Harris registers landslide victory in CFU presidential election

Tuesday, June 12, 2018


The incumbent Randy Harris was yesterday elected to a full term as president of the Caribbean Football Union (CF), defeating challenger Hillaren Frederick 27-3 at a voting congress at the Amber Plaza Convention Centre in Moscow, Russia.

Harris, the president of the Barbados Football Association, was also elected unopposed to the CONCACAF Council as a vice-president, filling the position left vacant by the late Jamaican football boss Captain Horace Burrell, who passed away last year.

The Barbadian was elected by the CFU membership last year in an acting capacity following the six-year ban of then President Gordon Derrick.

Efforts to reach Harris for a comment yesterday proved futile.

However, the defeated Frederick, the president of the US Virgin Islands Football Asscoation, expressed disappointment with his loss, but vowed to continue to play his role in the growth and development of Caribbean football.

“It was disappointing, but I sensed I was going to lose from I hit Moscow last night (Sunday) as the same folks who had told me yes was treating me like a stranger and realised that something had changed.

“But I congratulated Randy because he won fair and square, and I hope that he will now move the CFU in the direction it needs to go,” Frederick told the Jamaica Observer shortly after the vote.

Meanwhile, at its 33rd Ordinary Congress in Moscow Russia yesterday, delegates celebrated the accomplishments of the confederation for 2017.

“Following the completion of a successful governance reform effort over the last two years, our confederation has forged a new era. Working together as a family, we have delivered on our One CONCACAF Vision to continue expanding and producing tangible benefits to our game,” said President Victor Montagliani.

“This is an era of resounding commitment to serving our member associations and increased investment in development and broader, more inclusive competitions,” he said in a widely circulated release.

The confederation yesterday announced an increase of its One CONCACAF Funding Programme by more than 35 per cent for the 2018 edition, continuing the commitment to invest directly in growing its member associations as enablers of the game's success.

In a report to its parilament, CONCACAF also boasted of the evolution of its competition portfolio. On the clubs tournaments front, the confederation launched the new single elimination Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League and Scotiabank Concacaf League formats, while redesigning the Caribbean championships.

“On the national teams' front, CONCACAF also announced a newly expanded format for its premier competition, the Gold Cup. From 2019 onwards, the Gold Cup will include 16 teams and a pan-regional footprint with the upcoming selection of additional venues in the Caribbean and Central America,” the release stated.

Earlier this year the confederation unveiled the CONCACAF Nations League, an innovative and inclusive national team competition set to kick off this September, bringing meaningful sustainable national team football for all the member associations.

“The Concacaf Nations League is an on-the-field extension of Concacaf's new image and brand architecture which was also recently announced, framing the confederation's efforts around the core One Concacaf Vision of developing and stewarding the game on the pillars of unity, access, football and quality. In that spirit, the Nations League will provide greatly expanded access for Concacaf's member associations to international football, enhancing the development of football across the region at all levels,” the CONCACAF released said.

Yesterday's congress was attended by FIFA President Gianni Infantino, CONMEBOL President Alejandro Dominguez, UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin, FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura, Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber, and Liga MX President Enrique Bonilla.

— Sean Williams