As expected, Cayman Islands football chief Jeffrey Webb was Wednesday elected unopposed as the fourth president of CONCACAF.
The 47-year-old, who already holds several positions with football’s world governing body, FIFA, will complete the four-year term started by former supremo Jack Warner who ran the powerful body for 21 years before resigning last year amidst corruption allegations during the cash-for-votes scandal.
CONCACAF, the governing body for football in North, Central America and the Caribbean, was thrown into turmoil with the interim president, Barbadian Lisle Austin also being suspended by FIFA and eventually banned. Webb told the gathering here the scandal would not be allowed to shape CONCACAF and stressed that the organisation would use it as motivation to rebuild.
Define and Determine “The events over the past year will not define and determine our destiny. We have a responsibility to ensure that history isn’t repeated,” Webb said. “Let us use the events over the past year as a catalyst to promote positive change.
Let’s see it as an opportunity to return to the core values of the beautiful game – the values which enchanted and sparked our love affair with this game.” Webb will bring an impressive resume to the office, as he currently serves as Deputy Chairman of FIFA’s Internal Audit Committee and also sits on the FIFA Transparency and Compliance Committee.
He is also chairman of CONCACAF’s Youth Committee and carried out duties as chairman of the Caribbean Football Union’s Normalization Commit-tee while that organisation went without leadership in the wake of the cash-for-votes scandal.
Webb told members he had come to the position out of a commitment to serve football. blurred “Over the last year our mission and our vision have been blurred, from lawyers, to audit reports to compensation, we have deviated from our mission,” Webb said. “I am here, we are here, because of our love for football; the passion for the game drives and motivates our every action.”