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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, November 30, 2015
David John-Williams, the W Connec-
tion boss is the new president of the T&T
Football Association. Yesterday at a hotly
contested annual general meeting and
election of officers at the VIP Lounge of
the Hasely Crawford Stadium, John-
Williams got the nod 25 votes to 19 for
the incumbent Raymond Tim Kee after
the second round of voting.
After the first round, John-Williams got
18 votes to Tim Kee s 13 with Clynt Taylor
in third with eight. Both Ramesh Ramdhan,
the ex T&T referee and Veteran Football
Federation (VFF) president Selby Browne
were eliminated early after each received
only three votes.
Tim Kee, when he heard the result of
the first round of voting, immediately left
the Stadium, saying he was going to have
After being praised for his role in imple-
menting changes to the TTFA constitution,
Tim Kee now appeared to be a victim of
his own initiatives.
He told the Guardian when the votes
were being counted that he welcomed the
change which has seen five people in an
election race for the football association s
"I was adamant that there be changes
to the constitution as well as a two-term
limit for TTFA presidents and I am happy
it turned out this way," Tim Kee said.
Meanwhile new president John-Williams
gave a promise that he will do his best for
Trinidad and Tobago.
He explained that his first order of busi-
ness will be a budget exercise for a national
team---the Under-20 Women s Team,
which will be off to Honduras for a Con-
cacaf U-20 Championship this week.
He explained that he will also look at
setting up sub committees and get them
functional as well as seek an audience with
national coach Stephen Hart ahead of the
Copa American play-off with Haiti on
He gave the assurance that he will not
be a jacket-and-tie president that will be
confined to an office.
"Rather I will lead from the front and
set an example. If I have to pick up papers
for T&T football I will do that," John
He also promised that all attempts will
be made to get the country s top players
for the Copa America, which he said would
be difficult, as the match is being played
outside of the international break.
He told a media gathering that his
administration will also look at the new
constitution to make adjustments.
Due to his elevation to president, John-
Williams said his work at W Connection
will be taken up by his daughter.
Quizzed on whether he thinks his victory
would have stemmed from the 10 votes
from the T&T Pro League and the eight
from the Superleague, John Williams said
it may have been so.
However he made it clear that the world
governing body for football FIFA had
approved the system of voting.
BRISBANE---Head coach Phil Simmons
believes that hard work in the build-up to the
Test series against Australia will work wonders
for West Indies as they seek to break their 17-
year win drought, when the three-match rubber
bowls off later next month.
The former international all-rounder returned
to his role after missing the recent trip to Sri
Lanka through suspension and has immediately
gotten down to the business of preparing the
Caribbean side for the recapture of the Frank
West Indies have not won Down Under since
1997 and have not beaten the Aussies in a Test
anywhere in 12 years.
"Today was the first practice and the guys
looked as good as you can look after a long flight,"
Simmons said yesterday.
"We still have three days practice before the
warm-up game and then three more days before
the Test match, so I think it is about getting our-
selves sharp enough going into the warm-up
game and taking the warm-up game as serious
as possible and making sure that during the
warm-up game we do the things we want to do
during the Test match."
West Indies, who arrived here last week, will
have a four-day warm-up match against the
Cricket Australia XI, starting Wednesday at the
Allan Border Oval in Brisbane.
Simmons expressed confidence that his young
team, led by all-rounder Jason Holder, could
come up to the mark on foreign soil against their
more experienced opponents.
"The new ball is going to be a big thing and
as long as we get accustomed to the wickets and
batting on the wickets when it comes time to
play the long innings, we will be able to do it,"
The highlight of the tour will be the second
Test match at the famous Melbourne Cricket
Ground which will be the historic Boxing Day
Test, one of the iconic features in world sport.
West Indies last played in the major event 15
The first Test will be in Hobart with the third
match at the Sydney Cricket Ground, starting in
"It is huge as it has been over a decade since
we have been granted a chance to play a Boxing
Day Test match, Simmons said.
"From my time we looked forward to the day
because it is a big day and a huge occasion, not
only in Melbourne but all over Australia and a
lot of cricket teams look forward to when they
have the chance."
He continued: "We will also play the New
Year s Test match which is another big occasion
on the cricket calendar, so this is a major tour
for West Indies cricket as well as the players
Just four members of young squad -- Marlon
Samuels, Denesh Ramdin, Kemar Roach, Jerome
Taylor -- have played Test cricket in Australia
before but Simmons said every member of his
touring party would need to step up during the
"They are the ones we are banking on to give
the knowledge to the younger players that haven t
been here, but I think everyone has to take own-
ership over the next week so they know what to
do when we get into the Test matches," Simmons
"I think the big thing is that we get accustomed
to the wickets and get accustomed to the fact
that the wickets are going to be good to bat on."
Left-arm spinner Kavesh
Kantasingh is among three
players rewarded with retainer
contracts by the Trinidad and
Tobago Cricket Board.
The 29-year-old Kantasingh,
who returned to first class
cricket this season following a
two-year break, joins off-spin-
ner Bryan Charles and left-arm
seamer Daniel St Clair in
receiving C grade contracts.
All three players are involved
in the Red Force set up and
have been rewarded for their
Kantasingh has been a key
bowler for Red Force in the
Regional First Class Champi-
onship, taking 13 wickets in the
three rounds completed.
His six-wicket match haul
in the first round helped Red
Force to an innings victory over
Leeward Islands Hurricanes
inside three days at Warner
Park in St Kitts.
The 27-year-old St Clair,
meanwhile, has played only one
game this season---the third
round encounter against
Jamaica Scorpions which Red
Force lost by six wickets last
St Clair took a single wicket
but chipped in with defiant
knocks of 18 and 26 batting at
Charles, 20, is yet to play a
game this season but has been
credited with an excellent atti-
tude in training and for his
strong showing in the practice
matches in the build up to the
first class season.
His lone first class outing
came against Guyana Jaguars
in Georgetown last season.
Red Force lie joint third in
the first class standings with
Barbados Pride on 28 points
after a win, a defeat and a draw
in their first three games.
They are set to take on Jaguars
at Queen s Park Oval in the next
round starting Friday.
Windies to flourish
with hard work
Kantasingh in trio issued retainer contracts
New TTFA president David John Williams talks with a supporter at yesterday's election of
officers. PHOTO SHIRLEY BAHADUR
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