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T&T s Soca Warriors last night
decided to boycott tonight s CFU
Caribbean Football Cup final
against Jamaica over the non-pay-
ment of salaries and arrears,
amounting to an estimated $10
million, owed to them by the T&T
Football Association (TTFA).
Speaking to the T&T Guardian
from Jamaica last night, skipper
Kenwyn Jones said the decision
may very well mean this will be
the last time fans will see this team.
Jones said the team, which had
already qualified for the Concacaf
Gold Cup by virtue of reaching the
final, realised they were taking a
drastic measure. But he said they
had had enough of promises and
"It always affects the situation
and it has been going on for a very
long time," an upset Jones said.
"We are fed up of the football
association making promises and
telling a lot of untruths. No one
wants to be a part of football and
we are in a position that is not even
at breaking point. It could very well
be the end of a dynasty before it
could get there."
The England-based striker
admitted that coach Stephen Hart
was on the brink of leaving Jamaica
to return to Canada with his family
on Sunday because he was frus-
trated that thousands of dollars
owed to him had not yet been paid.
He said the players and technical
staff also faced the same dilemma,
noting some of them had not been
paid for years.
Contacted on the matter yester-
day, TTFA general secretary Shel-
don Phillips confirmed the team
was owed millions. He said a Cab-
inet note was passed about two
weeks ago approving a sum of $10
million. That sum, he said, will be
to pay the debt and take the Soca
Warriors through to the Gold Cup
"We sent a note to Cabinet
explaining the situation and the
millions of dollars we owed,"
"We are now in the process of
getting those funds drawn down.
We were promised part last week
and got nothing. When we
enquired we were told today (Mon-
day) and still nothing."
Phillips said he was doing all he
could to get the money to pay the
We are dealing with a lot, includ-
ing having a new permanent sec-
retary at the Ministry of Sport.
"We have been liaising with the
ministry for months now and
happy that we actually got this
breakthrough of the $10 million.
Payment is imminent though."
He in 2012 they were already $4
million in arrears to the team. He
said he hoped the players were
despondent to the point that it
would affect the final.
"Understandably, they are deal-
ing with this for a long time but
I am pushing very hard to address
this as soon as possible."
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Businessman Alfred Galy applied to the Port-
of-Spain City Corporation yesterday for a dem-
olition notice for the former Greyfriars church
on Frederick Street.
This comes a week after the corporation ordered
work on the site stopped after Galy s workmen
removed the roof of the church hall and part of the
roof of the church itself.
Fears that Galy was demolishing the building led
to protests last week from the NGO Citizens for
Conservation, and National Diversity Minister
Rodger Samuel said the deconsecrated church would
soon be listed as a protected historic building.
But in an interview yesterday, chief inspector at
the city engineer s office Deoraj Ramtahal confirmed
Galy had submitted a demolition application to his
office. He added that Galy had also met with the
corporation yesterday to discuss ways to save the
property by converting it into a suitable business.
"He submitted the application in order to comply
with the corporation s regulations," Ramtahal said.
Galy is expected to meet with Ramtahal and
members of Town and Country Planning at the
Ministry of Finance today.
Yesterday, the site remained quiet, with no signs
In a letter to the editor in today s T&T Guardian,
historian Michael Anthony, appealing for the church
to be preserved, recorded that it was founded by
the Rev Alexander Kennedy of the Church of Scot-
land, a man he described as the most dynamic and
zealous of local missionaries.
Anthony said Kennedy came to T&T in 1836 and
converted an unused building on Cambridge Street
(then part of St Vincent Street) into a little chapel,
then began building his own church the next year.
Kennedy was an ardent abolitionist. (See letter on
A petition calling for the preservation of the
property and addressed to the Town and Country
Planning Division had gathered over 600 online
signatures as of yesterday.
The petition, started by concerned citizen Joshua
Lue Chee Kong, expresses concern over the potential
demolition of the church, and says it should be
preserved at all costs to benefit future generations.
"Therefore we wish with all the power granted
by your office, that this matter be resolved imme-
diately and that the church gains the necessary
protection it deserves as a heritage site as quickly
as possible," it reads.
Warriors fed up
sought for Greyfriars
Boycotting today's CFU final
But speaking from the team s camp in Kingston yesterday,
Jones said Hart has been owned money for a period of
eight months, the staff for more than eight months and
the players for about four years.
"That figure may vary per player. Some are owed $30,000
and $40,000," he said.
"The coach has his family to see about, bills to pay. We,
the players, need payment too. Most of them say they will
leave and never return to play for T&T again because of
this overbearing situation. We tried to hold it together but
can t again."
Political Leader of the People s National Movement (PNM),
Dr Keith Rowley, during a speech at the party s convention
on Sunday, raised the issue of the non-payment of wages
and lack of funding for both the men s and women s football
He said: "We could find hundreds of millions, just so,
to feed crime in LifeSport and inflate contracts to enrich
friends, but at the same time our national women s football
team is penniless in a foreign land and the men s team have
played without pay, match after match. Have we no shame?
This simply cannot be allowed to continue."
Efforts to reach TTFA president Raymond Tim Kee and
Minister of Sport Dr Rupert Griffith for comment last night
wee unsuccessful as calls to their cellphones went unan-
swered and they did not return messages.
PLAYERS HAVE BILLS TOO
for 17TH NOVEMBER, 2014
Natrust Limited CEO and owner of the Greyfriars church Alfred Galy, center, speaks with Port-of-
Spain Mayor Raymond Tim Kee, left, and Minister of Diversity & Social Integration Rodger Samuel
after a meeting at City Hall yesterday. Time Kee, who is also president of the T&T Football
Association, is today facing the embarrassment of having the Soca Warriors pull out of today's CFU
Caribbean Cup final in Jamaica in a dispute over unpaid wages. PHOTO: JEFF MAYERS
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