Trinidad and Tobago National Under-20 and former Fyzabad Secondary coach, Brian Williams is calling for a clean-up of the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL).
Williams’ call was inclusive of SSFL executives, teachers, players, principals and other key stakeholders and comes in the wake of a scandal that has seen his former charges booted from the league.
Fyzabad were suspended from the remainder of the league after it was revealed that two players, Dez Jones and Maurice Dick were found to have either submitted or had falsified transcripts submitted on their behalf, allowing them to play in the SSFL when their original documentation would have rendered them ineligible.
Since the decision, the school also pulled all its teams from SSFL competition.
The Ministry of Education is investigating the issue after claims of innocence have come from both the boys and the school.
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Naparima College took the opportunity of playing against a beleaguered Speyside High to advance their claim for a Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) title with a big 5-0 win at the Larry Gomes Stadium.
Naps can thank four second half goals for their dominance over Speyside as the first half ended with Judah St Louis’ 25th-minute penalty being the only thing to separate the teams.
Nigel Rawligns would double the lead five minutes after the restart, before Ronaldo McIntosh’s 60th-minute goal made the result a certainty. Tyreke Andrews would add to the score in the 80th minute of play before Isa Bramble’s goal in time added on poured salt into Speyside’s wounds.
The result meant that while Naparima did not improve on their two point lead over St Anthony’s College, Presentation College, who fell to third because of inactivity, are going even further behind after their game was postponed because of a waterlogged field.
Presentation College’s extended break has left them third behind St Anthony’s College, increasing the importance of today’s clash against the always dangerous Trinity College East at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium.
The break, on Thursday, means that while Presentation have a game in hand on leaders Naparima College (26 points), and St Anthony’s College (24), they must keep winning to keep pressure on them.
A break can impact a team in one of two ways. It can either make the team fresher and more willing to run, or it can cause lethargy from inactivity and make a team slow out of the blocks.
How this break affects the title contenders will be interesting to watch. It will also be interesting to see if Presentation have recovered from the 3-0 thrashing they received at the hands of defending champions Shiva Boys Hindu College last weekend.
Trinidad and Tobago national under-20 coach Brian Williams has quit his job with Fyzabad Secondary in the wake of a scandal that threatens to shake the foundations of the 50-odd -year-old Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL).
Williams’ Fyzabad was yesterday, suspended from the SSFL after it was revealed that the school or representatives on behalf of it, doctored transcripts to make two players eligible for matriculation and a place on the team.
Initially, Fyzabad had been docked nine of the 10 points they had earned from the SSFL and at the time, Williams had said he wasn’t sure he could continue under the circumstances.
“This has affected the whole school and I really have to make a decision if I can continue in such an environment,” Williams had said.
Players involved in an attempt to defraud the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) are coming out to say they have done nothing wrong.
The fraud, carried out by, or on behalf of Fyzabad Secondary, has got to a stage where the school has been suspended from the SSFL after it was revealed that two players, Dez Jones and Maurice Dick were registered as lower-sixth-form students on the back of forged examination transcripts delivered to the league.
Jones has one pass at the Caribbean Examination Council level, but had transcripts that said he had four, while Dick, who had two passes, also had results tendered that showed he had four.
Fyzabad are in real hot water. They have been suspended from the Secondary Schools Football League after falsified documents were tendered for two players. Should there be criminal charges laid on account of this fraud? Does this create questions about the student athlete and how he or she should be treated in terms of academic standards?
Rains wreaked havoc on the 11th round of the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL), as the top teams failed to going with unplayable outfields all around Trinidad and Tobago.
Games between Fatima College and Presentation College, and Shiva Boys’ Hindu College and St Mary’s College were postponed because of unplayable outfields.
While the same was true of a game between, Fyzabad Secondary and Naparima College, the SSFL’s ruling suspending the former for the duration of the competition should mean that fixture is out the door.
Fyzabad were suspended after it was revealed that either the players or the school falsified Caribbean Examination Council transcripts for two students who would have otherwise ineligible for matriculation.
Shiva Boys’, Presentation College, and Naparima are all in the top four of the competition and battling for supremacy in a close race.
The tension at the top of the table in the Secondary Schools Football League is as tight as a knot built by the best scout around, as Naparima College go into today’s round of games clinging to the slimmest of leads.
While there is much tension at the top, there are also significant stressors at the bottom of the table, as Fyzabad, who have lost nine of the 10 points they earned this season, have been rocked by scandal.
Naparime supporter, Rajiv Gosine, has described the game as ‘Titan versus tin can’, and according to the words of Fyzabad coach, Brian Williams, that may be right.
“We are just trying to save [ourselves from] relegation now,” said Williams.
“This has affected the whole school and I really have to make a decision if I can continue in such an environment,” added the Trinidad and Tobago Under 20 coach.