Antiguan Derrick elected new CFU president
BUDAPEST, Hungary (CMC):
Antiguan Gordon Derrick has been elected president of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU), ushering in a new era of football administration in the Caribbean.
Derrick, a career banker, received the overwhelming support from the CFU membership at its 35th Ordinary Congress held here yesterday.
In doing so, the general secretary of the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association beat out challenges from Barbados Football Association president Ronald Jones, veteran Trinidad and Tobago administrator Harold Taylor, and Cuba Football Association chief Luis Hernandez.
Following his victory, Derrick urged unity and promised to steer the CFU in a new direction under his leadership.
"Rest assured there will be no marginalisation, discrimination or segregation under my tenure," he told members.
"We are all vital components of this Union, each and every member has a part to play and it is only through unity can we move the Union forward.
"We have just witnessed a truly democratic election in this Union. This is the beginning of a new era; the elections are now over, let us from this moment begin the reunification process."
Closing a chapter
Derrick's installation as president effectively closes the chapter on the Austin 'Jack' Warner era of football administration.
Warner, a former FIFA vice-president and CONCACAF president, led the CFU for 21 years before resigning last year amid corruption allegations at the height of the cash-for-vote scandal.
The scandal decimated the CFU and resulted in FIFA imposing bans and suspensions on several Caribbean officials. Derrick received only a reprimand.
Yesterday's election also marked the end of the CFU Normalisation Committee, which had been installed by football's world governing body, FIFA, in the wake of the scandal.