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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Though it was a mandate by the
former general secretary of the
T&TFA, Sheldon Phillips, to the
regional associations for elections in
the Northern Football Association
(NFA) to be held before Sunday s T&T
Football Association (T&TFA) annual
general meeting (AGM) and election
of officers, it now still remains a mys-
tery when it will take place.
It is understood that elections were
scheduled to take place last Thursday
after the NFA executive distributed the
draft of the new constitution to the
This constitution came from a man-
date by the parent body, the T&TFA
on the advise of the world governing
body for football, FIFA.
Because of this, elections at the
regional associations were suspended
until amendments were made, ratified
by the clubs in the respective zones
and then sent to T&TFA constitution
Once this was done, the annual gen-
eral meeting and election of officers
were to be held. On Sunday, a mere
three days after the elections were
scheduled, former national midfielder
Clint Marcelle, who is a vice president
in the northern FA said Thursday s
meeting was not called for elections
but rather a special meeting for clubs
to peruse the draft of the constitution
before ratifying it.
When quizzed as to when the elec-
tions would be held, Marcelle said it
can be held 14 days after the football
However, Morvant Elements coach
Nevick Denoon and Paragon represen-
tative Tansley Thompson explained that
clubs were to discuss the draft consti-
tution and ratify it before the elections
were to take place.
"We were suppose to discuss the
new constitution and the clubs ratify
it before the elections were to take
place, but discussions on the consti-
tution took too long and we did not
have time for it.
"In fact some of the clubs raised
issue with the constitution which means
that these changes will have to be made
before it is ratified," Thompson said.
He made it clear that as of now, he
didn t know what was going on in
northern football and when elections
will be held. Contacted yesterday, pres-
ident Roland Forde said he could not
respond as he was in a meeting.
Forde has already made it public that
he will not be seeking re-election as
president. Secretary in the zone, Dale
Tavarez, who it is said has all infor-
mation on the happenings of the NFA,
did not answer calls to his phone.
As usual, this hotly contested position
will be challenged by Marcelle, Denoon
and popular sports administrator
Anthony Harford, who said he wanted
to give back to sports, an area he has
spent his entire life.
Dexter Skeene, chief executive
officer of the T&T Pro League, is
looking forward to continuing his
working relationship with the
T&T Football Association
(T&TFA), which is now under the
leadership of W Connection pres-
ident David John-Williams.
With the new football associa-
tion president, Skeene intends to
improve the standard of football
across T&T and help this country
qualify for World Cup tournaments
on a regular basis.
John-Williams got the nod for
the position of president of an
embattled football association at
the Annual General Meeting (AGM)
and Election of Officers on Sunday
last at the VIP Lounge of the Hase-
ly Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo.
Skeene said: "The TT Pro
League has always maintained a
cordial relationship with the
T&TFA and we expect it to con-
"The league wishes to thank all
those who contributed in the past,
such as Raymond Tim Kee, for
implementing a democratic process
for free and fair elections and for
his support of the TT Pro League.
"In fact, with the implementa-
tion of the new constitution, the
Pro League as a member of the
board, would have the opportunity
to make a direct contribution to
the decision-making process. The
interaction with the other associ-
ations would allow for efficient
coordination of scheduling of dif-
Key among the constitutional
changes is a two-term limit for
presidents, which means he/she
can only occupy the office of pres-
ident for a maximum of eight
This amendment in the consti-
tution brought an end to the pre-
vious practice in which adminis-
trators could have been in office
for an unlimited amount of time.
The new constitution also meant
that major clubs play a part in the
decision-making process in T&T.
Only recently, Luca Nicolas,
FIFA manager of Member Asso-
ciation, pointed out that the world
governing body for football was
happy to see the major changes in
the statutes of the T&TFA where
decisions on the future of football
were made by the regional asso-
ciations and other interest groups.
Now he said the statutes are a
proper representation of decision-
making in T&T football which are
now made by the clubs, the region-
al associations, the Super League
and the interest groups.
From this system, the TT Pro
League has ten votes and the Super
League has eight. Each regional
association has three votes.
