Time for TTFA boss to ride out …”WOMEN IGNORED”

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It is clear now! David John-Williams must resign as President of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA).

John-Williams has been involved in so many controversies since he became soccer boss in 2015.

Members of the executive want him to do so. They want answers for the construction of a hotel in Couva, but nothing has come from John-Williams.

Now another bacchanal has emerged which does not put the football boss in a good light.

The women who represent Trinidad and Tobago at the highest level, are frustrated as nothing has been put in place for training before qualification for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France next month.

The TTFA is yet to appoint a coach for the national team, ahead of the CONCACAF Women’s Championship which takes place in the United States from October 4-17. Eight teams will compete in this tournament for the three automatic qualification spots in next year’s World Cup.

Canadian-born Arin King took to her Facebook page on Thursday and posted “21 days away from our final stage of World Cup Qualifiers!! NO CAMP & NO OFFICIAL COACH! This is madness. Help us make a change for Women’s Football and to inspire Trinidad and Tobago! #ISTANDWITHTTWSW We are simply asking for support.

#RoadToFrance2019 #EQUALITY.”

Another member of the team, Lauryn Hutchinson, has called for interested people to support a proposed training camp in Richmond, Virginia, where she lives, by providing the national players with accommodation, meals and/or training gear.

She added, “We wanna bring the team to Richmond, we wanna create our own camp. If you have any resources that you can donate to us, please, please, please reach out to me.”

The national women’s team suffered similar struggles during its campaign for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. In 2014, former coach Randy Waldrum posted a tweet outlining the lack of support for the team ahead of the CONCACAF Championship. It took Haiti, one of the poorest nations in the Western Hemisphere to pledge a donation to assist its Caribbean neighbours.

Maylee Attin-Johnson, who was the captain of the team during the 2015 qualifiers, wrote on her Facebook page, “Even though I’m not (a part) of things, I stand with the (TT team)!!! I believe one day it will get better!!!!!!#ifeelforthem#notmuchhaschange#praythatgodshinesonthem#keepfighting#”

Former national footballer, Brent Sancho, “I’m disappointed to hear that the women’s team has gotten to this state, particularly from three years ago when we had a very successful women’s football league.

“We never built on that. It’s basically disheartening to see a team that are minutes away from qualifying for a World Cup being treated in this way, not just from the (TTFA) but corporate Trinidad and Tobago and the Government. No one has really given them any support.”

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