Dissatisfied clubs in football's Super League are planning a league of their own.
Guardian Media Sports learnt yesterday that close to 12 clubs have already agreed to take steps toward the formation of their super league competition that will ensure that clubs and players are paid.
Two club members who wish to remain anonymous revealed a letter expressing their desire has already been sent to the parent T&T Football Association for approval of the league which can be recognised as the official second-tier football competition.
The members could not say exactly how the tournament will be set up, but they said a meeting of the general membership is set to take place sometime soon.
It is understood the clubs, some of which did not play in the Super League last season because of their inability to pay the registration fees of $45,000, have been disenchanted with the general administration of the League, as well as its inability to secure sponsorship.
For the past two years, the League has had no prize money, either because of the refusal of Caribbean Football Trust Limited (CFTL) to pay earnings to clubs, or difficulty to gain a sponsor this year.
Guaya United's owner and manager Randy Hagley yesterday told us that he would not be paying any money to play football this year. His team has enjoyed more winnings than any other club in the TTSL, including double achievements of the TTSL League and CFTL's League Cup tournaments back in 2017 season that was expected to land them close to $200,000.
The Guayaguayare men are still to receive their winnings as well as monies for their fourth place finish last season.
The clubs are angry over the amount of money they have had to put out for no returns. Apart from a whopping $45, 000 registration fee, clubs also had to fork out an additional $5, 000 caution fee and a number of operating expenses that range from travel for matches, refreshment and meals, uniforms and miscellaneous expenses that include gear for players. "This amounts to well over $200,000 for clubs and in the end, we get absolutely nothing," one club member explained.
This year promises to be no different as clubs face another mountain of challenges, one of which now requires them to be TTFA compliant.
A top executive from the TTSL Board said he is uncertain of how the league will function this year, as there is unlikely to be any promotion or demotion of clubs, though the Champions of Champions play-off is set to swing into action soon.
The champions of champions tournament will feature the top teams from the different Regional Associations- Northern FA, Southern FA, Central FA, Tobago FA and Eastern FA, battling for the right to be elevated to the super league.
The super league is scheduled to have its first meeting on January 26 at the Queen's Park Oval, Port-of-Spain.