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Sun, Jan

Beaten TTFA candidate weighs T-League role.
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Beat­en pres­i­den­tial can­di­date in the re­cent T&T Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion’s gen­er­al elec­tion, Richard Fer­gu­son, is set to join forces with the new William Wal­lace-led ad­min­is­tra­tion in the area of fi­nance.

Fer­gu­son was knocked out in the first round of vot­ing dur­ing the No­vem­ber 24 AGM be­fore Wal­lace beat out then-in­cum­bent David John-Williams for the TTFA pres­i­den­cy.

How­ev­er, Guardian Me­dia Sports has been re­li­ably in­formed that Fer­gu­son is now set yo play a key role in as­sist­ing with the fi­nan­cial con­cerns of the em­bat­tled foot­ball as­so­ci­a­tion. His first ma­jor as­sign­ment will re­port­ed­ly be to pro­vide fund­ing for the new T-League struc­ture which is sched­uled come in­to ef­fect next year as part of the TTFA’s de­vel­op­men­tal plans.

A re­li­able TTFA source who did not want to be named said the new T-League for­mat will see the foot­ball as­so­ci­a­tion con­tin­u­ing the ini­tia­tives of the world gov­ern­ing body for foot­ball, FI­FA and UE­FA, from where the T-League ini­tia­tive came from in the first place.

It is un­der­stood that the TTFA is set to re­form a com­mit­tee of mem­bers from the top-flight T&T Pro League and Su­per League teams and the TTFA that will have the man­date to shep­herd in the new T-League, which will fea­ture a tier 1 and tier 2 com­pe­ti­tion com­pa­ra­ble with foot­ball in in­ter­na­tion­al leagues such as the Span­ish La Liga, Eng­lish Pre­mier League and Ger­man Bun­desli­ga among oth­er com­pe­ti­tions.

Con­tact­ed yes­ter­day, how­ev­er, Fer­gu­son re­fused to ei­ther con­firm or de­ny this de­vel­op­ment.

Fer­gu­son, who is own­er and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of the Ter­minix La Hor­quet­ta Rangers, was the prin­ci­pal spon­sor of the As­cen­sion In­vi­ta­tion­al Foot­ball League that was start­ed be­cause of the in­ac­tiv­i­ty in lo­cal foot­ball. Fer­gu­son, whose Rangers fin­ished as run­ner-up in the just con­clud­ed First Cit­i­zens Cup last week, has been against the con­tin­u­a­tion of the T&T Pro League al­though his club is a mem­ber team.

Two months ago, Fer­gu­son al­so tried to spon­sor the T&T Pro League, promis­ing to give clubs a part of the share from tele­vi­sion rights. It is un­sure when the new tour­na­ment (T-League) will get go­ing but the TTFA board could de­cide when its first meet­ing is held on Sat­ur­day.