Jamaal Shabazz

Jamaal Shabazz

Is there a way out of the downward spiral that is Trinidad and Tobago football? Based on what we heard from Jamaal Shabazz last Friday on Morning Edition on TV6, there appears to be as much chance of the nation’s most popular pastime getting on a stable footing—on and off the pitch—as the state itself diverting from a delusional and destructive path to something more resembling what a real country should be.

In fact, the former national senior men’s and women’s team coach painted such a worrying picture of the circumstances surrounding the game that he called on Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith to take pre-emptive action and short-circuit what Shabazz described as a “dangerous” situation heading into the November 24 executive election of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association where incumbent David John-Williams is being challenged by Secondary Schools Football League president William Wallace and businessman and owner of Terminix Rangers Richard Ferguson.

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The Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) usually holds its executive elections during their Annual General Meeting (AGM) in October, however, no elections of officers took place at last Saturday’s AGM because none was necessary.