Klass elevated to executive
Miami – Jack Warner was unanimously re-elected as President of CONCACAF yesterday at the Confederation’s 27th Ordinary Congress in Miami. Warner, a FIFA Vice President, ran un-opposed and is returning for his sixth-consecutive term.
The Congress was part of the Confederation’s year-long 50th anniversary celebration and featured the presence of FIFA President Sepp Blatter who has attended every CONCACAF Congress over the past twenty years.
“I am honored to have been entrusted to lead this Confederation for another four years, particurlarly during our 50th Anniversary year” said Warner who has been president since 1990. “We are certain that the next fifty years will be even more successful for CONCACAF. “
In other CONCACAF elections, Lisle Austin of Barbados and Mexican Football Federation President Justino Compean were elected to the position of CONCACAF Vice-President from the Caribbean and North American zones, respectively.
Ariel Alvarado of Panama was also re-elected to the Executive Committee as member from the Central America.
Guatemala’s Rafael Salguero will retain his seat on the FIFA Executive Committee as the Central American zone member.
The CONCACAF Executive Committee Report was delivered to the Member Associations as part of the Congress proceedings. The report outlined the Confederation’s activities since the last Congress including competitions, development programs and commercial operations. The Confederation’s annual financial statements, which detailed CONCACAF’s solid financial standing, were also presented.
On Sunday, the CONCACAF Executive Committee approved expansion of its ranks with the inclusion of three non-voting seats. The positions were filled by Guyana’s Colin Klass, Vice President of the Caribbean Football Union; Guillermo Cañedo of Mexico, a former Confederation Vice President; and Canadian women’s national team coach Carolina Morace who will represent the interests of women’s football.
“The three members will offer unique perspectives and contributions quickly thanks to their varied experiences,” said Warner.
CONCACAF also announced that its Fiftieth Anniversary celebration will be held on June 24, the day before the 2011 Gold Cup final in Pasadena, California.
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