By Rawle Welch
Will the reconvening of the Guyana Football Federation aborted Congress scheduled to be held tomorrow at Regency Suites bring new hope for the integration of ideas and personalities for the continued development of Guyana’s football?
That is the question that must be asked and subsequently answered tomorrow when delegates of affiliated associations meet to chart the way forward for local football.
Incumbent President of the GFF Christopher Matthias since assuming office in 2013 had faced numerous challenges to his Presidency both within and outside of the executive and has also had to withstand an attempt to remove him from office via a no-confidence motion brought on by two member associations, before FIFA deemed it null and void in a letter that was dispatched by FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke which in effect stated that they will only recognize him as the Head of Football in the country.
The statement also set a deadline for the reconvening of Congress, mandating that it be held before August 10 or face referral to the FIFA Body to face sanction. The aborted Congress was observed by CONCACAF’s Director of Legal Affairs Marco Leal, FIFA’s Developmental Officer Howard McIntosh and CONCACAF’s Legal Advisor Bruce Blake.
In reference to the no-confidence vote, Matthias had countered by stating that, “what we have is an Executive that remained in campaign mode since the last Congress.”
He added that the whole notion of being accountable, transparent and even empowering affiliates was met with resistance from those that abandoned their posts and according to him it gave a clear indication of the level of interest they had in advancing football and its administration.
Guyana’s football is in dire need of stability and integration; there is no shortage of talent and those who sit at the gathering tomorrow must understand that personal ambitions must make way for collective agreement and sensible decisions.
When the dust settles the appearance must be that football has won and the respective parties sit down with one common object in mind that is the advancement of the beautiful game and not personal agendas.
Whatever decisions are arrived at let’s hope that they are made with the aim of getting back football to its rightful place. Just like April 12, 2013, this Congress could very well determine which direction our football takes.
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