Just about two months after the mass resignation of the executive committee, members of the Western Tigers Football Club convened yesterday morning at the Club’s West Ruimveldt playfield and elected an executive committee with former chairman of the Interim Management Committee, Roger Moe, firmly installed to the position of President. Paul Daby is the Vice President, while former national footballer, Anthony Stanton, is the Secretary. Founder member of the institution, Allan Walker, is the new Treasurer but the election of Assistant Secretary/Treasurer and Public Relations Officer has been deferred to a later date while the membership addresses amendments to the constitution.
The Returning Officer was Mark Waldron, while several football officials graced the function including President of the Georgetown Football Association (GFA), Vernon Burnette, his Vice President (Admin) Lavern Fraser and General Secretary, Odinga Lumumba.
The Club’s constitution allows the executive committee to serve for one year and several of the members moved to have this law ratified in order to give the new executive body time to address internal works. However, this motion was ruled unconstitutional and turned down by Mr. Waldron, which means that the Club, which has operated devoid of elections for 4 years, will have to return to the polls by the end of December next.
Meanwhile, Mr. Moe, who served as chairman of the Interim Management Committee, expressed gratitude to the players for their resounding confidence in his ability. He admitted that he was not contemplating the role but felt obliged to do his part to reinstate the club as the best local unit. He acknowledged the input of officials of the GFA in the eventual elections process even as he expressed gratitude to the former office bearers.
Lumumba and Burnette both delivered inspirational words to the new executive while urging them to work towards the continued development of the sport. “You have to be serious while exercising discipline and respect for your leaders,” exhorted Lumumba. Mr. Burnette reiterated the need for discipline even as he pointed out the huge strides made by the club despite the adversities.
The players were engaged in their first match after the elections process yesterday afternoon at the Tucville Ground when they faced off with Santos FC in the GFF League playoff tournament. The new President urged the players to win. “Let us leave the past in the past and look to the future,” he advocated.
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