"I won't reveal plans until after election" - Ricketts

September 15, 2017
Michael Ricketts

A day before the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) annual general meeting (AGM) and voting congress, favourite for the post of president, Michael Ricketts, has yet to reveal his plans for the future of national football.

Ricketts, who is confident that he will get a majority vote tomorrow, told STAR Sports that he will unveil the plans after the election to be held at the JFF's offices in New Kingston.

In a Star Sports article published on September 4, Ricketts said: "We will outline plans in the week leading up to the election, but, for now, we are working to win as much votes as possible."

Now all that has changed and while Ricketts intends to wait, the other presidential candidate, Ambassador A B Stewart Stephenson, unveiled his manifesto and got support from the private sector at his August 31 launch at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St Andrew.

Ricketts said he is working on retaining the eight parishes that nominated him last month.

"I will unveil plans after the election. We were thinking of doing a press conference before the election, but that changed as the focus is on getting majority votes," Ricketts said yesterday.

"I have been in contact with the parishes that supported me because it does not mean that because they nominated me, they will vote that way. I don't want a close margin as that could cause divisiveness in the boardroom," he said.


Building football


"Hopefully, the healing process after the election won't be long. I have a lot of respect for my opponent and don't want any animosity, the interest is building football. I wanted a coalition with 'Stewie' (Stephenson), but he has come forward as a challenger and that is the reality," he shared.

Ricketts is confident of getting at least nine votes.

"I have been talking to the parishes that nominated me and also in dialogue with St Mary and that could make nine votes," Ricketts disclosed.

The parish associations that backed Ricketts are Clarendon, Westmoreland, St James, Hanover, St Elizabeth, Manchester, Trelawny and Portland.

Stephenson was nominated by KSAFA, St Mary, St Thomas and St Catherine. Danny Beckford received the other nomination from his parish, St Ann.

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