FRIDAY MAY 16, 2014; KINGSTOWN, ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES – Recently in 2011, the Confederation of North and Central ASmerica and the Caribbean – CONCACAF, and the Caribbean Football Union - CFU went though some difficult times because of the Bin Hmman and Jack Warner so-called votes for cash scandal. It was difficult times as was highlighted by FIFA Vice-President and CONCACAF President Jeffery Webb, when he addressed the opening of the CONCACAF ‘D’ License Coaching Course on Thursday morning.
According to CONCACAF President Jeffery Webb, “At the end of the day when you go through difficult times, you test character. You test individuals and individuals rise to the top, rise to the occasion, but some people will stay where they are; some will disappear.”
The CONCACAF head honcho who took over the presidency of what was Jack Warner’s fiefdom for many years, told the over forty candidates gather that St. Vincent and the Grenadines Football Federation President Venold Coombs had risen to the occasion.
“He stood up and spoke loudly in regards to Caribbean football,” Webb stated. “We understood that one of the primary things that we has as Caribbean people, as black men and women, was to restore the dignity of Caribbean people.”
This issue became one of the number one priorities for Caribbean football officials going forward, Webb pointed out. “We all understand in life without trust, without confidence, without integrity we will have nothing.”
He added that many of that had been lost over the years, so for this generation, for this time, for this era, “we set forth understanding that integrity, transparency, is of paramount importance to us.
in the move to restore the integrity and transparency of CONCACAF, Webb says he was most impressed with two of the persons who stepped forward – Saint Lucia Football Association president Lynden Cooper, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines Football Federation President Venold Coombs.
“For us to move football forward we must have trust, we must confidence; we must have partnerships, partnerships with governments, Ministers of Sports. Our single biggest partnerships should be with governments, but unfortunately it is not.”
Because of this void, FIFA and CONCACAF is now the biggest partner for Caribbean football. “So we set out to build collaboration, to build relationships with governments, with various NGOs, with the Olympic Committees and so forth.”