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On i95.5fm, I sports on Thursday, we
spoke with Maylee Attin-Johnson, who
says she knows that a team is going, but
no team has been announced to her or
any of the players and it was just
in line with that knowledge
that Attin Johnson and
Akhela Mollon decided to
call some players to prac-
There is not even a coach
as yet for the women s team
for these Championships, with
apparently the TTFA in negoti-
ations with Randy Waldrum.
There is just too much uncer-
tainly, and this breathes doubt
and despair and can lead to
Why is there so much secrecy
over the naming of a team , over
the situation with a coach, it is
this apparent unwillingness to be
open and transparent that has
affected the Football Association
in the past and unless they fix this prob-
lem, quickly , they are heading down
the same road.
As a follow up to all of this on Saturday
on Isports, the President of the TTOC,
Brian Lewis confirmed, that a team of
ladies for the Pan American Champi-
onships had been received from the
TTFA. So then, one is forced to question,
why the need for all of this secrecy and
this non-disclosure by the TTFA. Is it
that Shaun Fuentes forgot to issue this
information? Or was he told not to do
Whether or not it is human
error, negligence or simply for-
getfulness, something is wrong
with the way women are treat-
ed.But in this case I am refer-
ring to Women in Sports,
not in other spheres of
life, and in particular for
the purpose of those
who wish to read fur-
ther, women in football
The fact, that since
December 2, 2014, our
national women s team
has not played a single
match to this day, is not
but a possible
sign of disen-
authority, who if not for this
team would have been as
unpopular as their prede-
cessors. Because let me
explain for the infinite time
to all Sports Administra-
tors in all spheres of this
country, that people are
interested in the sports-
men and sportswomen and
not in them. If they remain
silent and do
they will have
achieved and one
day be recognised.
In the case of the
women, the T&T Football Association stated
that since the young ladies lost that game in
December to Ecuador 0-1, there are no countries
interested in playing our national team anymore.
However, the women footballers are flatly
denying that is true and instead believe that
not enough effort was made by the TTFA to
ensure that this could have occurred. It is difficult
to believe that after such a successful run, that
no team would be interested in playing this
country ahead of the World Cup in Canada.
And if the TTFA were smart and given the
apparent business success of the game in Decem-
ber, they would have found a way through con-
nections to play a game in front of a still adoring
crowd when the momentum was there for all
to witness, instead to most, it appears as if they
have turned their backs once again on women s
We all know the problems the team experi-
enced in 2014 and when you listen to the captain
Maylee Attin-Johnson talk from the heart again
about the fact, that officials basically at one
time told her, that the emphasis has to be on
men s football, because that is the flag bearer,
you can imagine the passion and drive in our
women when they heard this male dominated
TTFA state these words.
However the situation at the moment that
again has the TTFA and women s football at
loggerheads involves the Pan American Cham-
pionships in Canada, where a men s team was
named some 10 days ago and names rightfully
submitted to the T&T Olympic Committee.
However no team was announced or published
or released to the media on a women s team for
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We all know the problems the
team experienced in 2014 and
when you listen to the captain
Maylee Attin-Johnson talk from
the heart again about the fact,
that officials basically at one
time told her, that the emphasis
has to be on men's football,
because that is the flag bearer,
you can imagine the passion and
drive in our women when they
heard this male dominated TTFA
state these words.
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