Sun, May

TTFA move to confirm Cooper.

It is ex­pect­ed that a num­ber of con­cerns which were raised by some mem­bers of the board of di­rec­tors of the T&T Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (TTFA) will be ad­dressed to­day at a meet­ing called by its pres­i­dent David John-Williams at the Home of Foot­ball, Ato Boldon Sta­di­um in Cou­va at 4 pm to fa­cil­i­ates To­ba­go's rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

How­ev­er, while it was re­port­ed that some mem­bers head­ed by the pres­i­dent of the T&T Su­per League (TTSL) Kei­th Look Loy raised con­cerns about the le­gal­i­ty of the chair­man of the tech­ni­cal com­mit­tee Richard Quan Chan, who is al­so the South­ern Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (SFA) rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the said board, the meet­ing agen­da does not re­flect such.

Look Loy who al­so claimed in pre­vi­ous me­dia re­ports that the forth­com­ing agen­da will al­so seek to call for the im­me­di­ate res­ig­na­tion of pres­i­dent John-Williams and vice pres­i­dent Ew­ing Davis, and the ap­point­ment and re­place­ments of the duo to­geth­er with call­ing for an elec­tion im­me­di­ate­ly, and to look in­to the TTFA fi­nances.

It was al­so sug­gest­ed that the TTFA gen­er­al sec­re­tary Justin Lat­apy-George should sev­er ties with the or­gan­i­sa­tion for his al­leged role with re­gards to the res­ig­na­tion of for­mer vice pres­i­dent Joanne Salazar on Sep­tem­ber 11.

How­ev­er, a re­view of the agen­da does not in­di­cate that pa­pers were cir­cu­lat­ed to call for the pres­i­dent and vice pres­i­dent's res­ig­na­tion, or that of the sport's gen­er­al sec­re­tary.

When con­tact­ed a source close to the board agreed to speak to Guardian Me­dia Sports on the con­di­tion of anonymi­ty and said, "When I got the meet­ing no­tice from the gen­er­al sec­re­tary I was shocked that the agen­da did not in­clude any sup­port­ing items fol­low­ing the threats I read in the print me­dia over the last few days. The fact is, there are 12 mem­bers on the board of which three have no vot­ing rights but they are al­lowed to par­tic­i­pate in the meet­ings. The min­utes of the board meet­ing on June 30, will show that six of nine mem­bers who can vote at­tend­ed and Mr Richard Quan Chan was legal­ly in­stalled as the chair­man of the tech­ni­cal com­mit­tee. I was present but Mr Look Loy was not."

The source con­tin­ued, "While an email was sent to the gen­er­al sec­re­tary on Sep­tem­ber 14 ask­ing for a meet­ing by Look Loy un­der ar­ti­cle 35.1 of the con­sti­tu­tion, and named the par­ties mak­ing the re­quest - Jabari Williams (NFA), Joseph Tay­lor (Ref­er­ees As­so­ci­a­tion), Ju­lia Bap­tiste (Pro League), Col­in Par­tap (Cen­tra FA), Sharon War­rick (Women's Foot­ball), and Look Loy, the re­quest had no lo­cus stan­di be­cause three of the in­di­vid­u­als who have been aligned to the re­quest do not have vot­ing rights and are not legal­ly mem­bers of the board un­til the gen­er­al coun­cil meet and gives its ap­proval of the in­di­vid­u­als.

"Again, the notes from the Au­gust 29 board meet­ing will re­flect what I have just told you. Fur­ther, the rea­son why the Au­gust 29 meet­ing failed to take place was be­cause, while sev­en per­sons were present on­ly four were le­gal, while you need­ed five to con­sti­tute a meet­ing.

"Those who at­tend­ed were Davis (VP), Tay­lor (TTFRA), War­rick (WoLF), Williams (NFA), Par­tap (Cen­tral FA), Bap­tiste (Pro League) and Look Loy (TTSL)."

In yes­ter­day's Guardian, Bap­tiste stat­ed in an ar­ti­cle head­lined - "I'm no rebel", that, "I was ap­point­ed by the board of the T&T Pro League to rep­re­sent the League at the TTFA board. How­ev­er, I have not been con­firmed by the gen­er­al mem­ber­ship which can on­ly be done at the gen­er­al meet­ing of the mem­ber­ship, and there­fore I have no vot­ing rights at present, based on the con­sti­tu­tion."

The source point­ed out that in the email of Sep­tem­ber 14 from Look Loy, three items were sub­mit­ted for dis­cus­sion - ap­point­ment of a tech­ni­cal staff to the women’s na­tion­al team; sta­tus of the men’s Un­der-17 and U-20 teams; and ref­er­ee­ing is­sues pre­vi­ous­ly tabled by TTFRA (T&T Foot­ball Ref­er­ees' As­so­ci­a­tion) - and de­spite the re­quest not be­ing legal­ly bind­ing, the pres­i­dent in­clud­ed them on the meet­ing's agen­da.

The source said that dur­ing dis­cus­sions af­ter the Au­gust 29 meet­ing failed to get a quo­rum, it was then recog­nised that three in­di­vid­u­als did not have vot­ing rights and Look Loy sug­gest­ed that the board called the an­nu­al gen­er­al meet­ing (AGM) in No­vem­ber or De­cem­ber so that the in­di­vid­u­als can be rat­i­fied. The source went on to point out that among the items that were list­ed on the agen­da for the Au­gust 29 meet­ing was the or­gan­i­sa­tion's fi­nan­cial ac­counts for 2017 and 2018.

The source said that with the ur­gency sur­round­ing this coun­try's par­tic­i­pa­tion at the up­com­ing Women’s CON­CA­CAF World Cup Qual­i­fy­ing Tour­na­ment which takes place in the USA from Oc­to­ber 4-17, it is ex­pect­ed that the mem­bers who vot­ed via email for the ap­point­ment Shawn Coop­er as coach will re­con­firm their po­si­tion. They were Davis, To­ba­go FA rep­re­sen­ta­tive An­tho­ny Moore, Quan Chan, East­ern FA rep­re­sen­ta­tive Wayne Cun­ning­ham and the pres­i­dent.