Abrahams Tipped For CONCACAF Secretaryship

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Jamaica Gleaner

Congress In Trinidad This Week

MR. GEORGE ABRAHAMS, president of the Jamaica Football Federation and fourth vice-president of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Football Associations (CONCACAF) is highly favoured to take over the highly-rewarding post of secretary of CONCACAF at the Federation's Congress in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, this week.

Mr. Abrahams flew to Port-of-Spain on Sunday to take part in an executive meeting of the Federation yesterday and today and to represent Jamaica along with JFF first vice-president Tino Barovier at the congress tomorrow and Thursday. Barovier isdue to fly to Trinidad this afternoon.

At this week's CONCACAF Congress the Federation's two representatives to the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) will be named.

There is great dissatisfaction in CONCACAF at the absence of the Federation's Secretary at the last Congress, in Curacao when the president of FIFA, Sir Stanley Rous, attended. Some members are not too happy, either, at the general performance of the present secretary and feel that Jamaica's George Abrahams judging by his performance at CONCACAF meetings so far is the best man for the job.

The United States of America, Trinidad, Haiti and Cuba are some of the countries supporting Abrahams for the prestigious position of secretary.

Meanwhile CONCACAF has solved the muddle as to what six teams should contest the CONCACAF championship finals in Trinidad from Saturday, November 20 to August 5 in Trinidad.

The six teams are Costa Rica, the defending champions who automatically get into the finals; Trinidad and Tobago, another automatic finalist because of the fact that they are the host territory; Haiti, finalist without playing even one elimination match; Cuba, winners over Jamaica on a 1-0 aggregate in a two-way match; Mexico, 0-1 winners over Bermuda in a two-way match and British Honduras given a bye when their opponents El Salvador refused to play them. El Salvador and British Honduras were recently at war over a football match.

Haiti lingered in Port-of-Spain for four days last week waiting tor a three-way playoff series with Surinam and Cuba. But neither Surinam nor Cuba turned up. Cuba was given a berth in the finals and Surinam were eliminated.

It is understood that Surinam will challenge their rejection from the finals at the Congress starting tomorrow.

The last CONCACAF championships were held in San Jose, Costa Rica in 1969 and the home team went through the tournament without defeat. Jamaica finished last and scored three goals to ten against.