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Football has lost a cornerstone

Published:Tuesday | June 6, 2017 | 12:00 AMJason Cross
Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange with Captain Horace Burrell in one of their last meetings.
Dr Peter Phillips

Yesterday's passing of Jamaica Football Federation President Captain Horace Burrell has plunged Jamaica into mourning. As news spread, tributes poured in from all over the world and supporters took to social media to share their grief and pay their last respects.

Burrell, who was born on February 8, 1950, died in Baltimore, Maryland in the United States, after struggling with cancer for some time.

"Captain dedicated his life to serving Jamaica. He had a dream that Jamaica could compete with the best on the football field. He was dedicated to ensuring Jamaica realised that dream of being in the World Cup finals with the Reggae Boyz in 1998," said Prime Minister Andrew Holness.


Huge void to fill


Sports Minister Olivia 'Babsy' Grange referred to Burrell's passing as Jamaican football losing a cornerstone, and said the void created by his death will take a long time to be filled.

"Football in Jamaica has lost a cornerstone of the sport, a man who was unwavering in his commitment. The country owes Captain Burrell a huge debt of gratitude for his work and his legacy will forever influence Jamaica's football. His passing has left a void that will take some time to be filled," said Grange.

Leader of the Opposition People's National Party, Peter Phillips, remembers Burrell for taking Jamaica's football to the world.

"Jamaica will always remain grateful to Captain Horace Burrell, who as the head of the Jamaica Football Federation, believed in the potential of our national players and took Jamaica's game to the global playing field. Burrell made a significant contribution to national development through football and the exposure of our players and he will be missed," said Phillips.