Posts up for grabs at BFA Congress
The posts of first vice-president and treasurer, as well as nine places on the executive committee will be contested at the Bermuda Football Association’s annual Congress at Devonshire Recreation Club today starting at 6.30pm.
Shannon Burgess is the first vice-president after being voted in in 2016, while James Davis is the treasurer. The nine executive members are Anthony Francis, Shequita Parson, Troy Brimmer, Antoine Augustus, Charryse Bean, Troy Lewis, Manny Faria, Stuart Crockwell and Vance Campbell.
Expected to be discussed at the Congress is the issue of qualified coaches at senior club level, with the BFA recently taking a stance to impose fines and points deductions on clubs who did not have senior coaches with the necessary B-licence qualification at the August 31 deadline.
This summer the Bermuda Football Coaches Association offered two Introduction to Coaching courses to enable club coaches to meet the licensing standards for the new season.
However, at its last week, the Executive Council voted to delay administering match forfeitures until after the Congress meeting.
“We hope to address the failure of clubs to meet the August 31 deadline and hopefully get an explanation of why there was difficulty in completing the necessary steps in the year the policy officially was introduced,” president Mark Wade said in a letter to the clubs last week.
“It is our hope that you see coach licensing as an important step in improving player development in Bermuda.”
• The BFA has begun selling tickets for the first home match in the Concacaf Nations League Qualifier, against Sint Maarten on October 12 at the National Sports Centre, starting at 7.30pm.
The senior men’s team made their debut in the competition with a 3-1 loss to Aruba in Curaçao, while Sint Maarten suffered a 13-0 thrashing at the hands of Haiti in their opening match.
Tickets for the match can be purchased online at www.ptix.bm/bfa or from the BFA office at the Clyde Best Centre of Excellence in Prospect. Tickets are priced at $50 for VIP Club; $25 general admission and children under-12 and seniors $10. Parking is also $10.
Concacaf began the inaugural Nations League qualifying tournament on September 6 with the opening match between Dominica and Surinam. Bermuda lost to Aruba three days later.
Concacaf has divided all member countries into three divisions. Twelve countries will play in the top tier, considered League A, 16 in the middle tier, or League B, and the last 12 in the bottom division, or League C.
In the qualifiers each team will play four matches between September and March. The opponents were randomly drawn and all of the national teams will be sorted into an aggregate table to determine which league they will remain in going forward.
Bermuda will play another home match on November 16 against El Salvador before playing Dominican Republic in their final qualifier in March. All the matches are being played during Fifa international dates.
Striker Nahki Wells, who is on loan from Burnley to Sky Bet Championship side Queens Park Rangers, has confirmed to Bermuda coach Kyle Lightbourne his interest in being involved in upcoming qualifiers. He was not available for the Aruba match, having just joined QPR on the season-long loan.
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