FOOTBALL: Jamaica, T&T Caribbean Cup final back on tonight
Leighton Levy, Gleaner Writer
The game is on!” So says General Secretary of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association Sheldon Phillips, who tells The Gleaner the pay dispute between the Soca Warriors and the association, has been resolved.
The players had threatened to boycott tonight's final of the Caribbean Cup in Montego Bay where the Soca Warriors will attempt to claim their ninth title when they take on home team the Reggae Boyz at 8 p.m.
The players were upset about an estimated TT$10 million in salaries and arrears owed to them by the association.
However, Phillips tells The Gleaner that the matter was resolved last night and that the TTFA President Raymond Tim Kee was enroute to Jamaica to lend additional support to the team as they battle the Reggae Boyz.
He praised the Ministry of Sport and Ministry of Finance for expediting the drawdown of the funds needed to settle the debts outstanding to the players thus diffusing the situation and allowing the final to proceed as planned.
Jamaica Football Federation President Captain Horace Burrell was thankful that the matter was being resolved.
“I am very happy that the situation has been resolved because it would have been sad that the two top teams in the region were unable to meet,” he said. “Let's now look forward to a great game later today.”
Team captain Kenwyn Jones told the Trinidad Guardian on Monday night that they have had enough of false promises from the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association. “We are fed up with the football association making promises and telling a lot of untruths. It could well be the end of a dynasty before it could get there,”the player said.
Jones said some players were owed between TT$30,000 and TT$40,000 by the association that up to 2012 was already TT$4 million in arrears to the players.
“We, the players, need payment too. Most of them say they will leave and never return to play for T&T again because of this overbearing situation. We tried to hold it together but can't again,” he told The Guardian.
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