Friday, December 15, 2017

TTFA receive $420,000 from Sport Ministry


At practise: Trinidad and Tobago national team players Willis Plaza, left, Andre Boucaud and Densil Theobald preparing on Tuesday at the Hasely Crawford Stadium for international matches against World Cup qualifiers Argentina and Iran in early June. —Photo: TTFA media

Mark Fraser

 The Ministry of Sport donated $420,000 to the Trinindad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) for the historic international friendly between Trinidad and Tobago and Argentina scheduled for June 4 in the South American country.

The Warriors are currently in training and will depart on June 1 for Argentina. They play Argentina on June 4, before depating for Brazil to play another World Cup qualifier, Iran, in Sao Paulo on June 8.

A release from the Sport Ministry stated its commitment to local football and to the national team’s development by helping to make these outings comfortable for players and staff. 

It further added that the hope was that these tough friendlies will serve the players in good stead for future matches for club and country. Through its implementation arm, the Sports Company of Trinidad and Tobago, the Ministry of Sport presented a cheque for just over TT$420,000 to the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association. 

The funding is meant to cover the camp-related expenses for the national senior men’s team, who play two-time World Cup winners Argentina and Iran during their South American tour.

Anil Roberts, Minister of Sport, said: “The Ministry is happy to continue its support of the national team in this way. Playing against top quality opposition is good for any team and will redound to the benefit of the squad and the individual players. 

‘’It’s also a fantastic opportunity for the fans to get a taste of the World Cup action, seeing our Warriors and sons of the soil in full flight against favourites Argentina ahead of their participation in the biggest football event in the world.”