Burnett returns to the helm of GFA
– President Ramotar congratulates new executive
Lieutenant Commander Vernon Burnett retained the Presidency of the Georgetown Football Association (GFA) when the entity held its Electoral Congress, at the Sleep In Hotel on Brickdam yesterday.
Burnett defeated University of Guyana Sports Co-ordinator Lavern Fraser-Thomas by two votes after the voting ended 9-7 in his favour.
Fraser- Thomas, however, came back to win the Vice-President of Administration position after securing a wide margin of victory over her two opponents and in the process replaced Ivor Thompson, who did not seek re-election.
Mark Phillips like his President returned as Vice-President of Competitions unopposed, while Rawle Adams was voted Vice-President of Technical and Tactical Development.
Christopher Matthias remained as the General Secretary after defeating Steve Ninvalle 9-5; incumbent Treasurer Dexter Schultz retained his post after beating Andre Dazzell 10-6 and Charmine Wade was a convincing winner over Daniel Thomas and Fiona Hamilton as she too retained her position as Assistant Secretary / Treasurer.
Meanwhile, the General Council of the GFA endorsed and congratulated the new executive and promised their full support providing that they continue along the same path that they took over the past 24 months.
The members urged that the executive continue to engage them on the way forward, adding that what was exhibited yesterday mirrored a professional tone that they hope will persist over the next two years.
They all agreed that the resolution that ended the impasse had worked and commended FIFA/CONCACAF for their timely visit.
The three teams that had chosen to walk out of the Association and subsequently reinstated were welcomed back and urged to give the new executive their full support.
Burnett in his acceptance speech thanked the Body for re-electing him to the Presidency which according to him provides the opportunity for continued progress and the completion of work that had started under his stewardship. He said his re-election and the cordial atmosphere in which the Congress was conducted demonstrated how prepared all the parties involved in the sport are willing to work together for the good of the game.
He called on them for their continued support not only in tackling the problems that plague the development of the game, but also to eliminate the administrative problems that stymied advancement for so long.
Meanwhile, Acting President of the Guyana Football Federation Franklin Wilson in his remarks first extended congratulations on behalf of the entity to the new executive informing that the day marked the best day that he has experienced since his tenure began over one year ago.
He added that the challenge now is to consolidate the gains made and pointed to what can be achieved when all parties work together.
“There is no doubt that what occurred today will resonate around all the other associations because it is an ideal model that can be marketed to all the other affiliates,” Wilson reasoned.
He called on all parties to be open-minded and objective in going forward.