Footballers Say They Were Let Down

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Jamaica Gleaner

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Dec. 4, (AP):

Three Washington-based Trinidad professionals who were asked to make themselves available for the Trinidad football team now competing in the North, Central America and Caribbean Soccer Confederation Championship finals in Costa Rica, have accused the Trinidad Football Association of breaking faith with them and causing them financial and other embarrassments.

The three are goalkeeper Lincoln Phillips, defence man Victor Gamaldo, and pointer Gerry Browne.

Phillips, Gamaldo and Browne, in signed letters to newspapers this morning said the Association invited them to come to Trinidad to be included in the Championship and they accepted.

Phillips said he asked for $400 and return plane passage to the United States, but added he would have made the trip free of charge because he intended visiting his family.

Gamaldo and Browne said they asked for J$240 plus return passages. But they alleged that at the last minute the Association informed them that the invitations were withdrawn.

Three other professionals, including Bertrand Grell who also plays for the Washington Darts, Everald Cummings and Leroy DeLeon are in the team. Grell was brought from the States while Cummings and DeLeon had been home awaiting calls for renewal of contracts with their American Clubs.

Phillips said he spent over J$40 making phone calls to Association officials, while Gamaldo declared in a letter reproduced this morning in the daily papers GUARDIAN and EXPRESS, that he had been willing to come home even if he lost financially on the deal.

Meanwhile, Lawrence Rondon, who is in the team in Costa Rica, was named last night as 'Sportsman of the Year' of his club Comma Brechin Castle S.C.

Association officials were unavailable for comment on the "withdrawal of invitations" report. President Phil Douglin and secretary Eric James are in Costa Rica with the Trinidad team.