I'm still the best man, says Beckford

July 10, 2017
Danny Beckford


St Ann Football Association President Danny Beckford still believes he is the best person to lead the Jamaica Football Federation and replace late president Captain Horace Burrell who died last month.

A day before Burrell died in June, Beckford told STAR Sports that he intended to run for the job of president at the next JFF elections. Beckford was returning from a six month suspension.

"I have at least six parish presidents with myself who in all their sense and purpose support me on certain things," he told STAR Sports then.

Now that the JFF is without a president, Beckford still believes he is the man for the job.

"I am the best man for the JFF presidency," Beckford told STAR Sports yesterday.

"We need a JFF that is inclusive in decision making. It should not be only about two persons running things," the outspoken Beckford.

"We have the formula to shore the ship and put things into perspective," he added.


Historic berth


Beckford said he is fully aware that candidates must get four nominations among the 13 parish associations, which have one vote each.

"First four people have to nominate me, and already I have the support of St Ann," Beckford said.

Captain Burrell in his first stint as JFF's president through his vision led Jamaica to an historic berth in the 1998 World Cup in France but has failed to make it to another.

"Everybody is talking about '98, that is in the past. We must focus on 2017 and beyond. The football is its own marketing tool," Beckford said.

"I am the best man. I know where we are coming from and know where we are going if given the chance,' he insisted.

Craig Butler has also signaled his intent to run for the job but Beckford believes that (Butler) is suited for another position.

"Right now, Craig Butler would be the best man for director of football."

Bruce Gaynor was elected interim JFF president on July 1 and will serve for two month. He defeated long serving vice-president Raymond Anderson in the by-election by 12-4 at the JFF's office in New Kingston.

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