The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association, led by FIFA’s normalisation committee, has worked with the Unicomer Group and the El Salvador Football Federation (FESFUT) to assist three Trinidad and Tobago internationals currently stranded in the Central American country due to travel restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic.
The actions of the Robert Hadad-led committee were taken to ensure professional players Jomal Williams, Jamal Jack and Jomoul Francois are kept safe and healthy until they can make their way back to T&T.
Managing Director of Unicomer (Trinidad) Ltd Clive Fletcher liaised with Unicomer Group CEO Mario Siman to ensure that the players are now housed together and taken care of until T&T’s borders are re-opened.
The players, who have all represented Trinidad and Tobago at senior level, were playing in El Salvador’s Primera División for the 2019/20 season but were facing increasing pressure to meet their daily demands after government lockdowns and the cancellation of the remainder of the season.
Defender Jamal Jack offered his genuine appreciation to all those involved in making the provisions possible.
“Mr. Hadad, a heartfelt thanks to you and your team for reaching out to us. We really appreciate what you did for us,” stated Jack. “I am sincerely grateful for the assistance.”
Jack and Francois joined Salvadorian clubs Jocoro F.C. and Independiente F.C. San Vicente, respectively in January, 2020 while their compatriot Jomal Williams signed for A.D. Isidro Metapan in July, 2019. In March, 2020, the government of El Salvador declared a national quarantine in the fight against Covid-19 and imposed strict measures to reduce the spread of the virus, thus severely limiting the footballers’ movements and access to food and other supplies.
The Unicomer Group operates in 27 countries from its headquarters in El Salvador and operates retail brands of Unicomer Caribbean such as Courts, Courts Optical, Ashley Furniture HomeStore, RadioShack, Lucky Dollar and Servitech. It was through that association that they were able to quickly reach out to the concerned footballers.
The TTFA acknowledged the “tremendous assistance” offered by Meybely Lopez and the president of the El Salvador Football Federation, and the players’ clubs in making the arrangements possible. The TTFA also said it will continue to communicate with the players to ensure that they are as comfortable as possible until their return, expressing thanks to the Unicomer Group and the El Salvador Football Federation for their continued support.