The Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) is now embroiled in a criminal matter after Fyzabad Secondary School’s principal, Troy Jebodhsingh and his Physical Education teacher, Nigel Lakhan have been charged with six counts of fraud each.
The charges stem from the use of ineligible players in the SSFL. The players, Dez Jones and Maurice Dick, were made to look legitimate after Caribbean Examination Council transcripts were forged to give the students qualification to sixth form at Fyzabad, when they, in fact, had no such credentials.
The SSFL found the discrepancy between the student’s actual results and those submitted to the body after inquiries by Trinity College Moka. Following the discovery, Fyzabad were suspended from the league. Jebodsingh, since that, suspended his school’s entire football programme.
Presentation College were crowned the 2017 Trinidad and Tobago Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) champions following a 2-1 away win to Fatima College in Port of Spain on Saturday.
Entering the day at the top of the table by two points, ahead of St Anthony’s College and third place Naparima College, a draw would have been enough for the South Zone team to claim its first title barring extraordinary circumstances elsewhere.
It took extraordinary circumstances earlier in the week to see the team start the day at the top of the table. Presentation, who were third in the table, were awarded three points and a 3-0 victory following a huge points deduction and the subsequent relegation of Shiva Boys' Hindu College for the use of ineligible players.
Football can be an unpredictable game at times and its unpredictability has greatly benefited The Presentation College Lions so far this season.
With the league deeming Shiva Boys’ Hindu College’s to be guilty of violating its relegations, amidst constant protests against them, the team has been relegated.
The decision meant, among other things, that a 3-0 victory over Presentation earlier this season was reversed this week, which has led to a dramatic shift at the top of the table.
Presentation now leads the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) on 32 points, closely followed by St Anthony’s College and Naparima College on 30 points. With a win on Saturday against Fatima College, Presentation can lift their first ever SSFL title.
Shiva Boys' Hindu College have followed Fyzabad Secondary into relegation, in the same manner, having deemed to have run afoul of the competition's laws. With this many 'administrative' issues, can the SSFL recover?
Deposed Secondary School Football League (SSFL) champions, Shiva Boys’ Hindu College have been relegated.
Last year’s champions had gotten into hot water on more than one occasion for the use of Kierron Mason, losing four points and their chance at defending their title, however, things got worse, as the side has been docked 17 points by the SSFL’s Disciplinary Committee.
The decision stems from the improper registration of Matthew Beal.
Beal, like Mason, played in a Sothern Football Association match on September 2, 48 hours after the deadline for SSFL players to stop playing in Trinidad and Tobago Football Association sanctioned competitions.
According to the rules of the SSFL, players cannot compete professionally while playing in the league, though one can be given clearance by the SSFL even if he plays after deadlines.
Postponed games in the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL), today, created much interest, after Trinity College Moka stayed in the fight against relegation and Presentation, at the other end of the scale, staying in the title race.
Third-place Presentation faced off against seventh-place Trinity College East but the result was not as close as this season’s league would suggest of two teams that distance apart, with the former running out 6-0 winners.
The result means, Presentation are now within two points of leader’s St Anthony’s College and Naparima College. All three have one game remaining, with everything to play for on Saturday.
Trinity College Moka, in the meantime, have jumped from 14th to 13th, leapfrogging the team they played, Signal Hill Secondary, after a 1-0 win.
Trinity College East have nothing to play for, save the pride of their institution, but go up against a Presentation College unit still in with a chance of winning their first Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) title.
Sitting in third place on 26 points, Presentation hope to close the gap to just one point against Naparima College and St Anthony’s College, who have 30 and one game to go. Although tied on points, St Anthony’s lead the SSFL with a superior goal difference.
If either of the leaders gets points from their last games on Saturday, Presentation’s hopes of a title go up in smoke, but first they have to get there.
Despite the need for a win today, Presentation need to approach this game keeping in mind that their penultimate encounter against Fatima College will be played on Saturday.
Conservation of energy will be key. Converting chances will be mandatory to ensure unsettled nerves and tensions are at a minimum.
St Augustine College will be playing in the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) next year, after the team avoided extricated themselves from a three-team relegation scrap on Monday.
Playing against Trinity College Moka, one of the other three teams in the scrap, St Augustine, on 13 points, needed to find a way to get past Queen’s Royal College on 15 points, and St Benedict’s on 13.
A win, would keep seven-point Trinity College Moka in 14th place with three games in hand. St Benedict’s on 13 points, Queen’s Royal College on 15, and St Augustine could all still be mathematically overtaken by Trinity Moka.
Their 2-1 loss to St Augustine has changed that scenario completely.
Moka still remain in 14th, but have no chance of forcing St Augustine into the bottom three, as they have gone ahead of QRC, who have completed their fixtures.
Shiva Boys’ Hindu College have had a hard road in their title-defending Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) season, and made one stumble too many on Saturday, relinquishing that title after a 4-1 defeat against Carapichaima East Secondary.
Shiva were eight points off leaders St Anthony’s College and Naparima College and could have caught them had they won all three of their postponed games beginning with Saturday’s visit to Carapichaima.
The scenario played out after Shiva lost four points from protests over the use of Keirron Mason against Naparima and St Anthony’s. So not only did they lose points, they handed it to title contenders, three to the former and two to the latter.
Still, they were still in the race until goals from Kevon Williams in the 33rd minute, and a late hattrick from Theophilus Bourne in the 80th, 85th and 90th minutes of play.
Shiva Boys’ Hindu College have lost four points over the use of an ineligible player and that may just have cost them a successful defence of their Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL).
The defending champions have three games to put pressure on leaders, St Anthony’s College and Naprarima College. IF they win those three, they could yet defend that title, but they would have to hope both teams lose their final game.
Without thinking too much about that, Shiva now has to deal with the threat of Carapichaima East, anything but three points, killing their title hopes.
Shiva have been doing well despite all their troubles off the field. They came to grips with having their home ground banned, as well as losing three valuable points because of the use of Kierron Mason, and still managed to win and keep pace with the leaders.
Mason would cost them three more points just this week, but they are still in with a chance.