Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley

FOOTBALL HOME OPENS: Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, right, shakes hands with International Federation of Association Football (FIFA), president Gianni Infantino after unveiling a plaque during the official opening of the Home of Football at Balmain, Couva, yesterday. 

PRIME MINISTER Dr Keith Rowley has recovered from his illness.

Speaking at a function in Couva yesterday, Rowley said: “Today is one of those days where this job is all about feeling good and I do feel good. I’ve been down for the last week with a flu, whose name I shall not repeat, but today is my first day out at work for just over a week and I do feel good.”

Last week, the Prime Minister missed People’s National Movement (PNM) meetings in the lead-up to the December 2 local government election as he battled the flu which has been named “Rowley” by social media users.

Minister of Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh said recently there was no swine flu outbreak in this country even as he announced the ministry had started distributing 100,000 doses of the influenza vaccines to all local hospitals and health centres. He confirmed that seven people have died from the H1N1 virus (swine flu) this year.

During the opening yesterday of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) “Home of Football” at Balmain, Couva, which was attended by president of with International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) Giovanni Vincenzo “Gianni” Infantino and TTFA’s president David John-Williams, Rowley spoke of his itinerary before the event.

Busy day for PM

“I opened up the morning at BPTT being introduced to the work of our young technicians who are running that organisation and its technical capacity and then I’ve just come from a short Cabinet meeting where the Cabinet has approved 400 scholarships for our youngsters who have just completed their national exams and now I am here in the presence of the leadership of football worldwide and local. So I should be feeling good and I do feel good,” he said.

He noted that in the past, this country has produced some of the best in sports, including footballing talent, led by volunteers and with less resources. He said proper management was now missing.

“We do have in our schools, as I speak to you now, we have boys and girls who are relying on the management of this sport, not on the Government. The Government has played its part and the Government will continue to play its part. What is missing is the management that we used to have, when people served for service sake and produced from it the talent that was waiting for that helping hand. If we are familiar with failure, it is in the area of management of our sports.”

He added, “Having partnered with you, having partnered with football to make this public asset land available to you and money available to those involved in the management of the game, the tax payers can expect no less but a dramatic improvement and the full use of this facility in the vision in which it was presented and in the way it has been built for the purpose for which it was designed.”