Jun 12, 2012 Sports
Now that it has entered the public’s domain officially, via an article published in your newspaper (08.06.12) captioned. “Atzeca baptism awaits Golden Jaguars”, Wherein according to the article’s publication, “Guyana Football Federation acting President Franklin Wilson, Aubrey “Shanghai” Major, Faizal Khan, Mark Phillips of the Georgetown Football Association and Dexter Austin of Western Tigers are some of the notable football personalities from Guyana expected to be at the game”, Editor, since from all indications the individual, who made the release from Mexico City, Mexico-according to the publication, was either ill-advised or, mildly put displays a total lack of being au-fait with the structure of local football, to the extent that a conflict of interest have risen in one instance.
In relation to Mark Phillips, the individual along with is fellow executive members and affiliates of the GFA, remains “blacklisted” by the GFF, primarily due to the filing of an injunction in a Court of Law! And by virtue of the Association being unable to attend General Council Meetings, or participate in GFF sanctioned competitions, would automatically rule out any representative of the GFA, to be accredited with that status.
As it relates to Dexter Austin, this individual, who isn’t a member of the Tigers executive, but merely a supporter according to reliable sources. Within this context, both individuals would have had to receive written accreditation from the GFF to be so deemed “football personalities”, albeit, ambassadors of the sport at large!
In the absence of such no special privileges cannot be obtained overseas. i.e. free access to the stadium; courtesy calls, photo opportunities and social functions etc. With both individuals devoid of any administrative expertise at club or association level, much less national, remains a gross insult to one’s intelligence!
Finally, in a subsequent publication of S.N (11.06.12) captioned “Mark Phillips calls for boycott of Golden Jaguars match against Costa Rica”, How preposterous for a sports enthusiast, who is a Vice President, of the GFA! Why didn’t the individual publicly object, when the entrance fee of $3,000 was advertised weeks ago? Why wait until one day before the match! Isn’t this tantamount to treason?
Of the other issues raised, I do hope it isn’t reflective of the collective will of the GFA in its entirety, if not; a dangerous precedent is being set! Does Mr. Phillips know the additional costs of staging/ hosting a third round World Cup qualifying match, in relation to FIFA’s requirements?
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