President David John-Williams and the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association extends sincerest condolences to the family of former President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, George Maxwell Richards, following his passing on Monday night due to illness.
Mr Richards was a former patron of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association and a regular guest in attendance at several of our International matches both on home soil and abroad. He traveled to witness several of the Trinidad and Tobago away matches during the famous 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign, including the final victory over Bahrain in November, 2005.
The Wednesday before T&T’s home leg playoff with Bahrain, Richards, President at the time, hosted visiting officials from the Bahrain FA and other TTFF officials at his official residence for dinner .
The occasion was used by Richards to show solidarity between the two countries ahead of the intercontinental playoff. Bahrain’s Shaikh Fawaz Al-Khalifa, the country’s Sports Minister, Shaikh Ali Al-Khalifa, vice president of the Bahrain FA, Yousif Hassan Jassim, chairman of the Bahrain national teams committee as well as Mahmood Fakhro, director of coaching and development for the Bahrain FA were part of the Bahrain contingent present.
Richards’ love and passion for football, including the Soca Warriors, defined him as much as his witty humor and engaging personality. We will be eternally grateful for his support towards football in Trinidad and Tobago.
Photo caption: George Maxwell Richards, President at the time, is seen in this photo with former captain Dwight Yorke and ex-forward Stern John, accompanying the team for a 2010 World Cup qualifier against Guatemala in Guatemala City in 2008. The team was at the time about to board a chartered flight back to Port of Spain for a World Cup qualifier against the United States two days later which T&T won 2-1 through goals by Russell Latapy and Yorke. Photo: ShaunFuentes/TTFA Media