A US$500,000 sponsorship is set to put a newly-rebranded T&T Pro League on track soon, a source close to the League has revealed on Tuesday.
Guardian Media Sports was reliably informed that the newfound sponsorship, from a local organization, could lead to the abandonment of the UEFA/FIFA-proposed T-League which has struggled to get the funding from the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs and the FIFA Forward Project.
It is uncertain why monies from the Ministry of Sports have not been forthcoming after minister Shamfa Cudjoe made it clear approval has already been given for its release to clubs.
According to the source, a meeting of the pro league clubs will be held today at 10 am at the office of the Home of Football in Balmain Couva, to decide if the pro league will proceed on its own with some of the initiatives of the UEFA and FIFA.
The meeting will also seek to decide on the prize structure for the pro league, a new name for the league, the format and a starting date.
If the Pro League gets going, then a call will be made by pro league clubs for the abandonment of the football commission, which was created to steer T&T football into the new era of the T-League.
According to the source, the majority of the clubs are in favour of the Pro League going it alone. They also believe the time has come for the pro league to have its own second division tournament, which could fit into the aspirations of the UEFA and FIFA recommendations highlighted in the T-League.
Last week this newspapers reported recently that the T&T Super League clubs were lobbying the organisers of the Ascension Invitational Football League to play a second round of competition, as stated by the sponsors of the League at its launch two months ago.
However, the source explained that clubs are against this request, as they believe it was being done by a group with an agenda to destabilize the sport because of its desire to seek governance of the sport later on this year.
"There is a heavy distrust for super league clubs and its chairman Keith Look Loy because of a perceived agenda ahead of the T&T Football Association Elections in November. If this group gets its way, then its members will make TTFA president David John-Williams and national coach Dennis Lawrence look bad, for them to look like saviours of local football," the source said.
The source labelled the Ascension league as a glorified Minor League, designed for Terminix La Horquetta Rangers to win, saying the La Horquetta based club which took over the franchise of St Ann's Rangers just over a year ago, is the only club that will play all its matches at home.
From the 10 pro league clubs, Guardian Media Sports understand that only one team- Club Sando, has come out in support of an extended round to the Ascension League. However, pro league clubs have already discussed among themselves, that super league contenders Cunupia FC will be an adequate replacement for Club Sando in the Pro League.