Wednesday, February 17, 1999

Board named, clubs accept new bond as...

PFL shapes up

By IRVING WARD

THE inaugural Craven A Professional Football League is now on course to kick off without any real hitches.

This seemed to be the guarantee given by Fifa vice-president and Concacaf boss Jack Austin Warner as he shed light on the plans for the league at a meeting of the eight participating clubs, CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh, Defence Force, Doc's Khel-walaas, Futgof, Joe Public, Point Fortin Civic Centre Police and W Connection, at the offices of the Eastern Football Association (EFA) on Sunday.

Until then, there had been fears from club representatives that the mechanisms for the successful start up of the league were not being put in place quickly enough.

High on that list had been the absence of a commissioner and board as well as the late decision to add a $50,000 performance bond to the compulsory requirements for participation in the league.
However Warner, who had been out of the country when the tension rose, quickly quelled the situation by announcing his management team for the million dollar league.

The responsibility of heading the league was given to former top businessman Colin Prevatt, who was appointed Lea-gue CEO and Commissioner.

Prevatt, who has a BSc in Business and Human Resources and an MBA in Marketing and Human Resources, had previously worked with BH Rose Limited, Eastern Credit Union, Price Waterhouse and the Trinidad and Tobago Industrial Development Corporation before turning his attention to football.

Frank Sealy, a former national footballer, was meanwhile named as PFL secretary.

Both Prevatt and Sealy are relatively new to the field of football administration but they will have a lot of support from a seven-man board appointed by the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation to assist them.

The board is headed by TTFF president Oliver Camps and includes Maritime General Insurance CEO Richard Espinet who will both represent the local federation on the board.

Trestrail and Company Limited marketing manager Richard Trestrail, whose company distributes the Craven A brand locally, and CCN's Dave Lamy, will also represent their organisations on the board.

Shymdeo Gosein (Doc's Khelwalaas), Peter Stone (Joe Public) and John Williams (W Connection) were chosen as the club representatives.

And while there was some initial concern over the late implementation of the performance bond, all the clubs eventually agreed to it. However, this now increases the pre-competition figure for participation in the league to $800,000 as the clubs were also required to come up with a $750,000 draft to qualify to participate in the league.

The clubs also agreed to several other adjustments to the rules and regulations of the PFL.

And after setting things in motion for the smooth running of the PFL, Warner was unanimously nominated as a Special Adviser to the PFL.

The league will be offcially launched on March 28 with a friendly international involving Trinidad and Tobago.

However, the TTFF announced on the weekend that T&T will now face Mexican team Necaxa rather than that country's national team as previously advertised. England-based professional Dwight Yorke has agreed to represent T&T in this game.