...Now Super League suffering also
The Blink/bmobile National Super have not escaped the apparent dispute between the Ministry of Sport and the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation (TTFF), which has seen the local football governing body being denied Government funding in the last six months.
"For the first time in 11 years the Super League has not received a cent from the Ministry of Sport and they have not replied to a letter from the Super League," stated Super League organiser Anthony Harford, who is also chairman of the TTFF'S financial arm.
Harford said that when his All Sport Promotions company took over running the semi-professional league 11 years ago, it was firmly established that at least one Tobago team be included, so as to spread the football throughout the country. Harford said Government would usually provide the cost of travel for teams going to play the Tobago teams and vice-verse. Two Tobago teams, Stokely Vale and 1976 FC Phoenix play in the Super League.
"Everyone knows the cost of going to Tobago. There is no question of impropriety involving the travel. You know how many persons are traveling and the cost," Harford declared. "But this year they have not given us anything and have not even replied when we tried to contact them."
Harford said the lack of this important component of sponsorship has placed tremendous pressure on All-Sport.