Apr 01, 2013 Sports Comments Off on Could the Mexico money be near South Beach?
As the Guyana Football Federation Electoral Congress nears, there are quite a few burning questions that are still unanswered.
Guyana’s football has been presided over by a bunch of individuals who has ruled in controversy for close to two decades and has been viewed as extremely unpopular and authoritarian by those who it was elected to serve.
There are many examples to show that would affirm the view of many of its affiliates who often times are too afraid of reprisals to challenge the status quo.
The denial of voting rights to some associations, the reluctance to provide expertise to sub-associations and clubs to put themselves in order, the lack of development at the local level due to the paucity of coaching skills after years of FIFA’s encouragement and funding and last but not least, the failure to disclose the amount of money received for switching the World Cup qualifier against Mexico to Houston, Texas, have all pointed to the unambiguous repressive posture of the entity called the GFF.
One of the Presidential candidates, Aubrey ‘Shanghai’ Major, who was a central figure in the deal that saw Guyana switch its home World Cup qualifier against Mexico to the BBVA Stadium in Houston, Texas, must be compelled to give a detailed account to this Nation about the contents of the deal struck with the Mexico Federation and the monies derived from the agreement.
Major, who along with other Presidential hopefuls Christopher Matthias, Ivan Persaud and Alfred King will be facing the electorate on April 12, and who acted on behalf of the GFF during the selling of the rights to Sponsports and Planet Futbol cannot claim not to know the full extent of the deal and should be mandated to tell all Guyana what benefit was derived from depriving this nation the opportunity of seeing the 2012 Olympic champions on home soil.
The GFF Organising Secretary has been known to have influential powers within the Federation and as his portfolio dictates, he is responsible for such matters, so clearly he must have many of the answers the players, fans, stakeholders and everyone else associated with the game are seeking.
In addition to releases from two writers from the USA who followed the issues pertaining to the Mexico game switch closely, an unnamed source that was intimate with the negotiations and the parties involved told this writer that the monies derived from the deal was significant, and might be concealed in an account somewhere in the USA.
He further stated that it was done in that manner to deny the players, who were promised a significant portion, the knowledge of the amount that they made from the deal, fearing that those same players who worked tirelessly with little support, not benefit adequately from taking Guyana’s football from heights not attained ever before.
We just have to recall the pleas and letters written by members of the ‘Golden Jaguars’ to the GFF hierarchy to understand the nature of the Body that seems more interested in protecting their hegemonic rule rather than serving the interest of the players.
Major has the answers and pressure must mount for him or the Acting President Franklin Wilson, who faithfully promised the respected Simon Crosskill, a lead Anchor on the Caribbean Sports Network SportsMax to get the matter with the payments to the players resolved as soon as possible.
That was last December, but to date no word with regards to the fulfillment of that promise has emanated from the Headquarters of the Federation.
The public could be the judge on this matter, but come April 12, all those who were afraid to talk in the open will be able to make their feelings felt via the ballot.
The FIFA / CONCACAF visit paved the way for the eradication of intimidation and retaliation that typifies the regime and any act of such will not go unnoticed and will be reported.
Instead, the team encouraged conciliation and transparency and only time will tell if that is the new dispensation going forward.
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