Trinidad and Tobago women’s football team either did not accept or will not be accepting the just over US $1000 donation the Haiti team made to it in the United States last Wednesday in the groundswell of humanitarian reaction to the TT team’s coach plea for help via social media.
Trinidad and Tobago Football Association president Raymond Tim Kee has written a letter to the president of the Haitian Football Association in which he thanked them for their reaction which made the public news round in the US and elsewhere.
The Haitian team who like Trinidad and Tobago are in the USA to contest the CONCACAF eight-team Women’s Gold Cup Championship starting tomorrow chose to give TT the monies they raised from the sales of T-shirts there amounting to some $1,130 (US).
This when TT team coach American Randy Waldrum used social media to plead for help when he established from his 19-member squad on the second day of their encampment in a Texas hotel that there were relatively no funds to meet their needs.
The TT team received a range of items including energy drinks and bottled water as well as cash online of some $1000 US.
When communication was righted between coach Waldrum and the TTFA, he reportedly came to understand that there would have been a sure but belated injection of funds – some $40,000 US – heading the team’s way from Trinidad – thanks to the Government’s Sport Company.
The team did receive the funds and are now settled and ready to play the United States first tomorrow, then Haiti on Friday and Guatemala on Monday.
The Cup championship qualifies the top three teams for sure play in the FIFA World Cup finals set for Canada next year.
The TTFA President’s letter reads
I want to sincerely thank you for the way your team responded to the perceived need of our women’s national team.
Knowing the struggles your players and the Haitian nation have endured, your gesture was moving to say the least.
However, the planned financial support we expected for the tournament from our stakeholders in Trinidad and Tobago has reached our team.
Therefore, we could not in good conscience accept your donated funds knowing of your program’s own needs and our nation’s ability to support it’s national programs.
All the best to you and your players.