Ricketts, Stephenson confident of victory

September 16, 2017
Ricketts Brian McCalla/Freelance Photographer Leon Strickland (left) of Arnett Gardens and Boys' Town's Rafeik Thomas (right) pose with Jamaica Football Federation, third vice president Michael Ricketts after they collected their awards for being the joint top scorers (eight goals each) in the second round of the 2014-15 Red Stripe Premier League.
Ambassador Stewart Stephenson (left) addressing a press conference during a breakfast round table meeting at the Terra Nova Hotel yesterday.

Former Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) president Ambassador Stewart Stephenson and Clarendon Football Association president and chairman of South Central Confederation Michael Ricketts are both confident of winning the majority of votes at today's annual general meeting and voting congress of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) to become the next leader of Jamaica's football programme.

Both men are battling for the top job as president of the JFF to replace interim president Bruce Gaynor. The meeting is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. with the election to follow two hours later.

Gaynor was selected by the JFF board of directors following the passing of Captain Horace Burrell in June.

Ricketts was nominated by eight of the 13 parish football associations that have the right to vote.

The parishes included Clarendon, Manchester, Trelawny, Hanover, St James, St Elizabeth, Portland and Westmoreland.

Stephenson was backed by KSAFA, St Mary, St Thomas and St Catherine.

The other candidate was president of St Ann Danny Beckford, who was nominated by his parish.

Ricketts expects to win easily.

"I have reasons to be very confident that I will be president of the JFF on Saturday (tomorrow) afternoon," Ricketts told STAR Sports yesterday.

"I think that I'm going to get votes from at least the eight parishes that nominated me. I am also working on getting St Mary FA's vote. But, I'm cautiously careful as a nomination is not a vote," the former JFF vice-president shared.

Stephenson, who stated his intent to run for the top post after the death of Burrell, said that he is confident in getting the necessary seven votes in order to be president.

"It will be very close but I am confident in getting seven votes. I will be the next JFF president," Stephenson, who resigned as KSAFA president and a JFF board member in January stated.

Stephenson launched his manifesto on August 31. Ricketts however after earlier stating that he would soon launch his manifesto later retracted and said he would do it after today's election.

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