Beginning tomorrow, the administration of the Barbados Football Association (BFA) will see some fresh faces in its guard for the 2020 to 2024 term.
Returning for a third term is President Randy Harris who was unopposed for the leading role.
Captain Al Walcott also returns as Senior Vice President after securing 73 votes out of 132. Wotton’s president Rasheed Belgrave received 38 votes, while Chairman of the Referees Committee Barney Callender received 18 and former General Secretary Chris Graham managed three.
The junior vice presidency now has a new face in former goalkeeper Omari Eastmond. In a close call, Eastmond dethroned incumbent Ashton Chapman by four votes following Graham’s withdrawal.
Gregory Thompson will now hold the post of Senior Assistant Secretary after he gained three more votes than his opponent and former Treasurer Adrian Donovan.
Whitehall’s president Simeon Alsopp filled the role of Junior Assistant Secretary after he gained more votes than Technique coach Adrian Mapp.
UWI Blackbirds manager, Christian Renwick was named Treasurer after he ousted Referees Instructor Trevor Taylor, while president of Youth Milan, Lisa Bannister will be his assistant following her battle with incumbent Thomas Jordan.
Kenville Layne, Carlos Jackman, O'Brien Smith, Nicole McKenzie and Dale Rudder will now serve as Executive Members.
Following the three-hour-long process at the Wildey Gymnasium, Harris said he was looking forward to working alongside his new Executive Council to improve football on the island.
Captain Walcott, whose position was the most sought after post, thanked the clubs for their support and confidence after he was announced as Vice President for a third term.
“It shows the clubs are appreciative of the work done over the last four years for football. It shows the confidence of the clubs in allowing the administration to continue, especially with the Gold Cup and other competitions coming up, and the Youth Under-20 tournament. I think it is good that we can continue in that vein for the development of the game,” he said.
However, the former Barbados Defence Force and YMCA defender, who was first named second in command in 2008, encouraged his unsuccessful opponents, to keep on their quest to assist local football.
“I would tell them don’t feel disheartened and don’t give up. I think Rasheed has a good future – his heart is there. For Omari, it would be to do some research and to understand what football governance is about as it relates to the FIFA guidelines and Concacaf. It is more than just running a club. You have to understand the runnings of FIFA and Concacaf to make the ideas they come with more conductive to what is required,” he said.
Captain Walcott said the board’s main focus was set to put protocols in place for the restart of league matches next year, and to improve Women’s Football going forward.
Meanwhile, the newly appointed Eastmond said his first order of business was to bring about some changes he saw as necessary to ensure the smooth running of the organization.