The first game of the new T&T Super League failed to kick off on Saturday afternoon at the Arima Velodrome, Arima between FC Santa Rosa and RSSR FC. Guardian Media Sports understands the RSSR players showed up to the game without identification cards, which are required to be presented to the match commissioner before kickoff.
The match was abandoned by the commissioner and the referees. Brandon Greene, the match commissioner has since submitted a report to the competitions manager, Richard Piper, and it is now before him. It remains unclear whether FC Santa Rosa has gotten the full three points for the abandonment.
Also kicking off its season last night were the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT), which hosted Petit Valley/Diego Martin United and Queen’s Park Cricket Club (QPCC), which visited Matura ReUnited F.C. Both those matches had 7 pm kickoffs.
The league’s start came just after a month of reports surfacing it faced an uncertain future. While there will also be three matches today, the 2019 edition of the tournament will run from this weekend through to December 15 with 13 teams competing across the same number of match days. Last season’s fourth-placed team Cunupia FC looks set to compete in the upcoming Ascension Premier League, which will be the top flight of local football.
President of the T&T Super League (TTSL) Keith Look Loy reacted to the start of the new season yesterday, saying there was an attempt to undermine the TTSL. He told Guardian Media Sports, “John-Williams and his people came up with a TT Pro League and invited our clubs to play. As far as we in the Super League are concerned, this was a blatant attempt to entice our members away from our league and to undermine the Super League, and our members stood firm.”
Look Loy said the league had to ramp up its operations quickly because a month ago they were talking about the T-League.
But if last season’s competition was anything to go by, the Super League had an enthralling end in 2018. FC Santa Rosa merely nicked QPCC by one point after 26 matches and both teams locked on the same goal difference.
The league will continue into this weekend with matches on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Metal X Erin F.C. vs Club Sando Upraising Youths - Erin Recreation Ground - 6:30pm
San Fernando Giants vs Police F.C. - MRS, Training Field - 3:30pm
Prisons Service F.C. vs Bethel United F.C. - Y.T.C., Arouca - 4pm