Daren Ganga Resigns From TDC Board


Former cricketer Daren Ganga, has resigned from his position as Director of the Tourism Development Company with immediate effect.

In a letter to the media, Ganga has also requested that the Minister of Tourism Shamfa Cudjoe to correct the “erroneous information which may be used to tarnish my local and international reputation”
In her budget presentation on Saturday, Cudjoe spoke about wild spending at the TDC, saying that Ganga had sought and received approval for a US$70,000 sponsorship for the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) which the Ministry of Sport had refused to support.

“It is absolutely false and bereft of any merit that, in my capacity as Board member of the Tourism Development Company Limited (“TDC”), I placed before its Board a proposal for funding a CPL project in the sum of $70,000.00 USD,” he said in his letter.

“In 2015 the Government purchased the rights to host the CPL semi-finals and final and as such the TDC was mandated to act as the coordinating company on the State’s behalf.
As part of its involvement the TDC Board set up a Local Organising Committee (LOC) to deal with all the stakeholders of the CPL event. I was fortunate to be one of the three TDC Board members which sat on the said committee. It was the CPL, and not myself, that submitted a proposal to the said LOC for the TDC’s sponsorship of the franchise Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel team cricket team,” he explained.

He said in return for the sponsorship, the CPL offered TDC branding on one of the six teams participating in CPL 2015; a sponsored team (Red Steel) play in 33 T20 matches to be broadcasted on television;
exposure from 29 international media houses and a chance to position Trinidad and Tobago as the premier sporting destination in the region;TDC branding on the front of the players uniforms; perimeter boards with TDC branding at the Oval; the utilisation of franchise players to market Trinbago as a tourist destination; and media value, the average ROI in terms of advertising is more than $24 million.

He said the proposal was endorsed by the TDC’s Marketing sub-committee and when it was brought before the full Board it received unanimous support.

“The $70,000 USD which the Hon. Minister referred to was allocated by the CPL for branding costs of the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel’s uniforms.”

“I hope that the foregoing statement would set the record straight and clarify any issue regarding my fiduciary duties as a TDC director and integrity as a professional,” he said.

T&T beat Panama 2-1


The Soca Warriors stole the show yesterday at the Estadio Romel Fernandez Stadium when they edged host Panama 2-1 in a tight gritty affair.

It was Trinidad and Tobago’s first away win to Panama since 2005 and also their first in the last 3 meetings.

Captain Kenwyne Jones led by example and celebrated his birthday in fine-style when he put the Warriors ahead in the 40th minute with an unusual thunderbolt from 20-yards out. The skipper turned 31 on October 5th.

Abu Bakr, who had not scored for his country since 2009, registered his second for T&T when the HB Koge central defender Radanfah Abu Bakr rose the highest to head home a Keron Cummings corner-kick in minute 52 to give T&T a 2-0 cushion.

The lead lasted just 7 minutes before Valentin Pimentel 59th minute easy side tap into goalkeeper Marvin Phillip’s net after some sloppy defending to make it 2-1 and gave the host some life. In the end however, the goal ended up being a mere consolation as the Panmen’ held on to secure a well deserved 2-1 victory.

T&T will rush back to Port of Spain to face Nicaragua in 5-days time at the Hasley Crawford Stadium from 7pm. Panama will head to Mexico to face that country on the same day.


Jurgen Klopp agrees three-year deal as Liverpool Manager



Jurgen Klopp has agreed a three-year deal to become Liverpool manager.

The 48-year-old German replaces Brendan Rodgers, who was sacked on Sunday after three and a half years in charge with the club 10th in the Premier League.

Klopp has been out of work since May, when he ended a seven-year spell at Borussia Dortmund to take a sabbatical.

He is expected to have Zeljko Buvac and Peter Krawietz – his former assistants at the Bundesliga club – as part of his coaching staff at Anfield.

Sean O’Driscoll, who was Rodgers’s assistant, has left the club while Gary McAllister has been removed as first-team coach, although he is considering the offer of another role with the Reds.

No contract has yet been signed but that is viewed as a formality when Klopp arrives in Liverpool later on Thursday. He will be officially unveiled by Liverpool on Friday morning.

After seven years as Mainz boss, Klopp joined Dortmund in 2008 and led them to two Bundesliga titles.

They lost to Wolfsburg in last season’s German Cup final – his final game – at the end of a campaign in which they struggled domestically, finishing seventh in the league.

Klopp will take over a Liverpool side who have won only four of their 11 games in all competitions this season.

The international break means his first game in charge is a Premier League match at Tottenham on 17 October.

Klopp will have work within the existing structure and what has become known as Anfield’s ‘transfer committee’.

It is the group that plots and carries out transfer strategy and up until Sunday night consisted of Rodgers, scouts Dave Fallows and Barry Hunter, the man in charge of analysis Michael Edwards, FSG’s Anfield representative Mike Gordon and chief executive Ian Ayre.

Rodgers, who took over in June 2012, led the Reds to second place in the Premier League in 2013-14.


‘Warriors’ assemble in Panama City


TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO’S senior footballers arrived in Panama City on Sunday night following the two hours and thirty minute flight from Port-of-Spain ahead of Thursday’s International Friendly with Panama at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez.

Head Coach Stephen Hart was set to have his first training session with the squad yesterday evening with a near full compliment of players, with only Sheldon Bateau, Aubrey David, Jonathan Glenn and Radanfah Abu Bakr expected in last night.

Already in camp are captain Kenwyne Jones, Mexican- based defender Yohance Marshall, US-based quartet Joevin Jones, Trevin Caesar, Daneil Cyrus and Kevan George, English- based duo Andre Boucaud and Gavin Hoyte as well as Belgium- based midfielder Khaleem Hyland and Mekeil Williams who is based in Guatemala.

The local players arriving from Port-of-Spain included Jan-Michael Williams, Keron Cummings, Willis Plaza, Aikim Andrews, Marvin Phillip and Neveal Hackshaw.

Hoyte, who missed the 3-3 draw with Mexico last month in Utah after a mix up in communication with his club which asked him to miss the friendly just a day before his departure from London, said he felt confident that there will not be such an occurrence again.

“I’m quite excited to be back in the team. It’s been more than a year now since I’ve played for Trinidad and Tobago,” Hoyte told TT FA Media.

“I’m very relieved.

I don’t think this will happen again as obviously there was a bit of a mix up in communication between my manager and the coach but hopefully now it’s all resolved and I’m happy to be here. I’ve spoken to my manager and he’s very happy. I think he now knows more of what’s going on and he’s happy for me to go and play. I’ve been following the team along and they have been doing brilliant.

“I think it’s good to be back at this time and hopefully I can get back into the mix,” the former Arsenal and England youth international added.

Marshall meantime believes the two upcoming friendlies are a key part of the preparations for the November 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Guatemala (November 13th) and United States (November 17th).

“I think it’s very important for us to come together as a group again especially with one game being in Central America and then the other back in Trinidad and Tobago,” Marshall said.

Thursday’s match will be broadcast live on Flow Channel 99.

Kick off time for the TT vs Panama City game is 7pm.


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