Today as the world continues to battle the Pandemic Coronavirus (COVID 19). Rules and regulations such as social distancing and quarantine which have been handed down to citizens all through the Caribbean, the United TTFA are still in the midst of the battle with FIFA.

My promise to deal with this very financial mystery was not difficult, as it was easy to gather information albeit flowing from social media and in some cases gossip-mongering among the public. In the first place, the details of the FIFA formalization committee may well have been in their possession (FIFA), albeit somewhat complicated or not well understood. I assume that there has been much information that may not be well understood by the three-person committee ( the panel approved by FIFA for the Arbitration hearings brought forward by the TTFA) at this stage.

The national association officers are not satisfied with the informed duties of the FIFA committee, causing a trip to the courts in order to prove that FIFA is not within their rights to “push aside” a legal management committee which was properly elected in conjunction of the TTFA constitution. As slow as a coach, the announcement of the chairman and two members have not yet been announced, leaving everyone to wonder who will the others be in FIFA’s workforce for this job.

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I was extremely anxious to get a gist of the procedure in which the Normalization Committee will commence, especially with regard to any form of departmental areas from the ruling national Association executive members. Those who were present during twelve years of the great game would be confused with the drop in standard of the game at all levels.

Being part of the “good ole days”, the memories stayed lingering among the minds of the fans, while the performance levels from astute management, accounting, Public relations, and competence on the field as players and even officials, left a history which carries exciting discussions among the fanatical veterans. Having said this, I recognize that the immediate emphasis is what needs to be addressed by both sides.

To get into the reality of the problems, may well be further from the financial quagmire than the distortion of the constitution, the desire of some personnel who wear the “small shoes” into their large feet. I hope that the inquiry and normalization would have started by now, and as they go along, maybe the deterioration of the project could be corrected, one compartment at a time. Dialogue and logical meetings must be the motive and not from useless arguments and word bashing in order to solve the existing problems.

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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.