Former senior men’s national team manager David Muhammad has written to Minister of Sport Anil Roberts, expressing disappointment in T&T Football Federation (T&TFF) marketing director Anthony Harford, for leaving the eleven members of the senior national squad staff unpaid, while paying himself.
In a letter addressed to both Harford and the Minister of Sport Anil Roberts, Muhammad advised that after expiration of the staff’s contracts, he was told by TTFF general secretary Richard Groden that fees amounting to $993,000, owing to staff members, would be paid in the space of weeks. Muhammad said, however, this never materialised.
However, according to Muhammed, after being told that Harford had collected the money on the staff’s behalf for the issuing of payments, he was told by Harford that the money was used for support of the Under-17, U-20 and U-23 national teams.
In the letter he said: “We did not make a fuss about this, as we all support football and were assured by Mr Harford that he would see about our matter. We were startled, however, when we heard Mr Roberts in the parliament state that Mr Harford used a figure of $936,250 to pay himself.”
Muhammed said that he and his staff expected Harford to deny the allegations immediately, but were “painfully disappointed” to understand that Harford called a press conference in which he stated that the funds were used for the payment of All Sport Promotions, of which Harford is a director.
The letter states: “We felt that our silence should be broken at this point, especially as a lot of public sympathy seemed to be aroused for a situation where all of the facts are not known. On behalf of my former staff, we table our concerns and inquiries regarding monies owed to us. We also collectively express our disappointment in Mr Harford’s handling of this matter and feel somewhat of a sense of betrayal.”