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An outstanding debt of $251,000 is allegedly
owed to Gary s Transport by the TT Football Asso-
ciation (TTFA). This figure was yesterday con-
firmed by the owner of the transport company,
Gary Jack, 46, of Rousillac.
He said the outstanding amount stemmed from
transport services he conducted for several national
football teams, including Under-17 and U-23 men s
and U-17 women s football teams. The duration of
time he said is from 2011 to 2015.
Jack said that he had at one time owned five 25-
seater maxis but lost four, allegedly due to the non-
payment of the monies owed by the TTFA.
"I was forced to sell out my maxis because I had
to stay afloat. I had loans and other bills and the
TTFA was not paying me my money although I
went to them many times literally begging them,"
"I even had to send a lawyer letter to them
demanding my payment but they kept telling me
that there was nothing they could do because they
have no money. They also gave me a promissory
letter that will pay."
Jack alleged that last December for two weeks,
every day, he went to the TTFA s offices demanding
"It was only then that Mr Sheldon Phillips called
me into his office and (allegedly) gave me $11,000
in cash and he promised that he would pay the rest
in January. From then to now I could never get
through to Mr Phillips again," Jack said.
The father of two, also revealed that he was even
forced to postponed his wedding in February.
"I pushed back my wedding to March giving me
ample time to borrow money from almost everyone
to have my wedding. This setback has really cost
me and I just would like my money."
When asked why he kept on doing transport
duties for the TTFA, knowing that he was not getting
paid and causing the figure to continue building
"I have been working for them since 1999 and I
does really try to help them out and I keep working
because they keep promising to pay and I keep telling
myself, well right, they will pay me but it is over-
bearing now," he said.
When contacted yesterday for comment, TTFA s
general secretary, Sheldon Phillips acknowledged the
debt owed to Jack but added that he (Jack) was not
the only creditor.
Phillips said when the TTFA took over from the
T&T Football Federation (TTFF), they were met with
about $36 million in debt, with over 100 creditors.
"We have been able to gradually pay off some of
these debts, close to $28 million. For the Soca War-
riors 2006 was close to $18 million and about $10
million in television debts," Phillips said.
He added that in order to pay off all the creditors,
the TTFA is quickly moving to develop additional
revenue streams, which he said, will also allow them
to lessen its dependency on the government.
Phillips disclosed that this will be done through
the creation of a new brand called "Soca Warriors".
He said, "Through FIFA s Win Win programme
we are able to develop the first phase, which is
licensing and merchandising of the Soca Warrior
brand so the textiles and other items can be sold
from the website and different point of sales through-
out the country and internationally. We also made
a deal with the World Soccer Shop.
"We will also develop our intellectual property,
which will enable the TTFA to become more self
sufficient. The model that took place before was
controlled by one person, who had deep pockets
and we have had to depend on the government to
help us, coming out post, the Jack Warner era (former
FIFA vice president). With the government support,
the Ministry of Sport, FIFA and CONCACAF bridge,
we are able to still maintain our teams, number one
in Caribbean and the youth team operating in the
In the third phase of the transformation
process, Phillips said is the commercial
development, which will allow the creation
of a fund, in which the proceeds will go
directly to the benefit of the players and
"This will ensure that the two pillars in
the game of football, the players and the
coaches will be paid on time. Even though
we still have creditors, we have a plan and
a vision to get out of the mess we inherited,"
It is also alleged that the TTFA also owe
an undisclosed amount of money to the
Normandie Hotel in St Ann s.
The Public Transport Service Corporation
(PTSC) has sought legal action against the
TTFA to recover $1.4 million for services
for the period August-September 2010.
Phillips said that in a bid to restore public
trust and confidence the TTFA is currently
in the process of compiling seven years of
financial records, from 2008 to present,
"We will provide a full transparent financial
He also said that when the audit is com-
pleted it will be published
Creditors call on TTFA to pay off debts
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