Friday 20 September, 2019

Michael Ricketts wins JFF presidential election

Ambassador Stewart Stephenson (left) congratulates the new president of the Jamaica Football Federation following the voting congress at the offices of the federation on Saturday. Ricketts defeated Stephenson 8 votes to 5.

Ambassador Stewart Stephenson (left) congratulates the new president of the Jamaica Football Federation following the voting congress at the offices of the federation on Saturday. Ricketts defeated Stephenson 8 votes to 5.

Michael Ricketts of the Clarendon Football Association is the new president of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF).

Ricketts, a former JFF vice-president and president of the Clarendon Football Association, defeated Ambassador Stewart Stephenson 8 votes to 5  at the voting congress at the JFF's offices in New Kingston on Saturday.

Ambassador Stephenson served as president of the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) until January this year.

Thirteen parish associations took part in the election.

The JFF presidency became vacant following the death of Captain Horace Burrell.

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.

The victory for Ricketts means that he will complete the 2015-2019 term.

 

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