TTFA Leadership Tested

In my own heart, the uneven waves of messages which seemed to have followed the absolute deterioration of Football in T&T, was very painful. Many times in the past, the memories of a football career were always memorable to the veteran spectators who lived during the era of excellent teams, superb opponents, and of course the joy of quality football which everyone enjoyed immensely.

Just like the sudden attack of Coronavirus disease which travelled the world in a flash, came the announcement that FIFA will be putting together a normalization committee, to bring some sanity and competence to the TTFA. In almost every department of the great game. Immediately the pain, anxiety and boredom which the dreaded disease (Covid 19) suddenly disrupted our lives, was temporarily ignored when the FIFA vs TTFA battle was advertised.

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While almost everyone was aware of the serious problems of awkward money spending over the years, the tension seemed to flare up when a number of unpaid coaches, managers, players etc exposed the debts of millions which were owed by the ruling body. I humbly ask the people of our country and possibly our Caribbean neighbours to pay close attention to the methodology and strategy used by the newly formed committee.

I wish to follow the lessons which the professional experts will formulate systems of management, marketing, accounting, event planning, technical development et al. Whose primary move will be to demonstrate competence in sports management.

It should be noted that the areas in need of appropriate adjustments, are not a recent phenomenon, but would have plagued us for a number of years. This shows that current pattern, as weak as it is in many ways, is not necessarily where the major management flaws started. That is why the length of time requested by the FIFA is approximately two years in order to recognize the errors, then fit them into modern-day sports administration.

As time goes on, the picture which FIFA expects from their national associations, will be completed and hopefully take the path which could improve in the offices and bring qualitative football to national teams as well as leagues and clubs all across the country. We shall take the project as it goes along.

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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.