Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 28th 2014 Contents A62
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Former national defender,
Brent Sancho, who has represent-
ed several players from the 2006
World Cup squad in a bonus dis-
pute with the T&T Football Asso-
ciation (TTFA), yesterday blasted
the local governing body for foot-
ball, for its failure to adhere to
payment dates, and for its
(TTFA s) call for patience in the
"TTFA made a deal. If they
decided to use money meant for
youth development or to fund var-
ious programmes, that was their
choice. If TTFA want to avoid
returning to court in February, they
are going about it the wrong way,"
said Sancho in a three-page letter
addressed to TTFA president Ray-
mond Tim Kee.
This was in response to a recent
newspaper article in which TTFA
director of communications, Shaun
Fuentes, was quoted as saying the
TTFA used funds originally intend-
ed for development and national
teams to pay the players in the first
lump sum, after both parties set-
According to Sancho, following
the payment of the lump sum, no
subsequent payments were
received on the dates agreed to by
In response to the Newsday arti-
cle printed on Sunday, Sancho said,
"How dare he (Fuentes) criticise
players for wanting what was
promised? How dare he place the
blame and lack of funding for the
youths and women at our feet?
Just tell the truth, Mr Fuentes.
TTFA made a deal that they could
not keep. Now the players are
angry. Accept it. Stop making
excuses and own up to your fail-
Sancho asked why should the
player be patient as the bonuses
were seven years overdue.
"Isn t that patience enough?
And, then we still waited for
another three months. It s childish
and ridiculous of you, as intelligent
men to suggest that we be patient.
After the abuse that we suffered
from the previous regime, why
should we expect any different?"
Sancho admitted to publically
criticising the TTFA for failing to
adhere to its promise, and
acknowledged the TTFA s right to
explain the delays, but said the
players do not have to accept them.
He said: "Any competent
administration would have fully
funded their youth programmes,
their women s teams and paid their
players and coaches. How? By
working with us (the World Cup
players) to reclaim the hundreds
of millions of dollars that have
been proven to have disappeared
during the TTFA reign.
"You have the evidence to get
back the money that was taken,
money that can fund your pro-
grammes for the next decade. And,
while crying about the poor youth,
how about taking back the Con-
cacaf Centre of Excellence? Our
national team coach can t find a
decent surface to train on, and you
can t afford to rent the facility that
was built to develop the
Caribbean s footballers."
Sancho indicated that the play-
ers intention of returning to court,
is due to the inability of the TTFA
to honour the agreement.
Responding to Sancho s letter,
Fuentes said the TTFA has been
in contact with the players and
said the association does not intend
on engaging in a public spat. He
said the TTFA is currently suffering
from financial limitations, and is
doing everything in its power to
finally put the matter to rest.
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar is greeted by Daren Ganga, ambassador for sport at Sunday's
Masquerade Gala produced by CreativeTT and held Under the Trees at the Normandie, St Ann's, Port-of-
Sancho: TTFA stop
Manager of the national cricket
team Manohar Ramsaran says that
batsman Darren Bravo is in great spir-
its and ready to deliver big runs for
T&T in the upcoming Nagico Super50
cricket tournament which bowls off
on Thursday at the Queen s Park Oval,
Bravo left the West Indies tour of
New Zealand during the early stages
of the limited overs series, citing per-
sonal reasons for his departure. He
returned home and was given time
away from the game to deal with his
situation and now he is ready for cricket
again, according to Ramsaran.
"Darren is in great spirits and this
tells me that he is ready for the game
again and will deliver big runs for T&T
in the upcoming tournament," said
"He has been a great performer for
this country and it is good to see that
he is back with us and ready to deliv-
er."The former Sports Minister said the
team spirit was very good and with the
arrival back home of skipper Dwayne
Bravo, things are looking good going
into this tournament.
"Dwayne is back home and he was
actually skippering the team during the
washed out game against the Wind-
wards on Sunday. He has brought this
togetherness with him and the team is
"The players all want to do well for
their country. They know that with the
home advantage fans would expect us
to do very well in this tournament so
they are looking to get their focus right
and get it early going into game one."
T&T will play their first game on
Sunday against Barbados at the Queen s
Park Oval starting at 1.30 pm.
Meanwhile, at the moment 12 of the
14 man squad is available to play. Sunil
Narine is still in South Africa playing
their domestic T20 tournament, while
Ravi Rampaul is still not 100 per cent
recovered from his hand injury. Accord-
ing to Ramsaran, he will be ready for
the opening match.
"Ravi saw the WICB doctor Anil
Gopiesingh and he stated that he will
be ready for selection come Sunday.
We are going to give him the required
rest over the next few days, so that he
increases his chances of being fully
recovered in time for Sunday."
The T&T players will have a training
session at the National Cricket Centre
(NCC) this morning from 9.30 am, as
they continue their preparations.
The tournament gets off in earnest
on Thursday with the defending cham-
pions Windward Islands taking on
Jamaica from 1.30 pm at the Oval.
Manohar: Expect great
things from Bravo
West Indies opener Kieran Powell
has been named as captain of the Lee-
ward Islands for the upcoming Nagico
The 23-year-old left-hander, who
led West Indies A on the One-Day tour
of India last year, will have livewire
wicket-keeper Devon Thomas as his
The Leeward Islands Cricket Asso-
ciation announced the squad yesterday,
which also includes several experienced
players -- leg-spinner Anthony Martin,
allrounder Justin Athanaze, and fast
bowlers Gavin Tonge and Lionel Baker
-- who were members of the victorious
There is also a call-up for Mali
Richards, the son of legend Sir Vivian
Richards. Mali, 30, is a stylish middle-
order batsman. He was impressive dur-
ing the recent Leewards training camp
in St Kitts.
The Leewards have been drawn in
Zone B alongside home team T&T, Bar-
bados, and Combined Campuses &
Colleges. Their opening match is on
Saturday against CCC.
The NAGICO Super50 tournament
will run from January 30 to February
15 and will be broadcast live on ESPN
for television viewers and on Caribbean
Super Station radio. Matches at Queen s
Park Oval will be day/night fixtures
while matches at Shaw Park, Tobago
will be day games.
The champions will take home the
Clive Lloyd Trophy---named in honour
of the legendary captain of the 1975
and 1979 World Cup winning teams.
LEEWARDS SQUAD: Kieran Powell
(captain), Devon Thomas (vice
Athanaze, Lionel Baker, Quinton
Boatswain, Rahkeem Cornwall,
Jahmar Hamilton (wicket-keeper),
Montcin Hodge, Sylvester Joseph,
Anthony Martin, Mali Richards, Gavin
Tonge, Hayden Walsh, Kelbert
Reserves: Lyndel Richardson, Yannick
Leonard, Orlando Peters.
Powell to lead Leewards
in Nagico Super50
AMBASSADOR AND THE PM
Links Archive January 27th 2014 January 29th 2014 Navigation Previous Page Next Page