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Warner to Kamla: Help Camps too
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 Government 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 promissory 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 million 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.”