The Trinidad and Tobago Professional Football League yesterday gave indication that Defence Force will resume competition in the League championship following their withdrawal since January 10th for what was said then by their military command to be a move in favour of the operational exigencies of the service and because of the particular requirements their personnel were expected to satisfy.
The Defence Force communiqué, made through the Government Information Services Limited to the local MEDIA back then, notified that the suspension, which it called self-imposed, was with immediate effect and would last as long as the Force deemed necessary. The suspension was affected for Defence Force’s involvement in national, regional and community type/level sporting activities.
It is believed to have come following Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s call for use of every possible resource in the fight against the disturbing spike in violent crime around that time.
But within the last week or so the Super Ten Basketball competition organisers indicated to NEWS POWER Sport that they had written to the military to get an update on their continuing absence, but without reply.
And NEWS POWER Sport’s recent ask of the TT Pro League and the Competition Committee of the National Football Super League about Defence Force’s current position has resulted in the Pro League’s statement of intent yesterday.
It said Defence Force will resume with a match against Central on Tuesday evening.
But an official of the National Football Super League told NEWS POWER Sport yesterday that in the absence of official word from the military, the governing Trinidad and Tobago Football Association has been informed that their 13-team competition is due to wind up on Sunday, February 23 and the Defence Force team cannot be accommodated between now and then.
Defence Force are the Pro League football’s defending champions and also the Super Ten basketball defending champions.
Before their withdrawals, they had played 8 matches in the Pro League which counts the other eight teams as having played 14 each.
In basketball, their women’s team have not played while the other six teams have played three matches at most and their men’s team played four matches while the most played by other teams are 11.
In the national super league football competition they tally 16 matches played while the other teams have crossed the 22 mark of 24 scheduled.