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FORMER Sports Minister Brent Sancho said he is “honoured” to be named by Concacaf (Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football) in a Caribbean Professional League Working Group, which has the support of the global governing body FIFA.

According to Concacaf, the new group will be a subgroup of the Concacaf Competitions Committee and will carry out a comprehensive study of Caribbean professional club football. It will include the chairman of the Concacaf Competitions Committee, president of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU), regional football experts and a FIFA representative.

The Group, which was announced on the Concacaf website on April 29, comprises of chairman Yon De Luisa, deputy chairman Randolph Harris (CFU president), members Sancho, Christopher Samuda (Jamaica), Patrick Massenat (Haiti), Manuel Estrella (Dominican Republic), Valdemar Florentino Marcha (Curacao) and a FIFA representative.

During an interview via Whatsapp on Tuesday, Sancho said, “I am extremely honoured to be given a chance to give input in such an exciting initiative.”

Sancho, the former TT central defender and owner of former TT Pro League champs Central FC, pointed out, “Nothing will happen before its time, as it relates to the time-line for this league.”

The acting chairman of the TT Pro League said, “Football in the Caribbean has been making terrific strides of late, particularly since the introduction of the Nations League.

“The recent results of Guyana and Grenada, the performance of Haiti in the last-concluded Gold Cup, and the advancement of Portmore in the Concacaf Club Championship is indicative of this,” he continued. “It is a positive.”


SOURCE: T&T Newsday