TTFA Home of Football to be allowed to be used as COVID-19 facility

The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association’s (TTFA) Home of Football has been a visual representation of controversy since it was first announced all the way to its completion. However one would think that with such a serious global pandemic taking place that these type of matters would take a back seat, but in this case, the two correlate. Trinidad & Tobago Prime Minister Keith Rowley announced that the TTFA Home of Football was offered and will be used to accommodate COVID-19 patients, at no cost to the government. The facility was opened in November 2019 but was immediately closed down by the newly elected regime based not having the required property and fire approvals.

Trinidad & Tobago Prime Minister Keith Rowley gives his speech at the opening of the TTFA’s Home of Football opening

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley made the following statements at a post-cabinet media briefing.

“It has been offered to the Government and the Government has accepted the offer. It has been evaluated and found to be excellent and my advise is that it can accommodate up to 72 persons of a category that will be designated by the Chief Medical Officer and the Minister. This is as good as any accommodation you can get anywhere in Trinidad and Tobago.”

He further went on to explain that the facility would be done in one week and it would be funded by the private sector.

“Within a week or so, that facility could be available. There are one or two things to be done. I may also add that the private sector has been approached to put in some put in some outfitting items and the private sector has come forward and has committed to ensure whatever is required to make it comfortable and fully utilised. It is offered to the Government of Trinidad and Tobago at no cost.”

Gianni Infantino President of FIFA’S speech at TTFA’s Home of Football official Opening

This is a powerful gesture by the Prime Minister of Trinidad & Tobago and also FIFA and who is really in charge of footballing matters. In a strongly worded letter that somehow everyone has got their hands on from Fatma Samoura, the Secretary-General of FIFA it stated very clearly that Robert Hadad is the only legitimate leader of the TTFA that is recognized by FIFA and Concacaf and that matters regarding the Home of Football are to be handled by Hadad and not by William Wallace and his team. It is well documented that William Wallace is contesting FIFA’s normalization committee and only time will tell how this turns out as the fans of the game can only sit and observe. The facility was openly supported by President of FIFA Gianni Infantino.

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