ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA – Management and players of the St. Mark based Hurricanes Football Club, winners of the 2017 Waggy T Super Knockout Football Tournament, seem bent on accepting nothing less than the remaining forty-thousand dollars as promised.
However, the main organizer of the tournament said while he understands their concerns, he simply cannot meet their demand, when they are speaking cash, while he is speaking value.
Hurricanes, the Sunset City-based football club won the tournament in December of 2017 defeating St. John’s Sports in the final at the Grenada National Stadium.
Speaking to the Grenada Informer last week, one senior member of the Hurricanes club said having won the tournament; they were expecting to receive the agreed winning prize of eighty thousand dollars ($80,000.00); forty thousand ($40,000.00) in cash, and forty thousand dollars ($40,000.00) towards a trip to Saint Lucia to engage the winner of a similar tournament in that country.
However, to-date the club member said, they have only received $40,000.00 in cash.
The club member told this newspaper that while they were somewhat reluctant to publicize the issue, they found it strange that while information surrounding the Saint Lucia trip was not forthcoming, when contacted, the main organizer of the tournament Wayne Redhead told them that efforts to contact one Edward Fedee from Saint Lucia, the man responsible for organizing that aspect of the prize have not been successful thus, for hence the reason for the delay.
In a face to face meeting with members of the Hurricane Club, the member said, Redhead offered the team $20,000.00 as a trade-off, claiming that having already hosted the Saint Lucia team last year at the opening, at his own expense, he already has a loss.
However, he is willing to come to some compromise. The member told the Informer his club has rejected that offer, claiming the least they are willing to accept is $35,000.00.
The member was adamant that while they are hoping to come to some amicable settlement to this situation, they are not ruling out legal action. In fact, he hinted, the document was already in the hands of the club’s attorney who is awaiting further instructions.
Meanwhile, speaking to the organiser of the tournament Redhead via telephone on Monday June 26, 2018, he said he is rather surprised that the Hurricane Club chose to take that particular course of action when he was awaiting their next move following their face-to-face meeting.
Redhead said while he understands the concerns of the management and players of the Hurricane Club, the problem was one that he inherited due to failure on the part of Saint Lucian Edward Fedee to accept his side of the agreement, one he said that has worked well for three years.
Redhead went further to say that the issue surrounds a trip to Saint Lucia valued at $35,000.00 and not $40,000.00 in cash, as the club is claiming.
Nevertheless having failed to make contact with Fedee after a multiplicity of calls and messages, he took it upon himself to offer the Hurricane Club $20,000.00 as a compromise, but they insisted on $35,000.00.
Wayne Redhead, dubbed one of Grenada’s most successful promoters, said it was never a case where he was not willing to pay team prize. In fact, he said, it is problem that emerged from Fedee’s failure to take responsibility.
He noted that Fedee and he had an agreement that took Grenadian footballers to Saint Lucia and vice-versa. In every instance he said, the host takes care of the expenses, and having hosted Saint Lucia in December, it was Fedee’s turn to host Hurricanes, but he just could not be found.
Nevertheless, despite the present situation Redhead told the Informer he is willing to pay since it was his tournament.
However, he said he simply cannot accept the Hurricane demand when the prize spoke to a trip valued at $35,000.00, and not cash.
Meanwhile, when asked about the future of the Waggy-T Super Knock-out, Redhead said it is difficult to say since he does not get feeling that his contribution to the development of football in Grenada is being appreciated.
The Waggy T Super Knock-out kicks off annually in October. (grenadainformer)