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September 19, 2020
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Former GFF president questions move to investigate shifted 2014 World Cup Qualifier match

first_imgWITH the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) being ordered by their members to thoroughly investigate the reason behind the shift of a proposed 2014 World Cup Qualifier return match between Guyana and Mexico from the Guyana National Stadium at Providence to Houston Texas, how much money was made and the money owed to the players as a result of the move, former GFF president Franklin Wilson is asking: “Why investigate?” He is claiming that all the evidence is at the Dadanawa Street headquarters.Guyana were due to face Mexico at the Guyana National Stadium during their historic run at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier. However, the GFF sold the hosting rights for the game, which was then hosted at the BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas, on October 12, 2012.The Golden Jaguars had lost 3-1 to Mexico at the Azteca and fans in Guyana were hoping to see the likes of Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez in action at Providence.Wilson, while welcoming and respecting the members’ right to have information surrounding the Guyana vs Mexico match played in Houston, Texas, USA, is adamant that all relevant information pertaining to that match is in the possession of the GFF.Wilson, in responding to the decision taken by the GFF members at the just concluded congress, based on a motion proposed and seconded by two Elite League clubs, believes that it is time for the matter to be concluded and if possible the requisite moneys owed to the players be paid, based on the affordability of the GFF.According to Wilson, it was not the desire of the-then GFF to just move the game but a number of factors resulted in such a decision. Some are meagre local funding, no funding from the-then Government, lack of resources to host the game, the fact that Guyana had already lost the opportunity to advance further in the competition as well as the necessity for the federation to supplement its income to meet expenses and indebtedness already incurred.Wilson noted that the contracts that were entered into with Sponsports, the letter from FIFA granting permission for the game to proceed as well as one from the US Soccer Federation giving approval for the game to be played in their jurisdiction were sent to then President Donald Ramotar and Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Dr Frank Anthony.“The GFF is also in possession of information on the sums actually received in cash. In addition, this information as well as documentation regarding the expenditure on the Men’s Senior National Football team during the period January to November 2012 was shared with the media at a press conference held at the GFF in December 2012,” Wilson stated.The former GFF president explained that “match fees and bonuses agreed between the players and the GFF have been paid to them (the players). What is outstanding to the players is the agreed amount of 12% of moneys accruing to the GFF after expenses.”Wilson is of the view that “there is no need to expend much needed dollars to unearth what transpired when the facts that can lead to closure on this issue are already accessible and in the possession of the GFF. Closure of this would be a plus for all and sundry and Guyana as a whole.”Wilson disclosed that he and the current GFF president would have had discussions on the matter before and he is urging that wisdom and good sense be allowed to prevail.Wayne Forde, the GFF president, had told reporters recently that “we now have the tools that we need to reach out to both FIFA and CONCACAF, for their support both in terms of their investigative capacity, and the necessary funding that will no doubt be required to undertake such an investigation”.Forde is of the opinion that Guyana’s football administrative problems need closure and that “we’re happy that one of our members brought this to the floor. Of course the Executive Committee from day one will pursue and now continue to pursue closure to this matter and I’m now happy that we now have a clear mandate from our membership to resolve this matter.”There’s no specific time-frame given to complete the investigation, which Forde promised to be independent, “but what was proposed is that something get going within 14 days, which I think we have no difficulty with.”last_img read more

September 16, 2020
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Football prepares for opener against Fresno State

first_imgIn the spirit of consistency, the Trojans won’t be changing what they do on the field week-to-week, no matter how good the upcoming opponent. The plays the offense will run are from the spring playbook. Helton said the simplicity of the new system will allow younger players to step up. From Daniels’ end, the Air Raid system requires less thought; he can just go out and execute.  “People have been jawing about ‘SC Sucks, ‘SC’s this, ‘SC’s going to win five games again,’” Pittman said. “So I’m ready to play and ready to prove them wrong.” The Trojans aren’t looking back; it’s all about the here and now. But Pittman said things haven’t changed too much from last year. The team is more physically built than it was last year, but the biggest difference is that the players are working harder.  This is the deepest wide receiver group Pittman has played with, and the veteran said it will make his job easier. The defense can’t target and double team him because if they do, they’ll be creating an opening for other receivers like redshirt juniors Velus Jones Jr. and Tyler Vaughns and sophomores Devon Williams and  Amon-Ra St. Brown.  The coaching staff created the quarterback depth chart based on who was most consistent, and head coach Clay Helton has confidence in all three scholarship quarterbacks. Sophomore starter JT Daniels used the same phrase as Pittman that “football is still football,” referring to changes from last year. One difference is Daniels’ role as a leader on the team.  WIDE RECEIVERS Freshman wide receiver Bru McCoy’s waiver has not been cleared yet. He will likely not play this Saturday, as the NCAA is not expected to make a decision before the game. In preparing for both the opener and the season as a whole, the Trojans will be focusing more on themselves than on their opponents.  “They’re not going to be the ones that get written about in the paper, they’re probably not going to be talked about on the news, but the reason we’re successful or not successful is going to fall on them,” he said.   Along with having more experience, Daniels is also more vocal. Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Graham Harrell taught him the importance of energy, saying that “the most excited team wins.” He’s still not a “rah-rah guy” but now leans more toward that end of the spectrum than being a “quiet guy.”  Harrell expects his group to improve every single day, and week by week he expects them to play better as the team continues to gel. That camaraderie is key to Harrell’s offense. Feeling comfortable with the players next to you is just as important as individual talent.center_img “It’s all about us, we don’t really care what they do,” Pittman said. “Obviously we look at them and scout them, that’s what every good team does.”  Harrell has placed a lot of responsibility on the offensive line, which will set the tone for both the physicality and the tempo of the offense. His expectation for the offense is to dominate the line of scrimmage.  OFFENSIVE ATTACK “Everything feels the same to me,” Pittman said. “Football is football, nothing really changes. I think we just have more confidence and our quarterback has more confidence. We’re all just ready to play football.” After waiting seven months to get back out on the field, this week of practice marks the final stretch before the Trojans’ home opener against Fresno State this Saturday. Having practiced against each other for so long, there’s a new energy with the Trojans, symbolized by President Carol Folt’s presence at practice.  Senior wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. expressed the importance of the Trojans starting the season strong. A win this weekend would help garner momentum and set the tone for the rest of the fall. INJURY REPORT Redshirt freshman inside linebacker Solomon Tuliaupupu will lose another season to recovering from a surgery on his foot he had prior to coming to USC. Once healed, he’ll have four years left of eligibility, making him an older player which can certainly be an advantage, and he’ll have the opportunity to be healthy, which is the most important thing, Helton said.  Senior wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. heads downfield after hauling in a pass against Colorado in 2018. (Daily Trojan file photo)last_img read more