JFF quietly charting the way towards replacing Captain Burrell
Captain Horace Burrell
Amid preparations for a fitting tribute to the life and work of its late president, Captain Horace Burrell, the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) is also quietly attending to the business of determining the way forward in respect of the leadership of the organisation.
A week ahead of the thanksgiving service for Captain Burrell, JFF General Secretary, Raymond Grant, spoke to Loop News on the way forward for the organisation, constitutionally, in terms of replacing Captain Burrell.
Grant said the federation is presently being jointly run by its three vice-presidents, Raymond Anderson, Bruce Gaynor and Garfield Sinclair.
Anderson heads the St Mary Football Association, Gaynor the St James Football Association, and Sinclair is a former treasurer of the JFF.
Grant said the board of the JFF will be meeting on July 1 to establish a more central interim leadership for the loal football governing body.
He said that interim arrangement is expected to take the JFF up to the point of holding a special congress, where the long-term leadership of the organisation is expected to be determined.
Captain Burrell led the JFF from 1994, excepting for a four-year period, and was at the helm of the organisation when Jamaica made its historic qualification as the first English-speaking Caribbean country to make it to the FIFA World Cup Finals, in 1998.
After ailing for the past year, Captain Burrell passed away on June 6 at the John Hopkins Oncology Centre in Baltimore, USA, where he was undergoing treatment for cancer.