Under fire Warner battles to retain control of Trinidad Centre of Excellence

December 9 – The walls are closing in on former FIFA vice president and Concacaf president Jack Warner. Having lost his appeal against extradition to the US, earlier this week he lost a first round legal battle with Concacaf over a long running dispute concerning the Dr Joao Havelange Centre of Excellence in Macoya, Trinidad.

The Centre of Excellence has long been a contentious issue, with Warner claiming that the facility was gifted to him by former FIFA president Havelange while Concacaf claim that the facility was actually provided for the confederation and for the use of all its members.

Earlier this year Warner had listed the sale of the Centre of Excellence privately with a real estate agency, Zipcode Properties Trinidad, in Port of Spain.

The listing price was $39 million.

The property assets were listed as follows:

  • Approx 26 Acres (1,150,000 sf)
  • Freehold land
  • Industrial area /Commercial use
  • Price 275M ($239 / sf)
  • Annual Revenue pre-Covid

Combination of tenants and events between 12-15M over a period of 3 years

  • Currently in negotiations with claimant for an out of court settlement

Comprising of:

  1. Indoor Facility Building

-Ground floor 113,578 sq ft

– First Floor 48,230 sq ft

Stadium Facility

– Grand Stand

Ground floor 12285 s ft

First Floor 4638 sq ft

Second Floor 594 sq ft

Third Floor 1234 sq ft

One (1) Olympic / FIFA approved sized football field with artificial turf

  1. Garden Sanctuary

Main covered building and uncovered terrace             area 4320 sq ft

Detached bar 225 sq ft

Office building 300 sq ft

Washroom facilities 456 sq ft

  1. Swimming Pool Complex

One (1) Olympic sized pool

One (1) smaller pool

Pavilion

Ground floor  2353 sq ft

First Floor 1050 sq ft

Toilet and shower facilities

Administration office facilities

Pump and electrical room

Total sq footage of building areas 4025 sq ft

Hotel

30951 sq ft as follows:

Ground floor 18188 sq ft

First floor 10319 sq ft

Second  floor 2444 sq ft

Electrical Kiosks

Chiller systems

Washroom facilities

Guard Huts

Unused / unoccupied  land – grass

Approx. 2 acres

Car park facility – asphalt paved

530 car spaces

Concacaf argues that Warner, his wife and the companies (who are named as owners of the property) were involved in a conspiracy to misappropriate Concacaf funds which were used to build the facility by misrepresenting that the facility was actually owned by Concacaf.

Warner’s wife and the companies, Renraw Investments Limited and CCAM and Company Limited argued the case, filed in 2016, was statute barred as it concerned conduct which took place between 1995 and 2011.

High Court Judge Robin Mohammed dismissed an application from two companies owned by Warner’s family and his wife Maureen to remove them from the US$37.8 million lawsuit which was brought against them, Warner, Warner’s accountant Kenny Rampersad and Rampersad’s accounting firm, reported the Trinidad and Tobago Guardian,

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