Boynes: $55 Million TTFF Budget Needs Minor Adjustment

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Government Information Service, Port of Spain, January 10, 2006. The TT$55million budget for preparing Trinidad and Tobago’s national football team, Soca Warriors, for the FIFA World Cup needs “minor adjustments” before going to Cabinet, says Sports Minister Roger Boynes.

During a meeting with the Sports Minister and Officials from the Sports Company of Trinidad Tobago on January 4, the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation (TTFF) presented the budget to Minister Boynes.

Minister Boynes said the TTFF’s estimate for coaching fees needs to be re-worked. He requested the inclusion of coaching fees from January 2005 to June 2006. The TTFF budget estimate presented coaching fees from October 2005 to June 2006.

He said all adjustments were necessary to give Cabinet “the full picture” of what it would cost to ensure that the team was properly prepared for the World Cup.

He added that after TTFF makes the necessary changes, the budget will then be re-submitted to the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs, and in turn presented to Cabinet for consideration.

Minister Boynes said: “The government sees this as a national and historic effort and calls for all hands on deck as we prepare to collectively and responsibly prepare team Trinidad and Tobago for this very important event.”

“The government has given the assurance that we will continue to work hand in hand with all stakeholders to ensure that the team stuns the world,” he added.

TTFF Special Advisor, Austin ‘Jack’ Warner said after the meeting: “I am pleased with the meeting. I am pleased with the outcome. I am happy to know that we can look at the bigger picture, which is Trinidad and Tobago... This augurs well for the future and for the country’s participation in Germany.”

Trinidad and Tobago will be competing in the FIFA World Cup for the first time this year. The FIFA World Cup will be played in Germany from June 9 to July 9.