CFU Boss Takes Shot At Regional Federations

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Jamaica Gleaner

KINGSTOWN, Cana - President of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Austin "Jack" Warner, has repeated his view that too many countries in the region do not take the administration of the game seriously enough.

"Far too often, the countries seem to aim at a very low level of organisation of administration.

"They are concerned with the barest minimum," he said at the end of a three-day visit to St Vincent.

Acknowledging his pleasure at seeing the local federation here establish an office, Warner chided other countries for their lack of an operational base.

"Too many federations have no offices, their football is still conducted from car trunks, boxes and shoe boxes.

"Far too often they have no postal boxes, no fax machines, no telephones, they have no playing venues, there seems to be a total disregard for administration and for football operations, we cannot survive in the world we are in today without these basic infrastructure," Warner complained.

The CONCACAF president said the current state of affairs in the affected countries make it difficult for the CFU to implement proper long term development programmes, and he referred to current coaching stints as "short term plans because of lack of organisation" in the countries.

Warner believes that the sponsorship deal worked out with the European company Umbro for the upcoming regional tournament should have a number of benefits for football.

He pointed to courses that would be conducted during the Shell/Umbro tournament, a 100 percent increase in prize money for finalists, and the subsidising of costs for countries that are playing in groups "in a particular area."