Mussenden to step down as BFA president
Larry Mussenden will not seek re-election when his term as the Bermuda Football Association president ends next month.
Mussenden, who returned for a second stint as the BFA president in 2010 having previously served from 2001 to 2008, believes it is time for him to move on and for a new president with “fresh ideas”.
He said that developing the Clyde Best Centre of Excellence at BFA Field and working to get other members of the Executive appointed to international positions were among his proudest achievements. Mussenden will stand down as president on September 29 at the BFA's Annual General Congress Meeting.
“It is both time for me to move on and for a new president with fresh ideas and new energy for all,” Mussenden said in a statement.
“I look forward to seeing you at the Congress meeting and I look forward to the election of a new president — no doubt an excellent candidate from our football family.”
Mark Wade, who Mussenden beat at the BFA's presidential election in 2010, presently serves as the first vice-president and is a likely successor. Wade quit as coach of PHC Zebras at the end of last season.
Mussenden, a former Caribbean Football Union vice-president, already has plenty on his plate as the Fifa chairman of the appeals committee and was appointed as Bermuda's new Director of Public Prosecutions in March.
“It has been a huge honour for me to serve you from attending games at your fields, supporting your clubs, supporting our national teams in international competition, participating in meetings, developing the Clyde Best Centre of Excellence, representing the BFA in Bermuda and overseas, working to get other BFA Executive members on international appointments, developing our social media platforms and simply having fun in the name of football,” he added.
“It has been hard work but quite enjoyable too. Generally, I will be available to the BFA and clubs as necessary. Many thanks for the honour and your confidence in me to be your president.”
Mussenden, a senior director of law firm Mussenden Subair, lost to Victor Montagliani of Canada 25-16 in the Concacaf presidential election in Mexico City in May,
The Bermudian went into the vote believing he had the support from 24 nations, more than enough to win with 41 votes at stake.
“If I analyse it I think some of the foreign language voters within the CFU were looking for somebody else, rather than a traditional Caribbean football person,” Mussenden said shortly after his defeat.
“I'm happy with my campaign. I knew the people and I thought that people could make their decisions based on who I am. I have been around [football] a long time.”