TTFF, Soca Warriors reach agreement on monies
Saturday, April 20 2013
THE Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation and its president Raymond Tim Kee and the 2006 ‘Soca Warriors’ seem to have struck an agreement concerning the issue with monies they feel are owed to them from the Germany World Cup campaign.
Yesterday in a statement from the Tim Kee which follows the lengthy CONCACAF Congress in Panama, Tim Kee revealed that he has had the opportunity to hold discussions with the players’ representatives Brent Sancho and Shaka Hislop and we were able to come to a common understanding and agreement as to how they should bring closure to this vexatious situation.
The TTFF boss in one of his first main assignment for the beleaguered football federation stayed clear of the findings of the congress which stated that the CONCACAF under former TTFF Special Adviser Jack Warner and American Chuck Blazer were fradulent in their management of the organisation.
He insisted that while it was a sad day for him and Trinidad and Tobago he explained that there were lots of positives coming out of the congress such as bringing an end to an issue which has plagued TT football.
“I feel quite good about the agreement because there is no doubt in my mind that the players took the field in Germany and made us proud. That’s history. I feel this whole scenario should not have come to this, where there was so much anger, displeasure and hate even. I am very pleased that we are seeing the end of it. Those are our heroes. I hope to forge some relationships with them so that we can bring them into the fold in a true meaningful way so that they can be part of the building process” Tim Kee said.
Tim Kee added, “All I can say is that we are on the home-straight with those discussions. I expect that within just a few days we will consummate all the arrangements and agreements. I have had quite some useful discussions with the Soca Warriors representatives.”
The TTFF and its officials have been in a legal battle over monies promised to the players by Warner. The amount expected to be paid 50 percent of all the TTFF’s deals from sponsors and other TV rights deals, is still trying to be determined.
However Tim Kee made it clear that information emanating from the congress does not pertain to the football federation under his leadership.
“I want to make something categorically clear in that the TTFF does not take ownership or responsibility for anything that was said under my presidency. I intend to observe all the best practices in conducting the business of the organization. Accountability, transparency and all inclusiveness are the three pillars of which I intend to move forward with football. I thought the evidence produced was overwhelming.”