Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Tim Kee backing for CONCACAF boss



Mark Fraser

 Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) President Raymond Tim Kee is backing CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb to transform the regional confederation into a more dynamic and successful organisation in the months ahead.

This was the reaction from Tim Kee following meetings with Webb when the two met to hold discussions on local and regional football during his visit to Port of Spain recently.

Tim Kee added that while there has been some type of organisational analysis of the TTFA since he has been president, he intends to see the process continued particularly through the work of the Independent Football Reform Commission. 

He intends to have a closer look at the environments in which the TTFA, its future role and influence in taking the game forward, and the impact of its interaction with other organisations and stakeholders. 

Webb, mere days before his visit to Port of Spain on behalf of CONCACAF, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with UEFA to mutually develop the game in the Confederation

The agreement is similar in nature to that signed between CONCACAF and the Confederation of African Football in April 2013. Webb and UEFA president Michel Platini signed the agreement which will provide CONCACAF with technical assistance and support while building a strong connection with sporting, social, cultural and educational benefits. 

Among some the areas of discussions held with Webb included establishing systems and operations to see the TTFA itself become a more viable organisation through partnerships with stakeholders and corporate T&T as well as the Government of Trinidad and Tobago. 

“Our discussions were all geared towards the development of the game in Trinidad and Tobago and ways in which both CONCACAF and TTFA can work together to promote and enhance the sport,” Tim Kee said. 

“Mr Webb has our country’s interest at heart and he said to me that while he is aware of the challenges we are faced with, he is committed towards working with us to solve the issues we are faced with and to help us gain momentum as we try to move forward,” added Tim Kee, who said that Webb was also pleased with the support afforded to the TTFA by the Ministry of Sport and the Ministry of Tourism as well as SPORTT.

FIFA development officer Howard McIntosh continues to work with the TTFA as it attempts to pick up speed and recently FIFA women’s football consultant Andrea Rodebaugh visited T&T for two days of meetings aimed at improving local women’s football.