Rawle Toney reports
Thirteen of the fourteen affiliated clubs of the Upper Demerara Football Association (UDFA) voted in full support of the suspended executive, saying “no” to a proposed interim committee which the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) is planning to put in place.
The clubs were all represented yesterday when the association convened an emergency general congress.
“The meeting was called to deal with two issues, to update the clubs on our position, with regards to the GFF issues and to ask for their support and secondly to plan the association’s competition for the rest of the year” said Collie Hercules when contacted
Hercules who also served as Vice President of the GFF was slapped with a five year suspension, as were the other executives of the UDFA, except for the Linden Association’s President Sharma Solomon who was given eight years.
Since last Friday when they GFF General Congress would’ve met to hand down the suspension, the UDFA has maintained that the meeting itself was unconstitutionally convened and as such they will completely disregard the findings.
“The only club to abstain from voting was Netrockers but at least generally all the clubs I believe understand based on the responses that we would’ve gotten. We also had two new teams who are working on being affiliated” Hercules pointed out.
“Presently we are working on getting our tournament started” said the former National Striker, who also added “this should start within the next two weeks, so as it is right now, we already have our fixtures and the sponsorship and other logistics are being sorted out. We’re ready to play and I think the stands or support shown by the clubs should be an indication of their position in this entire situation”
Meanwhile, contacted yesterday, in an invited comment on the situation, GFF President Christopher Matthias said that this Federation’s decision initially had nothing to do with clubs, but also pointed out “I’ll say this, this Federation is one of discipline and will hold anyone with total disregard of our constitution responsible and as such, we will act in accordance to the constitution of the GFF”