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CONCACAF boss Webb to address JFF congress, FIFA coaching school

Sunday, July 20, 2014    

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FIFA vice-president and CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb is in the island for two football engagements.

The Caymanian will be a special guest at the JFF congress at Secrets Hotel in Montego Bay today at 11:00 am, and he will then address the opening of a FIFA coaching course for female players at the JFF Technical Centre in Mona tomorrow at 9:30 am.

Webb, who also serves as chairman of FIFA's Racism and Discrimination Task Force, is also expected to address delegates at the voting congress where the incumbent Captain Horace Burrell will be returned unopposed for a third-straight term at the helm of the nation's football.

Other members of the Burrell slate who were expected to be elected unopposed are the Western Confederation's Bruce Gaynor for first vice-president; Eastern Confed's Raymond Anderson (second vice-president); South Central Confed's Michael Ricketts (third vice-president); St Catherine FA's long-serving Peter Reid as executive officer; and business executive Garfield Sinclair for treasurer.

On the recommendation of Burrell, Raymond Grant received the full backing of the JFF board of directors and will continue as general secretary.

Gaynor, who serves as second vice-president in the current administration, is set to make the step up, replacing Dale Spencer, who vacated the first vice-president position some time ago.

At the last voting congress, Burrell also retained the JFF presidency unchallenged.

Speaking to the Sunday Observer recently, Burrell had said he was humbled by the confidence placed in him by delegates.

"I am deeply humbled by the confidence reposed in me by my colleagues. But this is not a moment to gloat, but a serving of notice that we have been entrusted to carry on the work in a new and exciting future of the country's football development, and this to us, is a serious business," Burrell said.

As he looked ahead, the CONCACAF vice-president said the challenges awaiting the new executive are varied and complex, but he believed the team is in place to meet these challenges head-on as Jamaica positions itself for wholesale growth in the game.

The development of a club franchise system, partnership with government and corporate Jamaica to improve playing surfaces and infrastructure, introduction of a club licensing system, and the continued development of coaches, referees and administrators are numbered among the priorities.

"These are initiatives, old and new, that the incoming executive and membership intend to press on with. We know that when change is impending there are usually pockets of resistance, but we intend to dialogue and sit together as a family to arrive at a consensus in this regard.

"I know that at the end of the day we all want the same thing and that is to see the growth and development of our sport and our players, and with that in mind, there's no doubt we will find the traction to move forward in one accord," Burrell was quoted in this newspaper.

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