CFU Tournament

Those of us who are aware of the complexities which are prevalent in the TTFA boardroom are probably aware of the absence of a solution that was designed by the FIFA normalization Committee. The consistent crosstalk without relevant substance from both stakeholders, and only stunning criticism coming from every member of the two-sided affair of FIFA and TTFA, are unproductive as far as the serious management by the local Association problems.

An untimely visit presented itself in the form of a Coronavirus pandemic which created medical disaster globally. Unexpected, the dreaded pandemic brought the entire medical team of local doctors in Trinidad to provide the solution albeit a large volume of citizens who got the disease. In the untimely period of the FIFA vs TTFA, Trinidad and Tobago was immediately stunned because of their overall incompetence, which was led by a $50 million debt, malfunction of all departments of management from the previous operations and subsequently by the newcomers.

CFU Tournament

As a former player, the pain of disgust has led me to go in search of an idea that could keep the great game of football on the field in Trinidad and Tobago. This is where I have decided to offer some suggestions to our Caribbean Countries whose problems are similar due to the pandemic but still have a desire to participate with the development of the sport.

We cannot afford in Trinidad and Tobago to destroy the opportunities of thousands of Trinis who are aspiring to become professionals in the same way as many others in the past.

We cannot afford in Trinidad and Tobago to destroy the opportunities of thousands of Trinis who are aspiring to become professionals in the same way as many others in the past. FIFA has taken over the TTFA and it appears that Trinidad and Tobago will not be allowed to participate in FIFA and Concacaf competitions. It is a great pity that the governors of football globally will allow any country to be deprived of exposing their children of all ages and then their national players to miss out because of administrative capability on both sides of the football problem.

CFU Tournament

Oh, how I will be so pleased if the Caribbean islands come together (similar to the WI Cricket team) and create a Caribbean championships tournament, similar to the times when this tournament was our major competition. I humbly propose that the countries get together with their management and join with members of the business sector to open the doors of competitiveness within the region.

It will be a challenge for all the countries where they can test their strengths and create improvement for each country’s quality of play. Coaches may indulge in discussions of completed matches, although they are competitors, and learn from each other open-mindedly.

T&T will not have to obtain permission to join the tournament and can offer to host many matches at home, if only to reduce hotel costs of the visitors. The benefit of this exercise is enormous and for the players, even more beneficial. The same can be the opportunity to have a similar U-15 tournament who can have the same opportunities among the adults. Any Suggestions? Associations, please approach your governments, your business sector, and the fans in your countries.

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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.