Second Concacaf championships
A MEETING of the Caribbean members of the Confederation of North and Central American and Caribbean Football Associations last night sent a proposal to CONCACAF asking that Mexico and the United States of America play in the Central American Zone of the Second CONCACAF Championships or not play in the competition at all.
The CONCACAF games are divided into three zones with the USA and Mexico in the North American Zone, Jamaica, Cuba, Trinidad, Haiti, Dominican Republic and Netherlands Antilles in the Caribbean Zone and Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and El Salvador in the Central American Zone.
The proposal moved by Eric James, the Hon. Secretary of the Trinidad Football Association, would have the CONCACAF games played in two zones.
The proposal asked that two members from the Caribbean Zone, two from the Central American Zone (including Mexico and the US) and the current champions and the host country would then meet in the final competitions in Guatemala.
The meeting of the Executive Committee in Guatemala City in December last year decided that one member from North America (Mexico or the USA) one from Central America. two from the Caribbean Zone and the hosts and champions would bring the number to the desired six.
At the meeting which lasted from 2.30 until 6.30 yesterday, were Cuban Consul Senor Alphonso Herrera, Senor Manuel Gonzales, president of the Cuban Olympic Committee; Mr. Walter Van Rosberg, vice-president of the Netherlands Antilles Football Association; Senor Jose Cuerva, president of the Cuban Football Association; Monsignor Gerard Raoul Rouzier, executive member of the CONCACAF committee and president of the Haitian Football Federation; Mr. Norman Hill, president of the Jamaica Football Association, Monsieur Antoine Mescowa representatives of the Haitian Football Association and Mr. Eric James, Hon. secretary of the Trinidad Football Association.
"Be it resolved that the decision of the executive committee of CONCACAF to have the Second Championships played in three zones, namely Caribbean Zone, Central American Zone and North American Zone would in effect enable either Mexico and/or the United States to be a group of one or with the result that either country would qualify for the final competition of the games by playing each other or if only one, by not playing at all."
"The representatives of the Caribbean Zone considered this decision contrary to the rules of the competition of CONCACAF and we suggest that Mexico and/or the US play in the Central American Zone from which zone the first two would qualify for the final competitions.
This is the basis on which the Caribbean zone will be played and the representatives of the Caribbean Zone last night expressed the opinion that this should apply to all members of the competition. The cable directed to CONCACAF went on to say:
"Should Mexico and/or the US not wish to accept this proposal they should not be allowed to play in the competition."
The above, members of the Caribbean Zone considered the correct interpretation of Law 3, article 12 of the by-laws of the Championship of CONCACAF.
The meeting adjourned at 6.30 p.m. during the discussion on the financial arrangements regarding the holding of the 15 eliminatory games in Jamaica before the finals of the competition in Guatemala. This came as a result of the discovery during the course of the discussions that the original date for the final competition in Guatemala had been changed and it was now found impossible to play 15 eliminatory games before the scheduled date of the start of the final competitions.
Resulting form this the meeting sent a cable to the executive secretary of CONCACAF, Mr. Frederico Fortin of Honduras asking that the dates of the final competitions be changed from March 28-April 11 to April 25-May 9. When Jamaica decided to hold the eliminatory games here the dates fixed for the final games were April 25 to May 9.
The meeting will re-convene at 2.30 p.m. today when it is hoped replies from last night's cables will be received.
CARIBBEAN CONCACAF REPRESENTATIVES who yesterday passed and forwarded a proposal to the Executive committee of CONCACAF asking that Mexico and the USA join the Central American Zone of the Second CONCACAF games or not play in the competitions at all. From left are Senor Alphonso Herrera, Cuban Consul to Jamaica; Senor Manuel Gonzales, president of the Cuban Olympic Committee, Mr. Walter Van Rosberg, vice-president of the Netherlands Antilles Football Association; Senor Jose Cuerva, president of the Cuban Football Association, Gerard Rouzier, president of the Haitian Football Association; Mr. Norman Hill, president of the Jamaican Football Association; Mr. Guy D[illegible] and Mr. Antoine Muscowa, representatives of the Haitian association and Mr. Eric James, honorary secretary of the Trinidad Football Association.