Jan 21, 2014 Sports
Despite the administrative interruptions that has threatened to obstruct the free flow of policy implementation, the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) has been able to achieve a lot in nine (9) months since assuming office following a landmark Electoral Congress in March 2013.
This is according to President of the GFF Christopher Matthias, who sat down with Kaieteur Sport for a brief conversation about the entity’s performance to date in spite of recent developments that has resulted in the resignation of Vice-President Rawlston Adams and subsequent suspension of another Vice-President Collie Hercules.
“We’ve been able to commence our National Premier League which is set to restart shortly, while the Technical and Tactical, Infrastructural and Competitions Committees are up and running,” Matthias told Kaieteur Sport.
The GFF Head said that among the other significant achievements was the establishment of a fixed criterion to select players for national duty, increased remuneration for clubs and players, while affiliated associations now have more resources at their disposal.
Matthias, in projecting the way forward, mentioned the impending training for about thirty (30) coaches, participation in international tournaments and the construction of a home for football as among the priorities in the short term.
“We intend to have a few more competitions on the agenda namely the Nation’s Cup which is slated for December 2014 and the Golden Arrowhead Cup scheduled to run off in the new month where both tournaments will field thirty-two teams. There will also be the staging of women’s football and Futsal tournaments and all this we plan to execute this year,” Matthias disclosed.
Questioned on the current status of the ‘Goal Project’, the GFF Head said the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has already been submitted to the Ministry of Sport, while a schematic diagram outlining all the requisite components for the Project is expected to be presented to the Minister shortly.
Responding to an inquiry on the Audit Report to determine whether or not the previous administration had misappropriated any monies belonging to the GFF, Matthias said Ram & McRae, the Company retained to undertake the job, will be visited shortly and the Federation will then be guided by their recommendation (s).
“More information has been forthcoming in the public domain and we intend to continue this trend and not be distracted by unhelpful judgments,” he stated.
Matthias promised to have the game played at every level this year as part of the continued development for the sport.
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