Minister of Sport Anil Roberts has been heaped with praises for his role in the development of football locally.
National player Carlos Edwards, as well as the recently retired Chris Birchall and secretary of the T&T Football Association, Sheldon Phillips have all come out with kind words for Roberts.
Footballers Carlos Edwards and Chris Birchall. Image: Trinidad and Tobago Soca Warriors Facebook Fanpage
Edwards, the Ipswich Town player pointed out that the Ministry of Sport deserved credit for standing by the TTFA and the national team. “We all know the situation at the moment. The financial situation is not the best. I think as players, with me having been through a lot of years in the game with the national team, that more should be afforded to the players and even the staff but this is what it is now and we’re working with it. The Association has still been able to pull through and we’ve been able to keep playing but I would like to see more happening… more support for the Association and the national teams.”
Edwards made reference to Roberts and his role. “I think Minister Roberts has a very good understanding of what it takes and that is a plus without a doubt. He knows it’s not just about football but about all sports. But he also knows that football is at the top of the pecking order and to be fair he’s been trying to do his part from what I’ve been hearing but we know the pressures that comes with all of this. I hope and maybe I should say I expect he will do his best to ensure the necessary support is given if it is that we are to realise the dream of qualifying for another World Cup and doing well on the international stage with the right preparations,”
Birchall said: “I’ve known the Sport Minister since the 2006 campaign. I remember him being an avid supporter of the team, always very present at the games and I think he knows what is required for success.
Sport Minister Anil Roberts and TTFA President Raymond Tim Kee at the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour. Image: Trinidad and Tobago Soca Warriors Facebook Fanpage
He seems to have a fair knowledge of what the current team needs in terms of support and I hope can continue in this way to hopefully see the country get to another World Cup. With people like him around, hopefully the association can get things done in the right way and that the game can continue to develop here in Trinidad and Tobago,” Birchall added.
Recently the TTFA was provided with a home at the Hasely Crawford Stadium and president Raymond Tim Kee was also thrilled: “We are quite thrilled about this move and extremely grateful to the Ministry of Sport and the Sportt Company for presenting us with this opportunity to take up residence at the Hasely Crawford Stadium. This will be the new home of Trinidad and Tobago Football which entered a new era in recent months and continues to make positive strides.”
TTFA General Secretary Sheldon Phillips. Image: Trinidad and Tobago Soca Warriors Facebook Fanpage
TTFA general secretary Sheldon Phillips, who negotiated the move, further revealed, “the move to Hasely Crawford Stadium is yet another example of the developing partnership between our organisation and the Ministry of Sport.
“The TTFA would like to specifically thank Minister Anil Roberts for his leadership in making the stadium space available and recognition of the immediate and sustained benefits this move would yield for football.”