Dear Sports Editor,
At the last FIFA Presidential Elections when Mohammad Bin Hammin decided to run against the incumbent President Sepp Blatter, a dominoes effect was created with persons in the Caribbean being accused for accepting bribes amongst other things.
Guyana was not spared and former GFF President Mr Colin Klass and General Secretary Mr Noel Adonis were each slapped with suspension. Mr Adonis still remains with the GFF, but Mr Klass has been replaced and booted out into oblivion by Mr Christopher Matthias, well known and respected Custom Broker.
Persons were of the view that three (3) of the four (4) Presidential hopefuls who contested the GFF Elections could have brought some credibility and respectability to the GFF. Mr Matthias with his smooth and slick presentation out maneuvered and outwitted the others and prevailed, he is now the President.
But as you look back at his performance one wonders if the electorate did the correct thing. When the goodly President took office the debt was in the proximity of $30 million dollars, news from sources is that the debt has now met an exorbitant $50 million dollars. In his campaign he pledged to liquidate the debt earliest but it seems that he meant increasing it two fold in speedy time.
Mr Editor, it is clear that the present President has no clue in what he is doing, he is building enemies and destroying the football with his supposedly statesman like posture and slick tongue.
This individual has been found out to be very deceptive and illusory recently. He seldom takes advice and has the penchant and affinity to distort the facts and cause unnecessary anxiety amongst the constituencies.
Mr. Editor the GFF has real debts but yet his Excellency is in the process of increasing the stipend of the members of the executives by some 300% with all of them to receive in excess of $100,000 each. This is absurd and ridiculous, where will this money come from, he has increased the staff hence more salary has to be found, he continues to incur tremendous debts owing the transportation services, the respective grounds, the referees and all the amenities that goes along with the running off of the Premier League.
It seems that the Executives who have all approved the increase are out to milk the Federation of cash that it cannot afford.
Can you say if the General Council is privy to this information? Can you say if that is contributing to football development? What do these goodly gentlemen and lady do or will be doing to earn such lavish “STIPEND”. Based on Information they will be earning more than most if not all of the employees who are more qualified and experienced than them. One wonders if it is a salary or really a stipend.
Deception continues to be a trademark in the Federation. Earlier this year, the Beach Soccer Team was due to depart these shores to represent Guyana in a CONCACAF tournament but due to a number of discrepancies and inconsistencies the team was denied the privilege to travel. The President was in contact with the organisers who assured him and who in return assured the Nation that no penalty will be incurred, however lo and behold when, some local players were in Trinidad & Tobago they were informed that Guyana was fined and an investigation was launched and it is a known fact that Guyana was fined either $10,000 or $20,000 USD (The correct figure will be known later) and it is with the President. Why the cover up? Is the President ashamed? Is he too haughty to make known the facts?
Mr. Editor, there seems to be some weird stuff going on in that office way down in Campbellville. Do you know that the President and a few of the Executives are not hitting it off too well? Am I sensing dictatorship creeping into the Football Hierarchy?
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