Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 30th 2015 Contents A44
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Teams taking part in the T&T Pro League can
breathe easily following the news that the Govern-
ment, through the Sport Company of T&T, has
come to their rescue. Chairman of the Sport Com-
pany Michael Phillips revealed yesterday that pay-
ments of subventions to clubs would be made over
the next few days.
His statement came as a major relief after clubs
representatives told the media that they could not
survive without the subventions, which are given to
them to help off set costs of salaries. Subventions
of $83, 000 are given to eight clubs in the TT Pro
League as well as an additional sum for the overall
management of the pro league office etc, but these
subventions have not been paid for the past three
months and clubs told the media if it did not come
by the end of this month, it could not go on.
Cheques are in the process of being prepared for
distribution to the various clubs, Phillips said, but
he explained the company will hold talks with Pro
League officials with respect to the future.
He said there were no cuts in subventions, but
hinted that the company could not continue the way
it has been operating, in light of the economic situation
in the country. "At this point, I cannot tell you what
will happen, but I can tell you that we will definitely
be speaking with the Pro League and other sporting
organisations to find a way forward. It is crucial that
we hold discussions with the various sporting organ-
isations first before we go to the media," Phillips said.
Asked if there will be cuts to the subventions in
the future, Phillips said he does not know. "Remember
the pro league is not the only organisation we will
be assisting financially and we do not want to appear
as though we are favouring them, so let s wait and
see," Phillips added.
Only Defence Force and Police from the eight clubs
do not receive subventions. Central FC, W Connection,
North East Stars, San Juan Jabloteh, Caledonia United,
Point Fortin Civic Centre, Club Sando and St Ann s
Rangers are all heavily dependent on it to carry out
Point Fortin coach Leroy Deleon recently explained
that some of his players had already began looking
for jobs. Richard Fakoory, owner of Rangers, one of
the clubs hard-hit by the non-payment, said if cuts
were made, he will have to find ways to generate
He told the Guardian he is grateful to the Gov-
ernment for assistance but he did not even want to
think about that at present. "Whatever happens, I
will deal with it in the new year. Right now I am just
enjoying the end of this year and will see about any
problems next year," Fakoory said.
Chief executive officer of the Pro League Dexter
Skeene said he was unaware that payments were
going to be made since he has been out of the country
LONDON---Head coach David Wagner
has hailed striker Nahki Wells whose stun-
ning equaliser from a free-kick salvaged
a deserved point for Huddersfield in their
1-1 draw in an English Championship
match against Queens Park Rangers at
the London club s Loftus Road ground
The 25-year-old Bermudian s 86th-
minute strike from 25 yards was his eighth
goal of the season and his third in two
matches, having scored a brace in a 3-1
win over Preston North End at the week-
"He scored a very good goal and did a
very good job today," Wagner, a 44-year-
old German-American, said after Monday s
"He had a very good chance with a head-
er in the first half as well.
"At the moment he is very confident
and that is very important for a striker.
"But more important for me is that he
likes to work. He is our first defender and
he showed that again today."
Wagner added: "I think a point was the
least we deserved for this performance.
"The first half was very good from my
team and after that we could have expected
more than a point.
"But it was a good reaction (to going
behind) and in the end a point was fair.
"It may only be one point today, but I
am pleased we have shown people what
we can do on the pitch."
Rangers, in their fifth match since Has-
selbaink took over as manager, went ahead
six minutes before Wells strike when
Sebastian Polter scored his first league goal
for the club. The result meant Rangers,
who host Hull on New Year s Day, remained
12th in the table.
Huddersfield, whose next match is at
bottom club Bolton Wanderers on Saturday,
moved up a place to 18th. (CMC)
Head coach praises 'very confident' Wells
teams to get
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