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Confed League here to stay — McLean

BY HORACE HINES Observer West reporter

Thursday, August 07, 2014    

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SAVANNA-LA-MAR, Westmoreland — CHAIRMAN of the Western Confederation Linnel McLean has dispelled the notion that under the Jamaica Football Federation's (JFF) proposed franchise system, "there will be no future for the Confed".

Radical changes are planned for the 2015-16 club football season. Among the new proposals is a move for the Premier League, the nation's top tier division, to transform the current 12-team club competition into a tournament consisting of 10 franchises.

McLean argues that over the years, the Confederation has provided a window for the qualification of teams to compete in the National Premier League.

"For us, we have seen over the years where the Confed competition helps the team in the situation of going into the Premier League play-offs. And, as such, we are going to continue the Confed competition."

He emphasised: "As a matter of fact, based on where we are going, I don't see Confed competition going away... because, even when we do franchise, the fact of the matter is that FIFA expects you to have a national promotional league. When we have the franchising there has to be a national promotional league."

The Western Confederation boss made reference to Reno FC, the recent winner of the Western Confed, who has now advanced to the National Premier League through the play-off.

"We believe in the Confed competition, we have seen where it works. Reno is a prime example of this in winning this year. It is because you had a serious competition to develop your team over that period," McLean explained.

He was speaking at the recent awards ceremony of the JFF Western Confederation/Captain's Bakery& Grill/Charley's JB Rum-sponsored 2013-2014 Super League held at the Hotel Commingle in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland.

Reno FC, the 2013-2014 champions, were the toast of the awards, capturing most of the major prizes, which included a $200,000 cash award.

Meanwhile, Reno's goal-poacher Craig Foster, who ended the league with 14 goals, not only copped the Leading Goal Scorer's award, but the Most Valuable Player, as well. Losing Western Confed finalists, Granville FC, were awarded $120,000 as their first runner-up cash prize.

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