John-Williams defeated the
incumbent Raymond Tim Kee 25
votes to 19 in the second round of
Tim Kee, who is also Mayor of
Port-of-Spain, had been hoping
for a second term to finish the job
he started four years ago but saw
the writing on the wall after the
first round of voting which pro-
pelled John-Williams in front with
18 votes to Tim Kee s 13.
Vice president of the T&T Ref-
erees Association Clynt Taylor was
third on eight votes, while Selby
Browne of the Veteran Football
Federation (VFF) and Ramesh
Ramdhan were eliminated after
the first round by receiving only
three votes each.
Pro League clubs North East
Stars and Point Fortin Civic failed
to show up for the election process
and there was no representation
for the Coaches and Players Asso-
John-Williams elevation to
president was followed by the elec-
tion of his slate to run the affairs
of T&T football. They are first vice
president Ewing Davis; second vice
president Joanne Salazar and third
vice president Allan Warner.
The Board of Directors of the
T&TFA was also chosen, they are
Samuel Saunders (Central FA),
Sherwin Dyer (Eastern Counties
Football Union), Karanjabari
Williams (Northern FA), Richard
Quan Chan (Southern FA), Antho-
ny Moore (Tobago FA), Joseph Tay-
lor (T&T Football Referees Asso-
ciation), Dexter Skeene (TT Pro
League) and Sharon O Brien
(Women s League Football).
Skeene also said: "On behalf of
the TT Pro League, the Board of
Directors wishes to congratulate
Mr John-Williams on being elected
as the president of the T&TFA.
The board wishes him every suc-
cess in his term in office and look
forward to working with the
T&TFA to improve the standard
of football and to help T&T qualify
for World Cups regularly.
"The Board is aware of David s
commitment to the TT Pro League,
W Connection and football in gen-
eral over the years and we know
that he would take that same
enthusiasm and diligence into the
T&TFA s office as president."
T&T gave a good show at the
Meridian Tortola Masters Squash
Tournament which took place in Tor-
tola last weekend.
Among the participants, John Holley
secured the top spot in the Masters
55-64 by beating Harry Gordon of the
United States in three straight 3--0;
(11/4, 11/6, 11/9).
With the victory he left with brag-
ging rights as the region s best in his
category as well as the only T&T player
to have won a gold.
However, there were runner-up
positions coming from Peter
Pirtheesingh and Neal Ramasra T&T.
In the Men s 35-44 age bracket
Pirtheesingh slumped to a 0--3 defeat
to Eddie Kapor of the United States
(11/7, 11/4, 11/5) and had to settle for
the silver medal.
And in the Plate Final in that cat-
egory, Deepu Panjwani of Barbados
pulled off an impressive victory over
Lee Osborne of the British Virgin
Islands (BVI) 3--0.
Ramasra, who campaigned in the
masters 65-plus, strolled to the final
but could not get the better of Winston
Findlay of the British Virgin Islands.
Ramasra went down 0--3 in the final,
surrendering 7--11 in the first set and
8--11 in the second.
He later conceded defeat, despite
putting up a desperate challenge in
the final set, before going down
In the Plate Final in that category
Alphonso Warner of the BVI defeated
his countryman Dennis Carmedy in
three straight sets 3--0.
Tony Mackenzie of T&T claimed
third in the Men s 45-54 Plate Final
when he whipped hometown favourite
Neville Sorrentino in three sets 3--0.
James Bentick of St Vincent and the
Grenadines was the winner of this cat-
egory (men s 45-54) by virtue of
defeating Barbados Mark Sealey 3--2
((8/11, 11/5, 6/11, 11/8, 11/8).
Among the Ladies Carol Vallee of
BVI took care of Hakh of Canada 3--1
(11/4, 11/5, 9/11, 11/6) for the gold,
while Caroline Dubois of BVI took the
bronze medal by beating Janine Ban-
field of Barbados 3--0.
Skeene, Pro League
commit to T&TFA/
NFA in chaos
impress in Tortola
officer of the
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