Kendall Walkes

SOUGHT LEGAL RECOURSE: Kendall Walkes, former TTFA technical director.

BANK ACCOUNTS of the cash-strapped Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) have been frozen for the second time in a year.

Last Friday, attorneys representing former technical director Kendall Walkes successfully sought a garnishee before the courts to recoup US$783,000 (TT$5.4 million) in compensation awarded by Justice Joan Charles at the Hall of Justice in September 2019.

Fired as technical director in 2015, Walkes successfully sued the TTFA for breach of contract. Walkes’ action follows that of the national Futsal team which also had the Association’s financial assets frozen for a few months after also being awarded a court judgment.

The TTFA have also had multi-million judgments made against it by former employees, Anton Corneal and Russell Latapy.

Yesterday, TTFA president William Wallace said that Walkes’ action could not come at a worse time and that staff salaries would be affected if not resolved soon. Having contacted Walkes’ attorneys, Wallace is hoping that some sort of compromise can be reached by today.

“I have spoken to the lawyers. They are supposed to come back to me by tomorrow to see what it would take for us to appease Mr Walkes. Whether it is a part payment or a minimum amount, so that we can at least get the order lifted,” said Wallace. “In the mean time, we are trying through our sources to see if we have some money available,” adding, “If it runs to the end of the month it will affect salaries and so on.”

Wallace continued: “Of course, we are hoping that we can resolve it before the end of the week. I am working assiduously.”

Wallace admitted that the burden he found when taking over as president from David John-Williams in November is larger than expected. But he is adamant that sponsorship and other disclosures promised during his presidential campaign will bear fruit in the coming months.

“We are not daunted. We have a plan to deal with the debts,” he said. “And in terms of operation, all we need now is the opportunity to start to function. But things like this throw you back a bit.”

“Within the next couple of months some of the things that we spoke about at the election will start rolling out,” explained Wallace, who said he already had one announcement to make as soon as tomorrow. “Some of the things spoken of in the election are coming through. They would have taken some time,” adding, “We have a plan to deal with the historic debt...but when things like this pop up, it throws you back a bit.”

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