May 22, 2012 – Budapest, Hungary : Gordon Derrick was elected as the new President of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) at its 35th Ordinary Congress held today in Budapest, Hungary.
The current General Secretary of the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association received the support of more than half of the Union’s membership during the election, which was held at the Boscolo New York Palace Hotel.
“Rest assured there will be no marginalization, discrimination or segregation under my tenure,” said Derrick, who promised to steer the CFU into a new direction in his address to the members. “We are all vital components of this Union, each and every member has a part to play and it is only through unity can we move the Union forward.
“My friends, we have just witnessed a truly democratic election in this Union. This is the beginning of a new era; the elections are now over, let us from this moment being the reunification process.”
Today’s historic election has ushered in new blood into the Union at all levels of the Executive Committee wherein each member is serving in this capacity for the first time.
The New Members of the Executive Committee are:
President: Gordon Derrick (Antigua)
1st Vice President: Cheney Joseph (Grenada)
2nd Vice President: Larry Mussenden (Bermuda)
3rd Vice President: Lyndon Cooper (St Lucia)
4th Vice President: Canover Watson (Cayman Islands)
Executive Committee Member: Sonia Bien-Aime (Turks and Caicos)
Executive Committee Member: Hillaren Fredrick (US Virgin Islands)
Executive Committee Member: Maurice Victoire (Martinique)
Executive Committee Member: Anthony Johnson (St Kitts -Nevis)
Today’s election brings to an end the tenure of the CFU Normalization Committee headed by President of the Cayman Islands Football Association Jeffrey Webb. Webb, who received a standing ovation during the handing over ceremony prior to the election, challenged the membership to make choices which will positively shape the Union’s future. During his presentation Webb gave an analysis of the stewardship of the Normalization Committee’s five month tenure which included inter alia , the ratification of new statutes, the registration of the Union as a not for profit organization and the disbursement of funds to Member Associations from the television rights contract.
Webb thanked the members of the Committee for serving during one of the Union’s darkest hours.“Your faith may have been shaken but it was never eroded…today is yet another step in our journey for stability, you may now look forward to a brighter future.”