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A day after Central Zone representative
Carapichaima East was eliminated by Pres-
entation College of San Fernando in the
Big Five competition, the Secondary
Schools Football League (SSFL) has put
Chaguanas North s appeal to reverse a
points deduction ruling before its disci-
The appeal by Chaguanas North was
issued on Thursday, the same day as the
Big-Five fixture and a day after the SSFL,
through its credentials committee issued a
letter stating that nine points were to be
deducted from Chaguanas North for the
alleged fielding of ineligible players, which
gave Carapichaima East the Central Zone
league title. The appeal was also issued less
than two hours before the Big-Five match
was scheduled to kick off, by an official at
Chagaunas North. The official challenged
via the appeal, among other grounds, that
"the credentials committee had no juris-
diction to decide that my school lost the
games that Joshua Garcia (one of the names
in question) played in."
The SSFL constitution states that cre-
dentials committee is to refer all matters
for judgement to the disciplinary committee.
Chaguanas North, however, was never sum-
moned to appear before the disciplinary
committee, but only the credentials com-
mittee. The credentials committee is chaired
by Ganesh Ramlogan, an assistant manager
of Carapichaima s football team.
In the initial verdict, on a letter dated
October 31 (Thursday) and signed by SSFL
Chaguanas North appeal goes
to disciplinary committee
general secretary Azaad Mohammed Khan, Chaguanas
North was instructed: "I (Khan) have been directed
by the Credentials Committee of the league to write
you Re. the decision of the Committee which inves-
tigated the bona fides of Joshua Garcia, Jaeel Jeffrey
and Ainsley County." The committee found that
Garcia did not satisfy the "transfer of players criteria",
stating that he repeated Form Five twice.
The letter also said the committee found Jeffrey was
properly registered but "have sought and is awaiting
legal advice" on the issues of County and Garcia,
before a ruling is made.
In response, the same day as the SSFL s letter was
dated, and two hours before the Big-Five match
between Presentation College and Carapichaima
kicked off, Chaguanas North s, via an official, appealed.
The official concluded that the game (Big-Five) involv-
ing the Central Zone representatives should be placed
on hold pending the outcome of the appeal.
Contacted for comment, Chaguanas North coach
Nicholas Griffith said he felt the schools was suffering
from victimization, by officials from the SSFL, who
are also employed at Carapichaima East.
"They wait for us to beat Carapichaima on the
final day to raise an issue," said Griffith. Griffith also
noted that the post-dated letter provided by the
SSFL and faxed to Chaguanas North was dated Octo-
ber 31, a day after it was actually sent to the school.
"The fax came in after 3 pm, when school was already
Griffith revealed yesterday that the appeal was
accepted and would go before the disciplinary com-
Khan was also contacted, and when asked why
the decision came from the credentials committee
and not the disciplinary committee, he said, "That
should not have happened. It should have gone to
the disciplinary committee." Khan was also asked if
Chaguanas North s appeal is successful, would the
school have the opportunity to play Presentation
College in a replay of the semifinal. He replied, "No.
The Presentation is in the final. The decision stands.
I can give you a reason, but off the record."
Chaguanas North's Ainsley County and Joshua Eneau
of Carapichaima East Secondary clash during the
second-leg BGTT First Citizens Secondary Schools
Football League Central Zone fixture, last month.
Chaguanas North won the fixture 2-1, but the SSFL
adjudged that Chaguanas North used an ineligible
player and awarded a 3-0 win to Carapichaima, which
won it the league title. PHOTO: ANTHONY HARRIS
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