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Stephenson tops Speid in KSAFA battle

Published:Sunday | August 3, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Stephenson ... new KSAFA boss. file

Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer

Stewart Stephenson is the new president of the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA).

Stephenson defeated incumbent Rudolph Speid by six votes, 42-36, at the association's annual general meeting and election of officers, which was held yesterday at the Jamaica Football Federation's head office in New Kingston.

The result came as no surprise to Stephenson. He had expected a close fight, but was always confident of victory.

"The results are as we expected," said Stephenson, who was the president of KSAFA between 1996 and 2000 and from 2004-2008, told The Sunday Gleaner.

"We did our canvas while others were in the media talking about the sort of beating that we were going to get," he said. "We went on the ground and we spoke to the delegates and we did our canvas and we realised that it was going to be close," Stephenson said.

'unity is very important'

He added: "The unity is very important, but there are many other issues that are there to be addressed, including sponsorship, the regularisation of our competition structure and putting in place our team to go and get the business of KSAFA organised."

Stephenson will have veteran administrator, Carvel Stewart, as his first vice-president and Mark Bennett as second vice-president; Wayne Shaw, general secretary; Dwayne Dillon, assistant general secretary; Elvis Jenkins, treasurer; and Neil Reese, assistant treasurer.

Speid, who took the reins as president of KSAFA from Stephenson six years ago, was gracious in defeat.

"There is some disappointment, but I am more disappointed for my team because I think that we had the best team," said Speid.

"We have some very good persons who have worked with us over the years and I am disappointed that some of the programmes that we have embarked on will not continue," he said.

Speid added: "There are a couple people that didn't show up that we expected to show up on our side and also there were a few persons that apparently changed their minds at the last moment.

"But it is a constitutional process when it comes to voluntary work and so it is really the delegates and if they decide that Stephenson should win, then I am happy with that," Speid stated.