Robert Hadad

DEBT THE BIGGEST CONCERN: Chairman of the TTFA normalisation committee Robert Hadad.

Taking control of the office of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association is the first first job businessman Robert Hadad will tackle, having been appointed chairman of a normalisation committee for Trinidad & Tobago football by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the governing body for world football.

Speaking to local media, Hadad said: “I have to get the office of the TTFA under my control. Where I am in control of the offices of the TTFA and the employees of the TTFA.

“Thereafter, I have to put some people in there that I trust and I can work with,” he added.

Hadad felt the biggest challenge will be assessing the TTFA debt which is said to be between TT$50 to $60 million and expected to rise with a few additional litigation matters on the horizon

“We have a lot of varied information coming at us in terms of how much is owed and who is owed. So, I see us having to sort out the exact payable debt of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association and all of the litigation matters.

“This will be the most difficult area for us to get on top of and find out what is real, what is true, what is correct,” Hadad said. FIFA has given the normalisation committee a maximum of 24 months to work, then holding free elections and handing the Association back to a new TTFA administration. Hadad has a few goals he will like to see accomplished at the end of his tenure.

“I would love to see the TTFA in a debt-free position or with a programme in place to take care of all their debts and a strong management team in place. I will seek to put people in place who will be dedicated and committed to see TTFA put themselves in a strong financial position.” Hadad gave an undertaking to remain neutral while the TTFA undergoes restructuring.

“I am going to remain middle of the road. I am not going to favour anyone. I am not in a position to judge anybody past or future,” he said.

“We are here to just make the Trinidad & Tobago Football Association a stronger Association.”

Likewise, career banker and former National Flour Mills chairman Romano will use his experience to benefit Trinidad and Tobago football.

“I know where I want to focus, getting the right people in the right places,” he said. “Getting the right processes and procedures in place. Getting the right governance in place.“

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