Oct 02, 2014 Sports
Dear Sports Editor,
My dear football officials, the GFF was founded in 1902 and have since become affiliated with FIFA and the other respective area Federations. Since its formation there were many highs and lows within the administration of the GFF.
However, in 2014 I am sad to say that we are at rock bottom now with the level of poor administration that is being meted out. My dear Presidents, Secretaries, Treasurers and other Executives of the affiliated Associations of the GFF, are you all comfortable with the type of leadership that the current President and Executives (only 1 left) are portraying.
Let us examine some of what has transpired during his tenure, and then you judge for yourself if he is the role model and ideal person to lead the GFF. He has been promising some of you lots of stuff, have they materialized.
During the run up to the elections, Mr. President was all sweet talk and promises as the usual politicians do. He promised that in a jiffy he will liquidate the debt that he inherited, he had a master plan which would have made the GFF financially viable and every affiliate would be in good stead.
He promised to give all the Associations a grant so that the Executives would be given a monthly stipend for their voluntary work, has this come to fruition. Ladies and Gentlemen the debts have raised two fold.
The GFF is in the process of starting the 2014 League. Yet they owe persons for the League for 2012 (Super League) and 2013 (Premier League) they owe the teams, the referees, the transportation providers, the grounds and some other persons associated with the running of the League and they are restarting another League. Is this proper management and excellent leadership the goodly President is speaking about.
I would like to ask the Berbice, Essequibo, West Demerara, Upper Demerara and Bartica Associations in particular, have you received any tangible assistance that you can say was worth the cause? Or you have been waiting for the pot of gold that seems elusive. I guess you are waiting for the Mini Buses too.
We may all agree that the GFF was due to have a change in leadership, new ideas and personnel were needed, brand new and innovative thinking persons were required to have a new breath of fresh air, instead we saw failure, failure and more failure.
The Georgetown, East Coast, East Bank, Women’s & Referees Association saw it fit to move a vote of no confidence against this present depleted GFF Executives. These Associations are some of the most vibrant there are in terms of teams, organizational abilities, and standard of play amongst other things.
Can you remember if the Referees Association was the swing voters in the last election, after Mr. King was ousted in the voting procedure they persuaded the others to vote for Mr. Matthias instead of Mr. Aubrey “Shanghai” Major and the rest is now history.
That turned out to be a National Disaster, maybe comparison to the 2005 floods that devastated Guyana. To you folks, take stock of where we are and where we were, don’t be fooled by a few balls and shin pads and call that football development.
Development is upgrading of infrastructure, edifying coaches and certifying them, conducting Referees courses, conducting Administrative seminars, promoting the playing of football at all levels, Ul0, U12, U14, U16, U18, U20, U23, Senior and Women continuously.
Football is a business and should be treated as such, get into partnership with major stakeholders and make the game attractive so it can attract spectators and sponsors.
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