Stephenson cautious about franchise system

September 01, 2017
Ambassador Stewart Stephenson (left) addressing a press conference during a breakfast round table meeting at the Terra Nova Hotel yesterday.

Ambassador Stewart Stephenson, one of two candidates running for the post of Jamaica Football Federation president, doesn't believe a franchise system is right for moving the nation's football forward.

A plan to franchise teams in the national premier league has been discussed and was due to start in 2015. However, to date, the system has not been implemented.

Stephenson said that he would support any system that is viable to the clubs that have invested over the years.

"I don't like franchise because it can mean several things. I know about the proposal for a franchise, and I'm in support of any partnership or system that is viable to the clubs," Stephenson told STAR Sports following a meeting to his candidacy at the Terra Nova Hotel in St Andrew yesterday morning.

"There must be partnership between investors and clubs. It is an arrangement. Whether investors will take full control must be discussed," he shared, adding that he supports any system that will make the premier league viable.


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"The clubs have invested a lot, so they should benefit from any system introduced," the former Kingston and St Andrew Football Association president emphasised.

"The private sector has driven football in Jamaica and the private sector is important in moving forward. I asked them to come and listen to what I have to say," Stephenson said about the representatives of corporate Jamaica who were present.

Among the private-sector members present at yesterday's manifesto launch were Arnie Francis, general manager of Alliance Investment Finance Limited; Peter Moses, financial consultant at GraceKennedy; PB Scott, president of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) and chairman CEO and principal shareholder of Musson Group; Chris Zacca, president of Sagicor Group; Don Wehby, Group CEO of GraceKennedy; Ricardo Nunicor, CEO Red Stripe; Donovan White, president of FLOW; Crenston Boxhill, CEO of C B Trucking; and 'Jimmy' Lawrence, president of J Wray and Nephew Limited.

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