January 27, 2020

TTFA President a candidate for Caribbean Football Union Head Post

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TTFA-PresidentBy MELISSA STANISCLAUS From Power FM Trinidad & Tobago

Delegates attending the 39th Ordinary Congress Saturday in Miami, Fl. will vote for an Executive Committee to lead the organization for the next four years.

The president, , will seek another four-year mandate.

He is being challenged by  David John-Williams, president of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association, and Hillaren Frederick, president of the United States Virgin Islands Football Association.

There have been three presidents (and two acting presidents) of the CFU since its establishment in January 1978. The late André Kamperveen from Suriname served first from 1978 to 1982, then Jack Warner of Trinidad and Tobago from 1983 to 2011. Barbadian Lisle Austin acted as president on Warner’s resignation but lasted only four days in office as he was suspended for attempting to overrule  in the Barbadian civil court.  Haitian Yves Jean-Bart acted then from 2011 to 2012 when Gordon Derrick from Antigua/Barbuda  was elected and serves four years later.

Neanwhile Angel Maria Villar, UEFA’s longest-serving vice president, is standing in the election to succeed Michel Platini as the head of European soccer.

The Spanish federation president announced his candidacy ahead of today’s deadline for September’s UEFA presidential election.

Villar is set to be challenged for the presidency by Michael van Praag, a UEFA vice president from the Netherlands, and Slovenia federation head Aleksander Ceferin.

Platini has been forced to relinquish the presidency as he serves a four-year ban from world soccer but Villar has his own history with the FIFA ethics committee.

He was issued with a warning last year for an indecent remark in 2014 to then-FIFA prosecutor Michael Garcia during an investigation into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bid contests.

IMAGE: President of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association, David John-Williams

For more on this story go to: http://news.power102fm.com/ttfa-president-a-candidate-for-caribbean-football-union-head-post-37591

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Candidate for Caribbean football presidency considering withdrawing

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Hillaren Frederick stands aside to allow Gordon Derrick a free run at the presidency.

Hillaren Frederick, the president of the UV Virgin Islands and one of three candidates for the presidency of the Caribbean Football Union, which will be decided on July 23 in Miami, is considering standing aside to give the incumbent Gordon Derrick a free run.

The Antiguan is facing a strong challenge from David John-Williams, president of the Trinidad & Tobago Football FA and Frederick says providing there is no “outside interference” on Saturday he will not stand for the presidency.

Frederick, who is already an executive committee member and is also running for the position of vice president, told World Soccer: “I am not running against Gordon Derrick, I am running with him to be his vice president.

“If something happens to Gordon Derrick, I will be there for him. It depends what happens on Saturday. If Gordon Derrick is running, I will not be.

“I will stand down if there is no outside intervention and give my support to Gordon Derrick.”

Hillaren did not say what “outside intervention” he feared, but said that he had not sought the nominations of any of the three positions he has been nominated for.

“My colleagues who I work with at the CFU know how much I have done in the USVI in the last five years that I have been president and know I am someone who can listen,” added Frederick. “I never sought these nominations, other people put me forward.”

For the first time, Frederick also shed some light on his notorious dual nomination of Trinidadian David Nakhid and Jerome Champagne for the FIFA presidency earlier this year, which broke election rules and disqualified the only Caribbean candidate.

“Myself and the CFU were treated wrong,” said Frederick before going on to explain the course of events.

He said: “On August 15, David Nakhid did a presentation to the CFU in St Martin and told our committee that he wanted their support as the Caribbean candidate.

“He told us that he had at least 11 other countries supporting him. I never spoke to him personally and we decided to give our nomination to Champagne, who we felt was the best candidate.

“Then the day before the election a representative of David Nakhid gave me a call and said we need one more nomination.

“I said ‘why the day before?’ and ‘why the small USVI? I thought you had 11 nominations.’

“I said that we had already nominated someone else, but didn’t say who. We had never done this before so I called the CFU president [Gordon Derrick] and said how many candidates can be nominated? He didn’t know either. In other types of elections you can nominate more than one person.

“So I thought if he needs just one more, they why not and FIFA can come back for clarification. Then it all blew up in the media.

“It was not written in the FIFA statutes but it was an honest mistake. He never reached out to me personally, he just told the press that I was against the Caribbean, which is just not true.”

IMAGE: Caribbean Football Union CFU

For more on this story go to: http://www.worldsoccer.com/news/candidate-for-caribbean-football-presidency-withdraws-383930#ED03IvSOwwV7lQ8E.99

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