Trinidad-Tobago Association Withdraws From World Cup

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Virgin Islands Daily News

PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD (AP) -- The Trinidad-Tobago Football (Soccer) Association announced their withdrawal from next year's World Cup Tournament preliminaries due to a lack of funds, a spokesman for the sports association said on Friday.

Another problem faced by this Caribbean nation's football association is that they do not have a place to meet since they were evicted from their rent-free premises, association secretary Jack Warner said.

The Trinidad-Tobago Football Association, which has produced several internationally-rated players, will not participate in the senior and junior Caribbean, the Union Nations Cup or the Pre-Olympic (Moscow) playoffs against Surinam scheduled to get underway last weekend as a result of the financial difficulties they are facing, Warner said.

The football association offices were broken into on Wednesday night or early Thursday morning where approximately $200 and documents were stolen or burnt, the Trinidad police said.

Warner said the association met with Trinidad-Tobago President Ellis Clarke this week asking for his help in a bid for the construction of a football headquarters near the Jean Pierre National Sports Complex in the capital city.

A series of monthly money-raising functions will be held to help the association clear it debts, the football association leader said.