Warner moves to establish... 'Confederation of the future'

Aubrey Campbell
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Jamaica Gleaner

James, Brown, Dawes, Chung-Fah, Burrell on CONCACAF Commissions


THE Executive Committee of the Confederation of North, Central American & Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), acting on the recommendation of its president, Jack Austin Warner, has established its new working commissions and panels to oversee the continued
development of soccer in the region for the next two years.

In what can be considered a bold move aimed at establishing CONCACAF as the "confederation of the future in the family of FIFA." President Warner will avail himself of the expertise of some (129) Individuals from (30) countries to serve on (20) commissions and six specialist panels.

Writing in the December '92 edition of the CONCACAF NEWS, the official bulletin of the region soccer government, president Warner, in a rather upbeat mood, noted that the regional teams 'have begun to prove themselves on the field of play, our referees are now numbered among the most competent in the world, our coaches are doing all in their powers to come to terms with the very demanding task of coaching at the highest level.'

The USA, hungry for global respect as it prepares to host the 1994 World Cup of Soccer finals, will head five of the commissions including those on such crucial matters as Finance and the Media.

Canada, still in the hunt for a place alongside the 'Final 24' that will assemble here in the USA. will chair three of the commissions including those on the Olympic/Pan-Am games and Women's Soccer.

From the Caribbean sub-region, Trinidad & Tobago, still considered the top playing territory, will chair two of the commissions, the same as Barbados and Mexico. President Warner, a Trinidad native, will head the Cups commission while his compatriot Vernon Bain will call the shots on the Youth programmes.

Mexican Javier Arriago will head up the tough commission on Referees while Honduran Roberto Ochoa will shape things from the Legal standpoint. Both Mexico and Honduras
are through to the next round (third) of the World Cup playoffs. The fourth qualifyer, El Salvador, which despite failing to get the nod of a chairmanship post, will have four of its senior soccer officials serving on commissions. The USA again tops the list of individuals with 19.

Tony James

Jamaican Anthony 'Tony' James, the immediate past president of the national football federation (JFF) and a CONCACAF executive, will head the all important commission on the World Cup which incidentally, includes the lone Vincentian, Basil Cato.

The Jamaican coach, Carl Brown, who took his charges to the top of the Caribbean Regional standings in just three years, was named to the Technical Commission while his 'boss', Winston Chung-Fah, best remembered for his coaching career while at Clarendon College in the late 1970s, will serve on the four-man panel of coaching instructors.

Other Jamaicans serving on commissions include, Captain Horace Burrell (Disciplinary) and Dr.
Winston 'Scubba' Dawes — Medical, both in the capacity as deputy-chair.

One note of interest here is the fact that the tough-talking Brown will exchange ideas with Trinidadian Alvin Corneal, the man who was rumoured to be interested in coaching the Jamaica team after they eliminated the "Trinis" from the playoffs.

Jamaica, beaten by Trinidad in the 1992 Shell Caribbean Cup finals in Port-of-Spain, will host the 1993 regional soccer finals in Kingston from May 17-31.