Caribbean happy with Montagliani visit
CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani recently held a series of visits to the Caribbean that included stops in Dominica, Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, Guyana, and St. Kitts and Nevis.
Montagliani finalized his trip in Kingston, Jamaica, where he officially opened the new Confederation’s office.
The President had the opportunity to meet with Member Associations and government officials, in addition to witnessing the advances of football development projects. The meetings go to the heart of Montagliani's ONE CONCACAF Vision, which is focused on key strategic pillars to further grow the game.
“My visits and meetings with Member Associations Presidents served as reaffirmation of the direction of the ONE CONCACAF Vision and the partnerships forged as the foundation of a new Confederation built on integrity, transparency and unity."
Guyana Football Federation (GFF) President Wayne Forde expressed his support to the Montagliani’s vision.
"This visit by the CONCACAF President has been a fantastic boost for GFF and for the profile of football in our country. It was an honor for us to have President Montagliani launch the new, nationwide under-15 league, and his positive message to our team was a motivation to continue its hard work in reforming and developing football in Guyana," said Forde. "We are fully committed to working together with President Montagliani and the rest of the region to deliver his ONE CONCACAF vision so that we can rebuild trust in football and create more opportunities."
These visits also presented the chance to emphasize the need of a collaborative effort with the government to advance football from grassroots to world-class competitions.
“We had an excellent meeting with President Montagliani. We looked at the current state of football and future ways to come together and collaborate on sports policies and development aspects to increase participation in the game,” said St. Kitts and Nevis Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, Stanley Knight.
In the Dominican Republic, Montagliani joined the Federación Dominicana de Fútbol (FEDOFUTBOL) in celebrating 100 years of football in the country.
On the occasion, FEDOFUTBOL President Osiris Guzman highlighted the importance and growth of football within the Dominican Republic.
“Counting on the presence of Montagliani, CONCACAF's top official, in addition to Luis Hernandez (Cuba), Eric Labrador (Puerto Rico), and Yves Jean Bart (Haiti), offers a perspective of the relevance of this moment. Montagliani visited the country during his electoral campaign. We support the current administration and the president’s plans for football development throughout the Caribbean.”
On Wednesday, March 15, CONCACAF conducted the official opening ceremony of its new location in Kingston. Montagliani was joined by the Confederation’s General Secretary Philippe Moggio, Director of Caribbean Football Horace Reid, Jamaica Football Federation officials, former Prime Minister Edward Seaga, State Minister in the Ministry of National Security, Senator Pearnel Charles Jr, and other government officials.