The Caribbean Football Union held its XLIII Ordinary Congress yesterday at the JW Marriott in Miami, after having not met for 20 months.
The ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic has caused the way in which meetings and events are held to be reinvented. However, CFU’s President Randy Harris commended representatives at the congress for their commitment and dedication in the face of the pandemic.
“Whilst we could not play and meet, we reviewed and strategized. If anything, we redoubled our efforts. We did that because we have long known that football in the CFU is more than a matter of winning matches, advancing in competitions and climbing the world rankings,” he told those in attendance.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino, who was also present, pledged his continued commitment to the sport in the Caribbean region.
“We are a family that shares the same passion; the passion of football, the passion for the heart that is beating in the right place, the passion for our children, the boys and the girls. Each member can win its own world cup because every smile on every child means you are winning. Count on us. We will make Caribbean football shine on the world stage, and we know FIFA can count on you always,” he said.
Meanwhile, Concacaf President Victor Montagliani said they were set to launch a series of programs and workshops in the next few months as they strived to have five nations present at the 2026 World Cup which is set to be held in the Concacaf confederation.
A new Executive Committee was also selected during the Congress and is as follows:
Randolph Harris (Barbados) elected unopposed
Lyndon Cooper (St. Lucia) elected unopposed
Richard Dijkhoff (Aruba) elected unopposed
Rignaal Francis (Curacao) elected unopposed
Glen Etienne (Dominica) elected unopposed
Michael Ricketts (Jamaica) elected unopposed
Gwendolyn Salmon (Antigua and Barbuda) elected unopposed
Jeaninne Wong Loi Sing (Bonaire) elected unopposed