Head of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) Normalisation Committee (NC), local businessman Clinton Urling, has indicated that they will have
constitutional reform on the NC’s front burners in the coming weeks.
While the General Council is supposed to be the highest decision making forum for the Federation, no meeting of that body is scheduled shortly, with the NC’s full attention on the reforms as directed by world governing body for Football, FIFA.
Disputes in the sport over the years and highlighted under Christopher Matthias’ presidency saw FIFA moving to sort out the issues with the installation of Guyana’s first Normalisation Committee. Led by Urling, the task was specific, bring Guyana’s football up to scratch and the businessman has been following according to plan.
FIFA Head of Member Associations Premo Cavaro and Head of Legal Affairs Marco Leal were here to pass on the specific instructions of the governing body last year.
Cavaro indicated that the current constitution needed some improvement and following getting its feet wet with the appointment of a Technical Director and Head Coach among other business, the NC has turned to the requisite changes necessary in the constitution.
Cavaro noted that there will be major changes in how the game is governed here, and the NC will be the forerunner for a new GFF which will advance the development of local football.
Urling recently told the media, “Currently with the normalisation Committee, there’s no General Council meeting until after we’ve done the constitutional reform and we have the General Council meeting which is the annual one; there’s no emergency one”.
Some have questioned this decision, however Urling pointed out, “We wouldn’t be calling any general council meeting or emergency meeting or anything like that from now until maybe after September. The Normalisation Committee is the GFF executive committee which FIFA appointed to straighten things out which primarily is the constitution and running this office and supervising the elections.”
“Early February, we’ll have a committee of no more than 15 persons sitting on that committee for two days and FIFA will handle that process and not the Normalisation Committee and after the two days, we’ll come out with a new Constitution, hopefully and from then, all our Member Associations’ constitution should mirror or fall in line,” Urling disclosed.
How the NC will structure those reforms is not yet known. Urling, however had stated, “The approach to doing it in terms of how we’re going to our member association, I can’t say presently; maybe we will hire a consultant to go around or we go as a committee, I’m not sure of the process”.
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