Butler's bid looks bleak - parish heads

June 28, 2017
In this Janauary 2014 file photo, Pedro Boyd (centre), regional director, Nike, affixes a cap to the head of Leon Butler (right), after signing the Jamaican youngster to a landmark deal, during a press conference at the Spanish Court hotel, New Kingston. Looking on is Craig Butler.

CRAIG Butler, who has had run-ins with members of the Jamaica Football Federation, yesterday told STAR Sports that he plans to run for its presidency because he doesn't see "anyone fit enough to take over from Captain Burrell", who recently died in the United States.

Confirmed that although he had disagreements would "some JFF members", Butler said he would be among the candidates at the next annual general meeting.

"I plan to run for presidency of the JFF," Butler told STAR Sports during the public viewing of former JFF president Captain Horace Burrell's body.

 

FIT ENOUGH

 

"When I look at the persons for the position, I don't see anyone fit enough to take over from Captain Burrell. I have the backing of corporate Jamaica and the youth," he pointed out.

However, Butler's bid could be testy to get off the ground as at least two parish association heads said it is unlikely he would get the four required votes among the 15 delegates to even be nominated.

President of the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA), Wayne Shaw, said it was a tricky situation for Butler.

"It is a free country, but he would have to get four nominations for candidacy. It will be tricky for him. I figure that he might have St Ann. It is interesting times ahead," Shaw said.

Michael Ricketts, president of Clarendon Football Association, said it would be challenging for Butler to get four nominations.

"I don't know him very well, but he has to get four nominations and that will be a challenging situation. However, I will also be running for the post of JFF president," revealed Ricketts, who is also the South Central Confederation chairman.

 

INTERNATIONAL CONTACTS

 

When the question of delegate confidence was posed, Butler pointed to his international contacts, him being agent and father of Leon Bailey, who is under contract at Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen.

"I have the international contacts and support from corporate Jamaica. If elected, I will do my part to continue on the legacy of Captain Burrell. I hope that I can get the support. I had some issues with other members of JFF but not Captain Burrell. I never had a problem with Captain," he pointed out.

Meanwhile, the Jamaica Football Federation's board of directors is expected to make a decision on whether an interim president will be named at a meeting on July 1 at the body's headquarters in New Kingston.

After that, an AGM is expected soon at which the 13 parish associations, referees' group and Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association, each have one vote.

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