Wilson pleased with outcome of FIFA/CONCACAF visit
- development initiatives discussed with Webb
President (ag) of the Guyana Football Federation Franklin Wilson has disclosed that he is pleased with the outcome of the recent FIFA/CONCACAF mediation visit which resulted in a 9-point agreement being inked between the Guyana Football Federation and the Georgetown Football Association to end the impasse between the two entities.
FIFA Vice President and CONCACAF President Jeff Webb headed the team to Guyana and held meetings with many stake holders during the one-day visit including Minister of Sport Dr. Frank Anthony and the Member Associations of the federation. Minister Anthony has since expressed satisfaction at the outcome.
Wilson believes that the outcome paves the way for the continued development of the game in Guyana involving all the associations whom he believes have vital roles to play in this regard.
“I do believe that the outcome resulted in the game being the ultimate winner at the end of the day. It has been a while since the entire matter started but I think that that is now behind us and we must all now see the bigger picture and that is the continued development of the game and our players. There is a lot of work for us to do but if we are committed to work as a team, there is no telling of what we can achieve as a nation.”
The FIFA/CONCACAF five-member team has since expressed their appreciation on the level of professionalism exhibited and the desire by both parties to end the impasse for the good of the game.
Wilson had initially reported the matter to FIFA via the Meeting of the Caribbean Football Union President’s which was held in Zurich in December 2011 and would have been following up at various intervals. The relevant documents were also forwarded to the FIFA Legal Department.
The signed agreement between the parties will be reviewed and endorsed by the FIFA Executive Committee while the world governing body and CONCACAF will work closely with the GFF to ensure that the agreement is carried out and that the GFF elections are held by April 15 as has been agreed.
It was also reported by Wilson that he met with CONCACAF President Jeff Webb at which meeting an array of development matters were discussed.
Among the areas discussed were Coaches and Referees Development. The GFF head said that briefed the CONCACAF head on the federation’s move to localize its Technical Staff.
“This is in keeping with our development thrust. We also discussed the issue of Coaches Exchange at professional clubs so that they can develop and be exposed at a higher level. Looking at the referees, an area where we have been doing well, there is room for improvement so we want to consolidate their progress. As you are aware, Dianne Ferreira-James is now part of the CFU Referees Committee.”
It was also revealed that the GFF Referees Committee as outlined by the FIFA Referees Regulations will be meeting shortly to put a programme in place for this year.
Wilson also noted that Futsal and Beach Soccer Development also formed part of the talks. “This was focused on Technical assistance, I have spoken already with a former English based Guyana player who is now into Futsal Coaching and he has indicated his willingness to come and assist us in this area. Assistance in the area of Administrative Capacity building was also sought.”