It is with great sadness that members of the Central F.C. family heard of the passing of one of the club’s iconic players, Jason Marcano, who died in a car accident on Thursday morning aged 35.
BRENT SANCHO, owner of local football club Central FC, says talks are still ongoing over a proposed merger of the Pro League and Super League.
The landscape of personalities across football in Trinidad and Tobago is peppered with egos that are less guardians of the game’s best interests and more protectors of their patches of dominion. It is also salted with other temperaments, willing masters to willing serfs and willing serfs to willing masters, who are ultra cautious of those who do not render them patronage and tribute or relevance and survival. Richard Fakoory, to my assessment, was neither of these defensive, sharp-edged and unfortunate dispositions. He was approachable, collaborative, down to earth, engaging, frank, humble, transparent and non-triangulating. He appreciated that football would outlast him and that his responsibility was to the enduring greater good of the sport locally, rather than to the convenience of his fleeting present. In my estimation, this is one reason why he resisted participating in the arms race of escalating player wages that often lured fine players from his club on to perceived greener pastures, but that also occasionally bounced them back to Rangers as prodigal sons.
Businessman Lyndsay Gillette was voted chairman of the football commission to steer T&T football into a new era. The commission was set up on the advice of FIFA/CONCACAF/UEFA officials who visited T&T to give recommendations on ways to improve the sport. One of the recommendations was to have a single management team from the super league, pro league and TTFA to oversee the management operations of a tier one and tier two football competitions.