Founding for Trinidad and Tobago athletes has always been a perennial problem facing sports men and women who represent this country at the highest levels.
Recently two-time Trinidad and Tobago 110 meter hurdler Mikel Thomas was placed in a difficult position after he had a several problems accessing fund from the Elite Athlete Assistance Programme (EAAP) offered by the Ministry of Sport.
Now this country’s senior women’s football team entering the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) world cup qualifying round were also placed in a similar position.
The team was sent to the United States with only $500 US.
This also excluded equipment need for the team to train while at a camp in Dallas, Texas.
Head coach American Randy Waldrum was not pleased with the development and took to social media where and fired off at the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA).
He tweeted I don’t know how I’m going to feed these players starting at lunch today! If you know of anyone in Dallas area that will help with food, etc. Please let me know ASAP!
Good Samaritans answered his call and showed up with water and other need essentials.
TTFA announced that a cheque valued at TT $250,000 was presented to the FA by the Ministry of Sport.
Director of Communications at Trinidad and Tobago Football Association Shaun Fuentes explained why the situation occurred.