FIFA delegation in Jamaica for CONCACAF workshop
The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) will host a group of delegates from the sport's world governing body, the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA), at a FIFA development workshop today and tomorrow at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston.
The group will then travel to western Jamaica, where they will be in attendance for the 2015 CONCACAF Men's Under-20 Championship Group A football match between Jamaica and the United States at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.
The workshop is being staged as part of the development strategy of FIFA for the advancement of the game in the CONCACAF region. The group will present an overview of 2014 and provide updated reports from each CONCACAF member state on the current status of their programmes. The workshop will also serve to assess and agree on strategies for the continued development of the game within CONCACAF for 2015.
The FIFA development officer for the south-east Caribbean, Howard McIntosh, is pleased that Jamaica is hosting the workshop and has great expectations it will develop strategies to improve the sport.
"I am elated that we can stage this workshop here in Jamaica. I have long been an advocate of hosting international seminars, tournaments and workshops locally, and this, along with the ongoing CONCACAF Under-20 Championships, is testament that progress is being made," said McIntosh.
He added: "The CONCACAF has made an enormous impact on the international arena and the future of the region's football continues to look brighter and brighter. It is up to the FIFA development staff now to continue the work that was started and improve upon the foundations established, so we can secure additional growth for the game in the region."
The FIFA delegation arrived in the island yesterday. They are Juerg Nepfer, head of education and technical development; Gregory Engelbrecht, senior manager of development programmes of the Americas; Angenie Kanhai, FIFA development officer for the north-west Caribbean; Julio Rocha, FIFA development officer for Central America and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean; Marcos Tinoco, technical development officer for the north-west Caribbean; Anton Corneal, technical development officer for the south-east Caribbean; and Rodrigo Kenton, technical director for Central America and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean.