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Speid vs Stephenson for KSAFA's top job

Published:Saturday | August 2, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Rudolph Speid
Stewart Stephenson
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Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer

Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) president Rudolph Speid is oozing confidence ahead of today's annual general meeting and election of officers at the Jamaica Football Federation office in New Kingston.

Speid, who will be up against former president, Stewart Stephenson, has little doubt he will be returned at the end of today's proceedings which start at 10 a.m..

"This will not be my last term as KSAFA president. I am very confident of winning the election," Speid stated earlier this week. The KSAFA president said his administration has done a lot of work during the past two years and earned millions of dollars in sponsorship.

"During the term, we have generated sponsorship from the following companies, Jamaica Yellow Pages ($8.2 million); Jamaica Beverages ($2.5 million); Tastee Limited ($5.3 million); Pepsi Jamaica ($1 million); Virginia Dare ($2.5 million), and Jamaica National Building Society ($1.5 million)," he said.

He added that KSAFA is the only football association/confederation to own a property (market value of approximately $30 million), and has been established as the top confederation.

Speid's team includes incumbents Ricardo Chin (vice-president); Jacqueline Cowan (second vice-president); Peter Higgins (general secretary); Herman Cruikshank (assistant general secretary); Errol Howlett (treasurer), and Brian Rose (assistant treasurer).

Acting on clubs' wishes

Stephenson said he threw his hat in the ring as he was acting on the wishes of the clubs.

"Well, I have met with most of the clubs and they have showed good faith in me to run KSAFA for a two-year term," Stephenson told The Gleaner two days ago.

He has predicted that the battle will be a close one as Speid has been in office for six years, but he has a balanced team.

"Now the clubs have approached us saying they don't like how KSAFA is run. This time, we have a team of young professionals and some experienced administrators on the team. We want to guide the youngsters as it is my intention to do one term," he emphasised.

Stephenson said he already obtained commitments from three sponsors and "we're not yet through the gate".

Stephenson's team and the posts they will be seeking are veteran administrator, Carvel Stewart (first vice-president); Mark Bennett (second vice-president); Wayne Shaw (general secretary); Dwayne Dillon (assistant general secretary); Elvis Jenkins (treasurer), and Neil Reese (assistant treasurer).