Mar 24, 2013 Sports
National footballer Kayode McKinnon, in a letter to the media, has called for the new president of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) to be more minded of the welfare of players. McKinnon, who is the past had expressed some frustration with the way business has been done in the local administration of the sport, even quitting the national team, has thrown
support for Aubrey ‘Shanghai’ Major as the fittest of the three candidates contesting the elections for the job of running the game here for the next two years.
He stated, “The president of the Guyana Football Federation has to be someone who first and foremost interest must be to serve players, coaches and the beautiful game of football. The president has to be able to build bridges, not burn them in spite of criticism, disagreements and always have tolerance for other views unlike dictatorship which has messed-up the game for decades.”
“I strongly believe that given the overwhelming support more times than not Mr. Major has given to players and the national team since I was there from 1997 to date he would be a great fit for the top job. I must be honest to say in spite of his imperfection and unpopular ways in dealing with many situations one might think what will be different, but as we reflect on a man’s bad, let’s also address his good which makes him suited for president of the GFF,” McKinnon opined.
He continued, “On many occasions that I can remember the true passion and concern for the betterment of players was genuinely displayed by Mr. Major, this is a plus going forward! Mr Major has been diligent and hard working in trying to lift the level and standard of the game in Guyana, something most people cannot deny.”
“With his many trips with the national team you always know that whatever was negative around the team, he would find a way to bring a solution. Sometimes in life you need people who came from nothing to something to understand and relate to those who are working hard to get there, this is a representation of Major who told his famous story in many camps about his wheelbarrow and coals patrolling Blueberry Hill and other parts of Linden to earn a few bucks, but I believe he has done pretty well for himself and family, something most players in Guyana are trying to emulate.”
“Little things he did with no perceivable benefits and to some degree personal loss to himself he tried to make players comfortable, with international phone calls to family members from his personal phone free of charge, monetary rewards for outstanding performances, this showed what he was willing to do in order to motivate or get the best out of players. This move was surprising but I believe it is a renewed hope for a semi -professional to a professional domestic league in Guyana, so players can earn and players having opportunities to play abroad like he had done for most of us in the past.”
McKinnon further stated, “With Mr. Major at the helm and the team of successful businessmen with him I can see Guyana getting to at least the Gold Cup that has evaded us through the lack of vision by the present administrators who fail to match the passion of the players. I sincerely wish him and his team every success and urge all stakeholders, supporters and voting associations to put aside all sentiments and think about the future of the game and vote Mr. Major and his team to manage the beautiful game of football in Guyana.”
“Let our players and coaches earn a decent living from the sport they have been giving so much to with so little returns in the past. The time for change is now, let us rally around this team and hold them accountable. For the game; For the world,” McKinnon concluded.
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