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Football Association in hot seat with new Minister of Sport

by | Feb 10, 2015

Trinidad and Tobago Football AssociationExecutive of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association headed by Raymond Tim Kee who is also Mayor of Port Of Spain have a scheduled meeting this morning with new TT Minister of Sport Brent Sancho, himself a former national footballer and recently resigned Chief Executive Officer of Professional League club, Central FC.

The meeting is fourth between the Minister and a National Sporting Body since he was sworn into office a week ago.

On Friday last he met with the top brass of the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee and the Netball Association.

Yesterday his round-table meeting was with the Executive of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board.

0Raymond Tim Kee

Executive of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association, Raymond Tim Kee

The meetings are said to be aimed at improving relationships between the Ministry, the Sport Company and the Sporting Bodies particularly in the context of sport funding and accountability.

Yesterday’s cricket-only talks had the Minister outlining to the TTCB his plans to streamline funding for National Sporting Organizations and ensuring compliance.

The Minister said he had become aware of a strong working relationship between the Cricket Board and the Sports Company to the extent that he had little or no reservation in saying that the Cricket Board leads the way in terms of its high levels of accountability to the special purpose company.

TTCB President Azim Bassarath presented several key documents to the Minister for his perusal, including audited financials for the last operation year, operational and marketing plans for 2015, as well as proposals for club funding, a development programme and an integrated community programme.

Today’s football talks are expected to include the Association’s latest position with respect to claims by members of the national World Cup finals team of 2006 that the Association is either still indebted to them on a promise made back then by an Association top figure that Cup profits will be shared.

Minister of Sport Brent Sancho

Minister of Sport, Brent Sancho

Last September Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar honoured her Government’s move to settle a court-ordered debt to the players handing over cheques amounting to some Us$1.3 million which was the balance of a US $3milion court order. Mimister Sancho was present at the handover.

The Prime Minister noted that the judgment in the arbitration was that the players were entitled to 50 per cent of the net profits the TTFA derived from the Road to Germany 2006 campaign.
Minister Sancho subsequently told reporters that he would still pursue the TTFA to get to the bottom of information about the absence of all accountability of funds accrued to the TTFA for the country’s World Cup finals qualification..

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