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No outsider should head JFF - Powell

Published:Tuesday | July 18, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivingston Scott

Outspoken Montego Bay United Football Club president, Orville Powell, strongly believes that the next Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) boss should come from within football and insists that his support would go to the candidate he thinks can make the changes needed in local football.

"These are interesting times for our football, but I have not received any overwhelming call (to run as president), and you cannot be interested in something that is not interested in what you can bring to the table ... I don't want to be president. I just want football to take the right course ... and move forward in a better way than it has gone for the last few years," he said.

Powell says for him to support any candidate, they must present their vision for football and the answers to problems affecting its development locally.

"I want to know what they are coming with. I haven't heard what these people will bring to the table ... something different is really needed because we cannot continue with the same thing over and over," he insists.


"If someone is going to continue Captain's (Burrell) programme ... What aspect of the programme will he continue or discontinue ... ? The local side of the football - the clubs, the development of youth players, and how we move football forward, is the programme I would like to see," he added.

Since the death of Captain Horace Burrell, a few names outside the football fraternity have been mentioned, but Powell does not want the next president to come from outside.

"There are outside names being called, and I understand why. But I am not going to agree with it. I cannot agree for a soldier to be commissioner of police ... I am not going to say someone from outside must come and manage football because of his profile, education or anything else. The candidate must come from inside football.

"Anyone who becomes president, I will support him if his vision for football can facilitate the type of change needed. I will not continue with business as usual, they have to serve football first and above everything else," Powell stated.