End of the road for the TTFA? Members call EGM but debt still casts life-threatening shadow

December 5 – Members of the Trinidad and Tobago FA (TTFA) have called an extraordinary general meeting in a bid to ensure the end of the Normalisation Committee currently running the game in the country.

The TTFA have been under the control of a FIFA-imposed Normalisation Committee since March 2020. That mandate was extended to March 2023.

TTFA members are attempting to put pressure on FIFA to ensure that it ends then and elections are held for a new president and executive committee.

The membership argue that the Normalisation Committee’s mandate has been completed with the final piece of that jigsaw being the financial agreement creditors that is in the hands of the courts.

Rumours have been circulating in Trinidad that FIFA and Concacaf were nevertheless seeking to extend the Normalisation Committee’s mandate for a further two years. Sources have confirmed to Insideworldfootball that this is “absolutely not the case”.

What is a bigger issue for the TTFA is that there is $8 million of debt that is not being accounted for despite the creditor’s agreement.

That leaves the TTFA in a precarious position.

If elections are held in March and the new president and his executive committee cannot find a solution to that debt then the TTFA would continue to be trading insolvently. Support and patience for the TTFA within in FIFA and Concacaf is clearly running thin and there would be little chance of getting their backing.

That would mean the potential bankruptcy of the TTFA and it ceasing to exist.

No FIFA member federation in the past has been forced into liquidation.

For the country that would mean having to reapply for membership with a new association to Concacaf and then FIFA. For that to happen both governing bodies would have to be confident in the personnel promoting any new national FA. Currently that doesn’t look like being the case.

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