Brent Sancho

REMAINS IN FAVOUR OF MERGING THE LEAGUES: TTFA board member and Central FC owner, Brent Sancho.

DEPENDENT on Government’s release of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, local football should resume in August when both the TT Pro League and the Trinidad and Tobago Super League plan to independently launch their 2020 competitions.

Both Pro League acting-chairman Brent Sancho and Super League president Keith Look Loy announced a planned August start of their competitions. However, neither could say whether the long-touted integrated league between the two top divisions of local football will become a reality this season.

“We’re already having a conversation at the board level and with the clubs, and we are hoping that we could start by the middle of August,” said Look Loy, head of the tier two semi-professional Super League.

President of former champions FC Santa Rosa, Look Loy anticipates such time would give clubs five to six weeks’ pre-season training before football actually begins.

“If they open up the country by the 22nd and team sport becomes possible and all of that, which is basically the end of June, then we hoping to start by the middle of August,” Look Loy said.

Sancho said the tier one TT Pro League was also anticipating competition kicking off in August subject, he said, to “all protocols observed as it relates to the Covid-19 restrictions.”

The Central FC owner explained: “Although the end of August is the start date, we are just going on the mere fact that the end of June is when we are allowed to go back out in groups and play.

“We are just like any other national in the country, where we have to play it by ear when it comes to the situation (Covid-19). The clubs are well aware and well mindful of the dates we would have set,” Sancho said.

Look Loy said he did not know if there were still plans for an integrated league between the two tiers, as once discussed.

“We don’t know the answer to that. So we are preparing to run our competitions by ourselves. We don’t know where that proposal is and we can’t sit down and wait,” he said.

“Last year we sat and we waited for the new league, the T-League or whatever you want to call it, and it didn’t come off. It was a good thing we also had our own plans so we were able to start up our operation quickly and play a one-round league.”

Meanwhile, former Sport Minister Sancho is still optimistic of a merger between the two, if only in the future.

“I don’t think it should be off. I stand by what the Board of the TT Pro League says — that a national approach is the best-fit for football in this country. We all now have to, of course, come together for the best of the sport in the country.”

Sancho added: “I think that if that is the evolution of where we are going, the national approach, that will have to be a collective conversation.

“We are sounding the clarion horn and looking for all stakeholders to come together, putting all political affiliations aside, and work for the best interest in Trinidad and Tobago.”


BY half-time, Trinidad and Tobago’s senior men’s football head-coach Angus Eve must have already been thinking of Monday’s showdown with Nicaragua in Tobago. Against Bahamas yesterday, it was essentially over after 45 minutes.

Mind you, they played well, but the Bahamians provided just token competition when going down 3-0 to the Soca Warriors in a Group C CONCACAF Nations League B match, at the Thomas A Robinson National Stadium, in Nassau, Bahamas.

THE match which was expected to be the highlight of the entire tournament did not take place when the Steve Thomas International Tennis Federation (ITF) Masters Tournament served off yesterday at National Racquet Centre, Orange Grove Main Road, Tacarigua.

Keagan Simmons and Cephas Cooper both slammed centuries for their respective clubs on the first day on the final round of matches in the National League Premiership 1 competition.

Simmons, who was dropped from the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force team for the ongoing four-day game against the Barbados Pride, returned to his club team Central Sports and slammed 108 off 154 balls as they posted 235 for seven at stumps against Clarke Road United at Wilson Road in Penal.

TRINIDAD and Tobago advanced to the men’s team quarterfinals of the Caribbean Table Tennis Championship yesterday in Guyana.

After being swept 3-0 by Dominican Republic the night before, this country’s trio whipped St Lucia 3-1 to finish second in Group 3.

The Trinidad and Tobago Red Force took the lead against the Barbados Pride on the penultimate day of their West Indies Four-Day Championship match at the Queen’s Park Oval, in Port of Spain, yesterday.

But the visitors still hold the upper hand, requiring just another 66 runs with eight wickets in hand, to seal victory, on the final day of the fourth round fixture today.

Kofi James of the Leeward Islands Hurricanes and recent West Indies recruit Alick Athanaze of the Windward Islands Volcanoes both got centuries as their sides engaged in a high-scoring West Indies Four-Day Championship contest at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba, yesterday.