Blow to Powell - Hanover, St James will not support bid for JFF presidency
Early indications are suggesting that Montego Bay businessman Orville Powell may fail to secure the four required nominations to formulate his challenge against current Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) President, Captain Horace Burrell, as the St James Football Association voted not to back him in a meeting on Monday night.
It is also mooted that Hanover, led by Sheridan Samuels, who is seen as a key Burrell backer, will not support Powell in his move to win the nomination to contest the election against the former army man.
The St James FA, headed by Gregory Daley, carried out a vote at their offices, with seven delegates voting against a move to support Powell.
It comes as no surprise, as immediately after announcing his intentions to challenge Burrell at a press conference last week, information gleaned indicated that the Montego Bay United Football Club owner would have had a difficult time getting support.
St James, Westmoreland, Hanover and St James make up the Western Confederation and it is these parishes that Powell was hoping to convince of a need for change in the island's football regime.
However, with St James and Hanover not backing him, and Westmoreland and Trelawny also leaning in the same direction, it would appear Powell will need to look outside his own confederation for support.
"We see and feel we are heading in the right direction. The JFF with Captain Burrell at the helm has done more than any other leader in the history of the federation, so why change horse midstream," said Hanover's Sheridan Samuels.
"There are lots of grassroots programmes ongoing. The overall development of football, at least in my association, is as a result of the work of this administration. We, therefore, see no need to change at this time," he noted.
In addition, Samuels said that Jamaica's recent performance at the Gold Cup, and past accomplishments of qualifying for the 1998 World Cup Finals in France, plus qualification to the Under-17 (twice), and Under-20 World Cups give Burrell a big advantage in staving off any challenges that may emerge.
The JFF nominations for elections will close on Thursday.