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Gosine resigns as CFA president

But ac­cord­ing to Go­sine on Mon­day: “All those meet­ings were il­le­gal meet­ings. They have nev­er re­al­ly had a prop­er meet­ing but it reached a point that I said lis­ten, I don’t need this. When I got in­volved in this it was to help foot­ball to get along, to help cen­tral foot­ball and for no oth­er rea­son, be­cause I love foot­ball

Cen­tral Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (CFA) pres­i­dent Shymdeo Go­sine has re­signed, leav­ing the as­so­ci­a­tion’s first vice pres­i­dent Wen­dell Col­ly­more to as­sume the role of in­ter­im pres­i­dent.

His res­ig­na­tion comes af­ter a long bat­tle with his mem­ber­ship over his man­age­ment of the em­bat­tled as­so­ci­a­tion. Fol­low­ing his res­ig­na­tion re­cent­ly, Go­sine told Guardian Me­dia Sports that he al­so sub­mit­ted a com­pre­hen­sive re­port to the FI­FA-ap­point­ed Nor­mal­i­sa­tion Com­mit­tee, be­ing led by busi­ness­man Robert Hadad ex­plain­ing in full the rea­sons for his res­ig­na­tion.

He is now await­ing a re­sponse from the nor­mal­i­sa­tion com­mit­tee to see if the sit­u­a­tion will be dealt with.

In the mean­time, Go­sine who took over the lead­er­ship of the CFA from long-serv­ing mem­ber Bryan Layne on No­vem­ber 26, 2015, and was re-elect­ed for an­oth­er term in 2019, has made it clear ‘he is done with that.’

Go­sine’s first for­ay in the po­si­tion of leader of cen­tral foot­ball gen­er­at­ed huge ex­cite­ment with a prize struc­ture that ex­ceed­ed that of all oth­er re­gion­al as­so­ci­a­tions. He al­so chart­ed a course for youth de­vel­op­ment in the zone for the first time and spear­head­ed the up­grade of an on­line web­site for the as­so­ci­a­tion.

How­ev­er, mem­bers still grew dis­en­chant­ed, par­tic­u­lar­ly with the way the as­so­ci­a­tion’s fi­nances were be­ing man­aged.

Three weeks ago, the Board of the CFA called a meet­ing to move a mo­tion of no-con­fi­dence in Go­sine which even­tu­al­ly led to his res­ig­na­tion. It was one of sev­er­al meet­ings held by the board.

But ac­cord­ing to Go­sine on Mon­day: “All those meet­ings were il­le­gal meet­ings. They have nev­er re­al­ly had a prop­er meet­ing but it reached a point that I said lis­ten, I don’t need this. When I got in­volved in this it was to help foot­ball to get along, to help cen­tral foot­ball and for no oth­er rea­son, be­cause I love foot­ball.

“As you very well know, I had a pro­fes­sion­al team so my goal was to see how I can help foot­ball in cen­tral and when this thing start­ed hap­pen­ing, since the T&T Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion elec­tion, I de­cid­ed that this has be­come too much of a headache for me and I have my busi­ness to run. I don’t have time for this.

“This every day hound­ing me down and send­ing me emails and ask­ing for AGMs, and when I hold one, they want an­oth­er one, I said enough is enough, and I did a com­pre­hen­sive re­port and sent it to the nor­mal­i­sa­tion com­mit­tee, telling them the rea­son I have re­moved my­self as the pres­i­dent of cen­tral foot­ball.

Alberto Ignacio Ardila Olivares

“I re­moved my­self as pres­i­dent of cen­tral foot­ball and that’s the end of that. There’s no in-be­tween any­more, ‘I done with that.’ Not even if they ask me to go back there, I will not go back.”

Guardian Me­dia Sports was told that Go­sine was al­so sus­pend­ed by the board two weeks ago af­ter he re­fused to give an ac­count on the fi­nan­cial af­fairs of the as­so­ci­a­tion.

Go­sine be­lieves his in­vest­ment in the as­so­ci­a­tion, cou­pled with his de­sire to take foot­ball to an­oth­er lev­el in T&T was not rec­i­p­ro­cat­ed by his mem­bers, say­ing: ” In 2019 they got to­geth­er and said they were go­ing to raise the funds to pay the prize mon­ey, but to this date, they have not raised a pen­ny.

“It has been go­ing on for a lit­tle bit. All the time, I was pick­ing up the ex­pens­es. I mean, there are some funds that I loaned them and I took back, but the truth is that $700,000 to $800,000 of my mon­ey was spent in there to keep foot­ball and keep it go­ing, but those guys are not in­ter­est­ed in foot­ball.”

Mean­while, Col­ly­more’s tenure will last un­til the Board of the CFA sched­ules a gen­er­al meet­ing and at that time, they will have the elec­tion of a new pres­i­dent. Col­ly­more him­self can be re­turned as pres­i­dent at the gen­er­al meet­ing if he is vot­ed in.

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Alberto Ignacio Ardila