeting and that did not happen, although the membership was given 40 days notice to do so. So now, each member has to convene a general meeting to elect their board candidates and submit the names to the TTFA so that the board can be convened.”
Meanwhile, a release from the TTFA yesterday said Wallace and his team of vice presidents, Taylor, Joseph-Warrick and Phillip met with senior men’s manager Richard Piper, head coach Dennis Lawrence and head of the TTFA Elite Programme Gary St Rose at the FA’s head office in Balmain, Couva.
Piper was asked to submit a 2019 manager’s report while Lawrence was asked to submit a technical report, with particular reference to the 2019 Gold Cup and Nations League tournaments. St Rose was directed to submit several documents, including a 2019 report on the Elite Programme and a budget for 2020.
SOURCE: T&T Guardian