The United TTFA, being led by William Wallace, views the new T&T Football Association's League of Champions tournament as a mere political gimmick.
The tournament was launched on Monday morning, mere hours before president David John-Williams revealed that financial commitment purported to have been given by the Junior Sammy Group of Companies to the United TTFA group, was a fake.
Yesterday the United TTFA, in its third release in less than a week, said the League of Champions was a move to create an impression that the John-Williams administration was doing something for local club football.
on Wednesday the United TTFA said that the League was also designed to undermine the T&T Super League, as the general policy of United TTFA is to promote football in T&T, and within that, to foster the development of club football.
Wallace, who heads the slate alongside his vice presidents- Clynt Taylor (CFA), Sam Phillips and Susan Joseph-Warrick, said "United TTFA condemns the use of our club football as a mere tool in the political arsenal of the David John-Williams administration, and as cheap gimmicky ahead of the 24 November TTFA annual general meeting (AGM) for the election of officers.
United TTFA promises the TTFA electorate and the people of T&T that it will adopt the necessary measures to establish a proper elite league in 2020, the groundwork for which has already been laid."
They noted the group drew its conclusion based on (1): A proposal for the formation of the league has not been submitted for approval to the TTFA Board of Directors, 2:The clear absence of objective criteria in the selection of the league's membership. Specifically, we point to a) the fact that of the fourteen proposed members only three are 2018 champions (of CFA, SFA and NFA), b) the inclusion of two clubs that have not participated in regional or any other TTFA-affiliated football since 2017, and c) the inclusion of several clubs that have been legitimately suspended by the TT Super League.
3. United TTFA also notes: a) TTFA website information on this league includes a "National Under-20 team", which is a clear hoax as the TTFA Board of Directors has not authorized the formation of, nor appointed a staff to, any such national team to participate in this league, and b) TTFA website information also includes reference to two TT Super League clubs - Prisons FC and Petit Valley/Diego Martin United FC - which are not participating in this so-called TTFA League of Champions, while fixtures include the former:
4. The David John-Williams administration has not met with the TTFA Referee Committee to discuss and organize match officials for this league. This is disrespectful and unprofessional.
5. United TTFA is alarmed at the fact that the David John-Williams administration is prepared to spend approximately one million dollars (TTD 1M) on a pick up league when it consistently maintained it did not have funding for the proposed T-League that was agreed to under a Memorandum of Agreement signed by TTFA, the TT Pro League and the TTF Super League. United TTFA calls for disclosure of the source of funding for this league.