There is always a certain amount of issues when it comes to sport in the region and sometimes across the world.
For instance, some months ago, when the current President of Fifa was offering his opinions to make some significant and attractive decisions which are likely to various different approaches to football in certain countries, especially the ones with numerous votes in FIFA elections.
I distinctly recall when the news came out like a breath of fresh air when the FIFA president announced that the number of 48 countries will be able to battle for places in the world cup finals in Qatar.
I was absolutely shocked over that decision because that adjustment has been discussed among the experts of FIFA committees of the past. There was never any support for such a decision. However, it would appear that Mr Infantino decided to go that route and rushed to the lesser developed countries for support. There was a lot of joy for the President that the Caribbean will support him fully, of course with the region getting another space or two to enter the finals.
Well, suddenly, the FIFA has recently announced that this proposal will not hold and the customary 36 teams tournament will remain. The Caribbean may be disappointed seeing that there is a certain degree of closeness among the Caribbean leaders and the FIFA president. He will have to try another project in which to hold the votes for the November election.
However, nearer to home, the mystery of our football complexities has suddenly been enthused over the fact that a commission which was appointed by heaven knows who, have just announced that the T 1 and T2- leagues will start in the months of August or September.
I am at a loss to find out those who have chosen a commission consisting five persons to make some new plans for the game in T&T, by getting a financially strong owner who will be announcing the prize monies only the two leagues just mentioned.
My understanding is that the choice of personnel was made by members of the board, many of which had failed miserably to organise their previous competitions, and literally showed that they had to approach the government to assist with their salaries payment.
In the first place, I have not seen or heard that the TTFA had decided to change the structure of our football without returning to the constitution and call some level of referendum to invite the clubs in the North, East, central, Tobago and South whose players clientele consist of more clubs that T1 and T2 leagues collectively.
Then a few questions? Has this been a decision of the TTFA? When was it done and why have the zonal divisions not been entitled to participate in the process? Secondly, for another time, I am asking a question as to how the teams that have been selected earned the right to be chosen as the top clubs in the country for the two Tiers recommended?
Is it because they can afford to pay the hefty registration Fee.?
Because they have certainly not shown to our football loving society that their quality of play is anything that is worthwhile.
Maybe, they have forgotten that many of these teams have been tardy with regards their financial commitment to their players from time to time, and had to rush to the ministry of Sport for a handout. Maybe, the government does not realise that these team owners are entrepreneurs and franchise holders, whose funding was invested with the intention to make a profit through gate receipts and prize monies.
The history to that situation is well known and the number of times we have heard of teams not being able to receive their prize money, or even some of those who qualified for the CONCACAF champions league, struggled to even attend the away fixtures.
Just in case those investors don't know, they are destroying the opportunities of villagers in various communities who may well possess the true natural talent of the game. History has shown that fact.
Large crowds have also shown that the gate receipts of matches played in the communities over the years have had thousands of people who will pay and travel to towns and villages to support their teams. The people of this country still moan the absence of quality football which they have seen over the past forty years. What they are viewing apparently does not warrant the cost of the entrance tickets. Incidentally, what are the conditions which will financially qualify to play in these “mystery” leagues?
I am hearing about FIFA and UEFA interference or maybe some will call it assistance. I have my doubts since FIFA has always preached that National associations must handle their administrative affairs competently, not by all the quagmire of cross-talk among the executives as they use the media to express their views.
Then, what will the zonal system gain from the new look exercise and who will the management? On the looks of it, The TTFA seem to ignore the Zones, similar to what they practised in recent times.
However, if the zones allow that type of neglect by the ruling body, then there will continue to be the huge deterioration of Football in our country. God Bless us all.