CFU Official Here To Discuss Juvenile Tourney

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Jamaica Gleaner

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Oct 10 (CANA)

Secretary of the Caribbean Football Union, Trinidad and Tobago's Austin Warner, will leave here tomorrow for Jamaica for a meeting at which he hopes to reach a firm decision about a venue for the 1980 Caribbean Football Union's Juvenile Tournament.

Warner told the Jamaican Football Association, which was to have hosted the tournament in August could not do so nor have there been any concrete commitment following a request to be allowed to host the games in December.

The tournament is open to footballers under 19 years old.

The tournament had been scheduled for Jamaica from August 23 to 31. But then Martinique was chosen alternative venue due to political violence in Jamaica.

However, the Jamaica Football Association assured the Caribbean Football Union that the players would have been safe, and plans for the tournament continued.

One week before tournament date in August, the Jamaican officials then said that due to lack of finances, the tournament would have to be re-scheduled tor December.

Already, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Suriname, Puerto Rico and Trinidad and Tobago, have qualified for the tournament finals.

The Martiniquans are the defending champions.

Warner said that he would seek some definite answer from the Jamaicans as to whether they can in fact host the tournament in December.