PORT-OF-SPAIN, January 19 (CANA):
Trinidad and Tobago's Football Association secretary, Jack Warner, has been confirmed as the Caribbean area's executive committee member of the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA).
According to Warner, confirmation of his new post came by way of a telex message received by him while in Guatemala recently attending a North, Central America and Caribbean Football Federation (CONCACAF) meeting.
Warner, a 39-year-old history lecturer at the Polytechnic Institute here, takes over from the late Andre Kamperveen of Suriname who was killed in an alleged attempted [coup] in his country last month.
Warner said that he will be taking his seat around the executive table of FIFA for the first time on May 19 in Zurich Switzerland when he will cast his vote in deciding which country will host the 1986 World Cup finals.
Warner's elevation to the FIFA post makes him the youngest member on the panel and he has become the first Trinidad and Tobago national to attain such a post on FIFA's administration. Warner has also been earmarked to take over the presidency of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) a position which Mr. Kamperveen also held.
He is at present secretary of the CFU and one of CONCACAF's vice-presidents.