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Following is a statement released yesterday by the Minsitry of sport regarding the financial assistance being given to the national women’s football team.

“With regard to the participation of the national senior women’s team in the final round of World Cup 2015 qualification, the official request and accompanying documentation from the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) was only received at the office of Minister of Sport, Dr the Honourable Rupert Griffith late Tuesday afternoon at 3.30 p.m.

Minister Griffith dispatched copies of the correspondence and supporting documents to officials at the Ministry of Sport and the Sports Company who immediately began the necessary processing to facilitate payments.

Earlier today (Wednesday), TTFA General Secretary Sheldon Phillips received an initial payment of TT$250,000.00 from the Sports Company of Trinidad and Tobago.

The Ministry of Sport and the Sports Company will continue to work with the TTFA in order to expedite the additional payments associated with the team’s World Cup qualification campaign. The total request from the TTFA for the campaign is TT$873,118.67 (US$137,715.88).

The Ministry of Sport and the Sports Company remain committed to providing the necessary support to national athletes and teams but remind National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs) that the timely submission of documentation is critical to facilitate the necessary oversight, protocols and procedures associated with the release of state funds.”

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As a follow up to the earlier news release, the TTFA is advising that a cheque valued at TT$250,000 was presented to the FA by the Ministry of Sport this afternoon. The money, in US currency will be taken to the camp in Dallas by the team manager Vernetta Flanders who is expected to travel tomorrow.

This will cover team related expenses as well as part of the player allowances for the team camp and the tournament which commences on October 15th. A Petrotrin cheque valued at TT$75,000 was also presented to the TTFA to assist with the Women’ Team campaign.

A follow up tweet from Randy Waldrum. So far close to US$10,000 has been raised online through accounts set up in the US to assist the team by supporters of Waldrum and the T&T team. Contributions of TT$250,000 from the Sport Company of T&T and TT$75,000 from Petrotrin have also been received.