'Carib Pro League will go on'

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Jamaica Gleaner

GEORGETOWN (CANA) - President of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Austin "Jack" Warner says the region's professional football league will be staged this year despite teething problems faced by the present owners.

Warner, who visited here Sunday to witness the Shell Caribbean Cup encounter between Guyana and Barbados, told reporters that a meeting between the CFU and the present owners of the league, the Caribbean Major League Football (CMLF) will take place this Friday in New York to iron out the difficulties.

The CMLF is experiencing funding difficulties and owes the CFU more than US 250,000 dollars, Warner said. "Regardless of who stages the championship, the tournament will kick off the first week in May," the CFU boss said.

He also said the CFU is ready to resume administration of the Caribbean pro league which was inaugurated in 1992. "The professional league is needed for the Caribbean's success in football," Warner added. He said once the CFU resumes control of the league, all agreements made between franchise owners and the CMLF will become invalid.