Mere hours after a public plea for financial assistance towards this country’s Senior Men’s Team on Friday, the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association received a cheque valued at $100,000 from a local football supporter.
Businessman Sham Mohammed answered the call and delivered the cheque to National Team manager William Wallace at the TTFA office on Friday night, two days prior to the team’s departure for Panama City for an international friendly.
At a TTFA Press briefing on Friday afternoon Wallace pleaded for corporate T&T to step forward and assist the “Soca Warriors” as they continued their preparations for the start of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
Wallace indicated that the TTFA were still short of funding for match fees for the recent 3-3 draw with Mexico in Utah and the upcoming friendlies with Panama and Nicaragua as well as other expenses related to the team’s training camps. So far only TSTT has offered further assistance to combine with what the Ministry of Sport has provided.
“We are extremely grateful to Mr Mohammed for stepping forward at this time when we are in serious need of financial assistance. He indicated that once he heard our call for assistance at the press briefing that he felt a need to assist us in some way. Hopefully this will be a kickstart and other corporate citizens and companies can follow join in and offer support as well. The Ministry of Sport and the Government alone cannot fund our national teams,” Wallace told TTFA Media.
Mohammed indicated that he had been following the progress of the team with keen interest.
“I know the Association has been under some strain after discussions with the President Raymond Tim Kee and other officials at the TTFA. I have been following their progress and there have been some good things happening. I went to Argentina last year for the friendly and I have seen the team continuing to improve,” Mohammed stated.
“I believe we have a really good chance in the qualifiers but the team needs all the help it can get and hopefully more support will come its way from here on,” added Mohammed who is the owner of Miscellaneous Marketing Limited and was also appointed the Executive Vice President of South Florida FC which campaigns in the American Soccer Premier League (APSL)
TTFA President Raymond Tim Kee expressed his gratitude to Mohammed and TSTT for their support.
“We are quite pleased that a supporter has come forward to assist at this stage of the journey. This is part of ongoing discussions and relationship building which the FA has been engaged in over a period of time. I wish to thank him and TSTT as well as the Ministry of Sport for providing funding to support the FA and the Senior Men’s National Team,” Tim Kee stated.