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Reid quits JFF

Long-serving Gen-Sec lands CONCACAF post

BY SEAN A WILLIAMS Assistant Sport Editor

Wednesday, October 03, 2012    

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HORACE Reid has quit his post as general secretary of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) to take up a new job with CONCACAF as its competitions director.

The Confederation of North, Cantral American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) is the regional governing body of football.

The long-serving administrator and close ally of JFF president Captain Horace Burrell will demit office on October 31.

"This new appointment commences on the first of November, 2012," Reid told the Jamaica Observer yesterday.

Reid, who formed part of Burrell's visionary team that led Jamaica to its first FIFA World Cup Finals in 1998, said leaving the JFF at this time when the Reggae Boyz are involved in a crucial World Cup qualifying series was not an easy decision.

"It was a most difficult decision to leave the JFF and Jamaica, but thanks to the tremendous understanding and support received from the president and other members of the board, I was able to take advantage of the opportunity," Reid said.

The veteran administrator said he was confident a capable successor will be found to carry on the legacy, and that the sound administrative and technical infrastructure will aid the sport going forward.

"I'm very confident in the administrative and technical infrastructure currently in place to continue the development of the sport and... prosecute successfully the remainder of the FIFA 2014 Brazil WC campaign... I have little doubt," said Reid, who was recently appointed to FIFA's Beach Soccer Committee.

Burrell said Reid's departure is a bitter-sweet occasion for him.

"It's very difficult for us to see a talent as Horace leaving the JFF at this time after giving years of yeoman service to football, but an opportunity presented itself and how could I not support the move?" he said yesterday.

"I've always encouraged ambition and the progress of individuals, so it was natural for me to hail this promotion. The good thing is that he is not leaving the sport... but instead, will be answering a higher calling," Burrell added.

Reid, who is expected to be based at CONCACAF's New York headquarters, will oversee a department primarily be responsible for the execution of the entity's competition properties, including the CONCACAF Champions League and the flagship Gold Cup Tournament.

"I've been very fortunate to have had wide exposure at the various levels of the sport, including FIFA, CONCACAF and the CFU. However, the 11 years served as JFF general secretary would have best prepared me for this new challenge as also the privilege of serving as general co-ordinator," said Reid.

He said he will bring "ideas, energy, discipline, focus and a desire for high standards" to the entity which is on the rebound following the infamous cash-for-vote scandal.

"A lot of my inspiration is borne from the fact that I'm joining the CONCACAF at the infancy of its remake. This presents enormous opportunity for me to be an integral part of a dynamic and forward-thinking confederation in much the same way when I assumed the position of general secretary of the JFF," noted Reid.

Never fazed and always on the hunt for new challenges, Reid is inspired and itching to assume his new chair.

"This is a huge challenge and one which I'm very motivated to take on. I'm a great believer in team work and a loyal supporter of good and inspired leadership and vision. Hopefully, I'll be able to enhance and improve on the outstanding work done by those before," Reid noted.

He also views his appointment as a vote of confidence in the ability of Jamaican football administrators which would inspire those wishing to move up the ladder.

"There are some very good administrators across the region, including the Caribbean, and I'm therefore privileged to be accorded this opportunity. Jamaica is also blessed in this regard in a lot of our sports, including football, track & field, netball and cricket," Reid stated.

His vast knowledge and expertise acquired over years of holding positions from the local to FIFA levels has adequately prepared him for his new role.

Reid has served as executive director of the marketing division at the Caribbean Football Union (CFU); a member of CFU legal task force; FIFA security & sStadium inspector (World Cup 2010), and chairman of CONCACAF's administration committee for 10 years, which culminated in 2011.

New CONCACAF general secretary Enrique Sanz was quoted as saying that Reid's "skills and expertise in competitions management, as well as his vast experience in football administration", will contribute to the development of the sport in the region.

Meanwhile, the Board of Directors of the JFF on the recommendation of Captain Burrell, has approved the appointment of long standing Board member and President of the Portland FA, Raymond Grant, as the new General Secretary of the JFF. The finalisation of this appointment is subject to the confirmation by his current employer.

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