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Former national football
player Brent Sancho was
brought to tears as Prime Min-
ister Kamla Persad-Bissessar
agreed to pay the Soca Warriors
the outstanding US$1.3 million
for their role in the 2006 Fifa
World Cup campaign in Ger-
That figure represented the
sum owed to the players by the
T&T Football Association. Some
of the players accepted lower
sums while Sancho and the oth-
ers demanded the full payment.
during a hastily arranged news
conference at the Diplomatic
Centre, St Ann s, promised the
footballers the remaining money.
She said the matter was dis-
cussed and approved by Cabi-
Apart from Sancho, Stern
John and others attended the
She said the government was
under no legal obligation to
make any payment to the play-
"We are not unmindful of the
long and protracted legal battles
waged by these football heroes
of ours," she added.
She said the team had brought
the nation together when it
qualified for the finals.
They were "still owed and
entitled to a payment from an
entity, in the TTFF, that is
unlikely to be in a position to
pay," she said but added that the
payment would in no way prej-
udice any other course of action
being pursued by the players.
Sancho, who spoke on behalf
of the players, said they were
committed to the legal challenge
against the TTFF and when they
succeeded and were paid they
would repay the Government.
He said the players were over-
whelmed by the decision by the
Government to pay them.
"This moment means more
than we can describe," he added.
He recalled the humiliation,
torment and even blacklisting
of the players since they made
the demands and said the
careers of some of the Soca War-
riors had ended prematurely.
John spoke with reporters
afterwards, saying administrators
must take the footballers more
seriously and treat them with
In many instances, he said,
administrators travel comfortably
while the players were cramped
for space but the footballer must
be treated with more respect if
the sport is to be rebuilt in T&T.
also announced she was leaving
for Brazil yesterday to attend the
World Cup semifinals and finals
on Sunday on a private trip with
She said the trip was privately
• October 2005: T&T national
senior football team, Soca
Warriors, qualifies for the 2006
World Cup in Germany after a
two-leg playoff with Bahrain.
• June 2006: Fifa vice-president
and T&T Football Federation
special adviser Jack Warner
promises the team a bonus of 50
per cent of all World Cup revenues
of US$3 million (TT$19.23)
• May 2008: The London-based
Sport Dispute Resolution Panel
rules Warner's promise was a
binding contractual agreement
which must be upheld.
• November 2008: TTFF applies
to High Court judge Devindra
Rampersad to stay the decision of
• July 2010: Justice Rampersad
dismisses the TTFF's application
and orders it to pay the
• May 2011: TTFF makes a first
interim payment of US$1.1 million
• February 2012: Players levy on
TTFF's headquarters at
Dundonald Street, Port-of-Spain,
seizing all removable items in an
attempt to recover a TT$4.2
million (US$655,000) second
payment ordered by Rampersad.
• May 2013: Current T&T Football
Association president Raymond
Tim Kee announces that his newly
re-branded organisation is in talks
with the players to bring an end
to the dispute.
• July 2014: Prime Minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar announces that
Government will pay the
remaining US$1.3 million (TT$8.33
million) owed to the footballers.
Former football jefe, Jack Warner, wants the
Government to bail out former president of T&T
Football Federation (T&TFF) Oliver Camps,
whose home could be seized for outstanding
monies paid to a foreign coach.
Warner s plea came shortly after Prime Minister
Kamla Persad-Bissessar announced the Govern-
ment was paying off the US$1.3 million owed to
the former Soca Warriors for their efforts in the
2006 World Cup campaign in Germany.
Camps, who served football for over 50 years
as president and team manager, signed a prom-
issory note for US$$480,000 on behalf of the
TTFF to hire Dutch national Wim Risenberg as
coach of the national team.
The TTFF has been unable to raise the money
and now the law firm of Al Roberts, father of the
Minister of Sport Anil Roberts, is moving to levy
on Camps, 98.
Warner said: "If the Prime Minister really wants
to demonstrate that this is truly benevolence and
not public relations to lift the flagging image of
her Minister of Sport, then I wish to advise her
to go further and save the home of Oliver Camps.
"Mr Camps home is now threatened. If he
cannot raise the money he will lose it by September
2014, if not before."
Warner also said he hoped the furniture and
the archival material which the T&T Football
Association lost when the Soca Warriors levied
on the organisation would be returned.
"This group of footballers, who played three
matches in the 2006 World Cup in Germany and
who never scored a goal nor won a match there,
and who now stand to benefit from the Prime
Minister s benevolent gesture, received $20 million
from the Patrick Manning administration, $7 mil-
lion from Fifa, $4 million from the T&TFF, $6
million from Jack Warner through the courts of
T&T and now US$1.3 million from the People s
Partnership Government, a total sum of close to
$50 million, and this excludes gifts from private
organisations like Clico and others. It is my sincere
wish that this is the end of this story."
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Warner to Kamla:
Help Camps too
State picks up US$1.3m
tab for footballers
We will repay Government---Sancho
SOCA WARRIORS TIMELINE
Former Soca Warriors Brent Sancho, third from left, thanks Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar following her announcement
yesterday at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann's, of Government's intention to settle the US$1.3 million debt owed to Soca Warriors for
the 2006 World Cup campaign. Looking on, from left, are former national players, Atiba Charles, Cyd Gray, Stern John, Anthony Wolfe,
Cornell Glen and Aurtis Whitley. PHOTO: MICHEAL BRUCE
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