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'A huge responsibility' - Horace Burrell ready to take on CONCACAF tasks

Published:Thursday | April 25, 2013 | 12:00 AM
Captain Horace Burrell - File

Kwesi Mugisa, Staff Reporter

Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) President Captain Horace Burrell says he is looking forward to making a big mark in regional football's administration, having recently been selected to head three key CONCACAF committees.

"First of all, I am humbled by the level of confidence that I have been entrusted with. It is a huge responsibility and a big challenge, but I enjoy participating in football administration and look forward to it," Burrell told The Gleaner.

The committees that Burrell will chair include the Legal and Finance Group of Committees, which examines basic legal issues relating to football within the CONCACAF region; a 10-member National Associations Committee, which deals with the relationship between CONCACAF member territories; and the seven-member Statutes and Regulations Committee, the confederation's primary reference on football laws.

Last week's CONCACAF Congress in Panama included, among other things, the establishment of new statutes, rules and bodies and the release of a damning report citing fraudulent activities by its former leadership, underpinning the body's hopes of a fresh start that emphasises transparency. The region is still looking to recover from the turmoil that gripped it two years ago in the fallout of the cash-for-votes scandal.

In addition, the body has changed the policy as it relates to the auditing of accounts, with established firms like JP Morgan and BDO expected to review the bookkeeping.

Admittedly pleased to be a part of the region's new direction, Burrell believes that the posts offer a rare opportunity to impact on the game's future in the region and hopes to put the chance to good use.

"Knowing that what you do will impact the lives of so many youngsters, who play the sport around the region and around the world, is a big thing because football these days is more than about 22 players," he reasoned.

"It is a huge opportunity, not many people will have this opportunity and I look forward to it with great pride and anticipation."

Burrell has also been named vice-chair of four other CONCACAF committees. They include the Competitions Group of Committees, the National Team Events Committee, the Women's Championship Committee and the Youth Championship Committee.