What a challenging year it has been for the countries of the world. The coronavirus was the leader in medical inconveniences while deaths and hardships have led the way to a most uncomfortable period of life.

I humbly offer my blessings and hope for improved lifestyles to the people of the region, and may the good Lord guide our path to the regular comfort for which we are accustom. I suppose that the form of consolation which may assist sports supporters and of course the athletes themselves may bring some form of solace to us all.


Because cricket has been the closest game Caribbean people have seen played for a while, but the success on the field of play has been very disappointing in every aspect of the game. Many voices are screaming for the change of a team Captain, while others show pain because of the poor standard of cricket over the past ten months.

Nevertheless, few have given up despite the criticism handed to the lads, some of which were not satisfactory. It was interesting to see the loss in standards and decisions made to bring some form of improvement to the players in every department.

The position of captaincy may appear to be a study of theoretical and tactical areas of the game to whichever choice of new Skipper may present himself. Since the players will soon be again involved in international activity, and heaven knows to what extent the results will reflect.


More damage was done to the sport of Football in Trinidad and Tobago over the past few months, and by extent, the past decade could be considered more complex than the actual aspect of the players’ quality. The moderate management and the appalling forms of communications among the FIFA, The TTFA, the non-payment of players, managers, coaches of the past few years, and a few other outstanding debts have been a constant issue.

The exchange of ideas was complicated as to what form of corrective methods are being used over the past ten months since the arrival of FIFA‘s Normalization Committee. The confusing number of administrative departments that the TTFA need to have corrected is much more essential for FIFA to address than most anything.

The importance of solving the financial commitment needs to be addressed primarily simply because many of these are debts which the national association former national coaches, players and even team managers. The TTFA are aware of the funds owed to each of the persons are already completed theoretically by the laws of the court. This must be the attention for the “normalization Committee” to place emphasis upon making the outstanding payments, which had already been settled by the court if the TTFA needs to restart their football league system and national programs.

Nevertheless, my opinion regarding the TTFA repair pattern must be a priority for Mr. Hadad and his committee. The problems which need to be corrected, have not even been spoken about with the two organizations, because not even the former national executives do not understand the real mismanagement much of which has been guilty of the people who have been part of the same problems.

In the next few days, I shall attempt to document these problems and the manner in which the FIFA committee may wish to get on the road to do their job.

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Honorary Dr.Alvin Corneal HBM. Alvin is one of a handful of sportsmen who represented our national Football (Soccer) and Cricket teams concurrently between 1955 and 1971. He was also a member of the first-ever West Indies Football team which toured England in 1959. He played both sports professionally as a player and a coach to all levels of National Football teams. He had previously held positions as National football Coach of junior and senior teams, Technical Director of the TTFA, Technical Director of Concacaf, and the prestigious positions as FIFA Technical Committee Member and currently, a FIFA Technical Advisor. He is also a presenter/ analyst for Radio and television on all local, regional and International Sports. He is the recipient of a national Award from his country, Trinidad and Tobago for his outstanding service to the people of the region in Sport and ideal Character personality. He was also chosen to receive the Country’s Republic day award for the year 2011. He has been inducted into the Country’s Hall of Fame.