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TTFA staff pleads with President to end court battle over accounts

first_imgCMC – STAFF of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) who have not received salaries since February, are pleading with deposed president William Wallace to end his battle for control of the organisation’s bank accounts, which they say is standing in the way of them being paid.In a letter written to Wallace, in which they pointed out they have not been paid for March or April, they urged the embattled football boss to look at the “human side” of their plight.“There now exists an urgent and stressful situation that has been thrust upon the staff due to the nonpayment of salaries for a second consecutive month,” they wrote.Wallace is battling a normalization committee set up by football’s world governing body FIFA to run the affairs of the beleaguered TTFA, for control of the association’s bank accounts at First Citizens Bank here.The association is threatening legal action if it is not granted access to the accounts. However, the bank has refused both the TTFA and the normalization committee led by local businessman Robert Hadad, saying that only a ruling by the court or other resolution would alter its position.In their May 2 letter, the TTFA’s employees who were last paid from borrowed monies at the end of the February, lamented being caught in the middle of that battle.They noted that it was the beginning of a third month that administrative staff had not received salaries, and some technical staff members had not been paid for as long as six months.“If control of the TTFA accounts is taken before the courts to be settled, staff members will have to endure extreme hardship because of the extended time we will have to go without a means to be paid.`Members of staff have already begun to get calls from creditors,” the unsigned letter stated, noting that some members of staff are their households’ sole breadwinners.The workers, who were sent home since March 15 when the TTFA closed its office because of the COVID-19 pandemic, added that full-time staff are currently employed and do not qualify for any of the government assistance programmes. Additionally, they said, members of staff have also been refused assistance through the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) because of nonpayment of statutory deductions.“Please note that this is not an attempt for us to make any sort of political statement or take sides in the ongoing dispute between yourself and the normalization committee; however, the situation as it is now affects us greatly and directly, and we have never been granted the privilege of being solicited for an opinion,” the correspondence to Wallace stated.“We would highlight that there are two separate dimensions to this scenario that one must take into consideration. They are the human side and the professional side.”However, Wallace told the Trinidad Guardian his position remained unchanged.“Our position is what it was when we took action. It hasn’t changed,” he said.Back on April 17, TTFA lawyer Matthew Gayle wrote to First Citizens Bank warning of court action if the bank attempted “to change the signatories on the account … without the express approval of Mr William Wallace (former TTFA president) and/or the duly elected executives”.The battle for control of the accounts comes amid the TTFA’s challenge at the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in Switzerland, to FIFA’s decision to appoint the normalization committee that has been mandated to create a debt repayment plan for the association, review its statutes and ensure their adherence to FIFA regulations, and oversee new elections.last_img

Ali helps Tallawahs destroy Zouks

first_imgJamaica Tallawahs 160/5 (Asif Ali 47*, Phillips 44, Powell 26, Brathwaite 18*; Williams 2/32, Cornwall 1/9, McCoy 1/28, Nabi 0/13) beat St Lucia Zouks 158/7 (Chase 52, Najibullah 25, Fletcher 22, Deyal 17; Mujeeb 2/25, Permaul 2/34, Lamichhane 1/23, Russell 1/32) by 5 wicketsASIF Ali finished the game in style as the Jamaica Tallawahs middle-order put the rest of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) on notice, recovering from a top-order collapse to make light work of a tricky target against the St Lucia Zouks.Rakheem Cornwall battered Oshane Thomas for two fours in the game’s first over, and Andre Russell dropped Andre Fletcher on just 4, but captain Rovman Powell made no mistake when Cornwall hit it to him at cover when the batsman was on 9.Mark Deyal cut Mujeeb-ur-Rahman for four and lofted Permaul for consecutive Hero Maximums, but Permaul had his revenge, with keeper Chadwick Walton taking a neat catch. Fletcher struggled against Mujeeb but sent Permaul into the stands over long-on, and the Zouks closed the GuardianLife Powerplay at 52/2.Thomas sent down four wides and was pulled for four by Chase, and while Russell’s bouncer was too hot for Fletcher to handle, Chase was quickly onto a hook for his first six. Najibullah Zadran launched Sandeep Lamichhane onto the grass bank, and another boundary from Chase off Russell took the Zouks to 86/3 at halfway.Lamichhane kept Najibullah quiet with a series of googlies, and while Chase relieved the pressure with a pull off Carlos Brathwaite and a cover drive off Lamichhane, the Nepalese spinner came back beautifully to almost have Chase out twice in two balls.Big hitters Darren Sammy and Mohammad Nabi were kept waiting as Chase and Najibullah were forced to run hard to keep the scoreboard ticking. Four twos in a row might have taken it out of Najibullah as a flat-bat found only Powell at long-off, the catch held despite a collision with Permaul.Nabi took Mujeeb for a huge Hero Maximum and a deft four, but his countryman took revenge with a simple return catch. Chase brought up his first-ever T20 fifty off 39 balls, but Mujeeb beat him in the flight to give Thomas a simple catch at point.With Russell accurate at the death, Sammy was forced to risk a tight second run and Powell’s hard throw found him short. Despite the slow finish, the Zouks’ 158/7 was the highest total of Hero CPL 2020 so far.The Tallawahs struggled early, and a frustrated Walton skied Obed McCoy to Sammy at mid-off. The Zouks used a different bowler for each of the first four overs, and none of them went for even a single boundary.Nicholas Kirton tried to break free, but Deyal pulled off the Republic Bank Classic Catch of the tournament so far, leaping almost behind him to pluck a pull shot from the sky and reduce the Tallawahs to 13/2 in the 5th over.Powell began the rescue mission off his first two balls, hitting Scott Kuggeleijn for four and then a powerful flat Hero Maximum. Phillips lofted Zahir Khan or a four-and-six pair of his own, but at 36/2 Tallawahs were behind the game after the Powerplay.But it was a different story in the middle overs. Phillips meted out brutal treatment to Kesrick Williams, and Powell clubbed a pull followed by a straight six off Zahir. All of a sudden, the Tallawahs were ahead of the required run rate.Sammy sensed the danger and brought back McCoy, and Phillips had to wait till the last ball of the over for a boundary. Powell tried to take on Cornwall but found only deep midwicket, and at the Angostura LLB drinks break, the Tallawahs were 78/3, needing a further 83, and the game was finely balanced.But Asif Ali blasted his third ball over the ropes and was unfazed by the loss of Phillips. A four off Nabi kept things ticking, and a free hit and a brutal Russell cut shot meant the 13th over went for double figures. Russell pulled the last ball of the fourth for four and Tallawahs entered the last six overs needing 50.The 15th over went boundary-less, and Russell and Asif had to take a chance off Zahir’s last. They responded in style, with Asif dancing down the track for a Hero Maximum and Russell easing a short ball for four.The Zouks had a chance when a Williams slower ball drew a thin edge from Russell, and thus Brathwaite joined Asif with the required run rate above 9. But an Asif dink and two Brathwaite bludgeons, plus a dropped catch by Sammy, meant Kuggeleijn’s last over went for 16 and the game was as good as won.The Zouks will feel they left a few runs out there, and Sammy underused himself and Nabi, but the day belonged to Tallawahs’ power-hitters.  A good measure of how comfortable they were in the end, despite Andre Russell scoring at under a run a ball, was that they won the game with an over to spare.last_img read more

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