Guyanese born Canadian former international football star and Hall of Famer, Alex Bunbury, who is on a visit to his country of birth to promote a sports academy project here, has been made the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) International Ambassador.
The announcement was made on Saturday evening at a special reception in his honour held at Cara Lodge by GFF President Wayne Forde in the presence of Junior Minister within the Ministry of Education and Sport Nicolette Henry and Mayor Hamilton Green along with other dignitaries.
To a rousing round of applause during the announcement and the presentation of the certificate signifying his status, Forde handed over the accolade to Bunbury. Minister Henry also presented a special plaque to him.
Bunbury in brief remarks, called for a joint effort by all to advance football is Guyana. He promised to set the bar high in his new role as Ambassador for Guyana’s football. Bunbury said that while he may not get it right all the time, he will do all in his power to advance football in this country. But most importantly advance our young people so they can have a bright future. The football star said, it is not only with academics, but with sport and academics, noting that there has to be a balance between the two. Bunbury said our children should not be denied the opportunity to play on fields worthy of their talent.
He said he was humbled by the recognition and being chosen to represent Guyana, which is the best of the many awards he has received. He expressed gratitude to those assembled and the officials for their support and recognition.
Bunbury travelled here to promote his vision of establishing an academy of sports and academics for talented youngsters here with the aim of having them equipped to ply their trade overseas as he did. His vision was well received and it will be followed with interest as the work begins to make it a reality. He has the support of government and the football federation and was well received in the various communities he visited, mainly Plaisance, his home village, and Linden.
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