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Montagliani new CONCACAF boss

Published:Friday | May 13, 2016 | 12:00 AM


Canadian football chief, Victor Montagliani, has been elected the new president of CONCACAF, as the beleaguered confederation looks for a fresh start after being engulfed by a corruption scandal over the last 12 months.

The businessman beat Bermuda Football Association president, Larry Mussenden, 25-16 in elections at the CONCACAF Congress in Mexico yesterday, marking the first time a non-Caribbean national has been elected to the highest office of the organisation.

Costa Rican Rodolfo Villalobos was, meanwhile, elected to the CONCACAF Council as a vice-president while Cuban Luis Hernandez, Panamanian Pedro Chaluja and Sonia Bien-Aime of the Turks and Caicos, were chosen to represent CONCACAF on the FIFA Council - formerly the executive committee.

In a statement yesterday, CONCACAF said the newly elected members would take up their positions immediately.

"The mandate of the new CONCACAF president and CONCACAF Council members will start after the conclusion of the Congress," the confederation said.

Montagliani will now oversee a scandal-weary confederation which serves as the governing body for football in North, Central America and the Caribbean.

The last three heads of the confederation have all been besieged by corruption. Trinidadian Jack Warner resigned amid bribery allegations in 2011, and his replacement, Caymanian Jeffrey Webb, was arrested and charged last year May and subsequently pleaded guilty to racketeering and money laundering conspiracy.

Honduran Alfredo Hawit, who served as interim president in Webb's absence, last month admitted to racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy and conspiracy to obstruct justice.

Both Webb and Hawit are awaiting sentencing, while Warner is fighting extradition to the United States to face charges.

The fallout from the latest corruption scandal led to CONCACAF instituting another round of reforms, pertaining to governance and ethics.

As a result, all candidates vying for the post of president and positions on the CONCACAF Council or other committees, are required to undergo eligibility checks by an independent ethics committee.

A term limit of 12 years has also been implemented.

The race for the post of president had originally been a three-man contest, but Caribbean Football Union president, Gordon Derrick, was last month ruled ineligible by football's world governing body, FIFA, after failing an integrity check.