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.
The vote was taken at a recent meeting held among the members comprising two representatives of the T&T Pro League, two from the T&T Super League, two independents and a representative from the T&T Football Association, in Port-of-Spain.
Tony Harford of All Sports Promotions was the last independent pick for the Commission, joining Gillette, the current president of T&T Amateur Swimming Association is also an independent.
The other Commission members are Keith Look Loy and George Joseph of the TTSL, Brent Sancho of Central FC and Jamal Shabazz of Morvant Caledonia pro clubs as the two pro league representatives while Anthony Moore of the Tobago FA will be the TTFA representatives.
An earlier report stated in this newspapers had stated that Sheldon Phillips, the sacked TTFA general secretary, was tipped to be one of the independent representatives and that he was in line to become the chairman, but Phillips was only a consideration.
However, it is understood that the commission has made tremendous progress to date, as it is in the process of formulating a Memorandum of Understanding among the parties involved.
Sancho told Guardian Media Limited that the meetings have been fruitful as everyone is focused on creating the best football product from the merging of the pro league, super league and TTFA.
Sancho is also calling for suggestions for the name of the new league/leagues, although one has already been given to them.
Meanwhile, the remainder of the T&T Youth Pro League will be dedicated in honour of Richard Fakoory, a member of the Board of the T&T Pro League revealed yesterday, a day after a meeting.
Fakoory, who was chairman of the T&T Pro League, died last week Wednesday from an aneurysm which came after he had a minor surgery to fix a blockage in his abdomen at the Westshore Medical Hospital in Cocorite.
The members of the pro league were searching for a suitable way to honour him for the work he has done over the past 40 years, but on Wednesday at a pro league meeting in Port-of-Spain, it was agreed to dedicate the rest of the youth pro league in his honour, at least in the short term, the member said.
The member, who is a member of the pro league board, said further discussions will take place to find a suitable way to honour Fakoory in the long term.
So far it has been agreed that all the trophies will be named after him, apart from the youth league being dedicated to him. This he said was agreed upon unanimously as the St Ann's Rangers founder and director had committed his entire life toward youth development.
"Richard was a stickler for youth development. He truly wanted to help the young people of T&T through sports, so we felt it would have been appropriate to take this step," the member said. The meeting was also held to update its members on what was happening, and to begin discussions for a new chairman.