CONCACAF lauds GFF/Government partnership

first_imgHOWARD McIntosh, Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) senior manager for the regional football governing body’s One CONCACAF and Caribbean Project, lauded the collaborative work between the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) and the Government of Guyana, specifically their recent ‘MOU’ and the allocation of a plot of land at D’Urban Park.The GFF, represented by its president Wayne Forde, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Minister of State Joseph Harmon on February 9 at Ministry of the Presidency (MoTP).The project will house an international quality full-size pitch, two mini-pitches and a new headquarters for GFF. The mini-pitches will be fully accessible to the general public for community football tournaments and recreational games.Minister Harmon said the signing was a turning point for youths as they would have access to high-quality public infrastructure which would cater to the development of talents in the sporting field – a sentiment that was echoed by McIntosh.McIntosh, who is on a two-day visit to Guyana, along with Forde and Director of Sport Christopher Jones, visited the D’Urban Park site yesterday and told reporters that “this type of development must lead to more returns in terms of football and in sports generally.There’s nothing like seeing the manifestations of possibilities become a reality, such as the performance in the Nations League … and also the qualification to the Gold Cup.”According to the Jamaican, “What this can do to change sports generally and football, particularly in Guyana, it is infinitesimal; grassroots development, youth football development – boys and girls – and of course the elite football development in terms of the training pitches. When you have your own facilities, you govern your own training time. It means you can have grassroots development on an ongoing basis.”Meanwhile, Jones pointed out that the Government of Guyana is more than willing to make lands available to the various sports association, providing that it’s available.FIFA president Gianni Infantino visited Guyana in 2017 and met with President David Granger, Minister Harmon said, after which a commitment was made to help Guyana to achieve organisational goals.Minister Harmon explained that President Granger also committed to ensuring that at the level of government the necessary partnership for the development of the sport is maintained.last_img read more