The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association has a new President in William Wallace.
The former National Senior Men’s and Under 23 Men’s team manager, dethroned ex-President David John-Williams in Sunday’s election at the Home of Football in Couva.
The first round of voting after lunch saw 46 votes cast with Wallace receiving 20, John-Williams collecting 16 and Richard Ferguson ten. With Ferguson eliminated from the second round, 46 votes were cast again with Wallace winning the head honcho’s spot with 26 votes to 20.
“It has been a long two months. Now, we’re going straight into the fire and the job’s begun. There was a groundswell of support from people, as far as Martinique, who wanted to see a change in the status quo for the betterment of TT’s football,
Wallace’s full slate succeeded, with first vice-president Clynt Taylor, Sam Phillip and Susan Joseph-Warrick, all claiming victory during the elections yesterday.
Taylor defeated Selby Browne 27-17 for the position of first vice-president, Joseph-Warrick beat Anthony Moore 30-10 for second vice-president and Phillip defeated Colin Partap 27-13 for the third vice-president spot. Shymdeo Gosine, the other candidate in the toss-up for third vice-president, received three votes, while Raymond Thom, the other second vice-president candidate, got four votes.
Wallace immediately told reporters that his team will resume sponsorship talks with all companies, local and international, who had given them commitments in the runup to the election.
He thanked God and others who supported him and his slate, including the 47 delegates who were eligible to vote yesterday. One of the delegates did not show up for yesterdays’ event. He said as they go forward seeking to effect change, their first assignment will be a fact-finding one.
We are going in in the dark so we need to get some light before we start. I think it (the victory) was more than my campaign. It was what was happening to T&T football for the last four years. My campaign was basic but, now it’s all about the collective effort,” Wallace said. The new president divulged he would be having a more open style of governance and it would begin with proper audits on staff and financials. Wallace did reveal, though, he was willing to work with any member of the TTFA and all stakeholders to improve the game.
Team Impactors’ Facebook posted, “On behalf of Mr David John-Wiiliams, we would like to congratulate the new president of the TTFA, Mr William Wallace.”
Laying out some of his other plans, Wallace revealed upping fan turnout is a priority, as well as youth development. “We have to rebuild. We are starting to think about 2026 (World Cup) definitely. We have to start with your young players and put programmes in place so that our young players can come through and come through well. When we start to play good football, the fans will come out,” he added. He indicated he would also be focusing on other committees, particularly marketing and advertising, which were given just $21,000 in the current budget for the next fiscal year, to help boost the national setup. Wallace admitted it’s going to be a challenge but one he’s ready for.
“If I wasn’t ready I wouldn’t have gotten myself involved in this at all. It’s a hard task; the first thing starts with fact finding (and) we’re not sure what we’re going to meet in there. But we are up to the task. You can’t just talk the talk, you have to walk the walk,” he continued. Wallace also promised to look at partnerships to make the Home of Football economically viable, also seeking advice from legal and business experts on the new direction of the TTFA.
Top Photo shows President William Wallace, second from right, stands proudly with his three elected Vice President’s, 1st Vice President Clynt Taylor (far left) , Second Vice President Susan Joseph Warrick and Third Vice President Sam Phillip at far right. Image:TTFA Media.