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Concacaf president over for BFA celebration

Making an appearance: Montagliani’s visit will coincide with the BFA’s awards ceremony (Photograph by Henry Romero/Reuters)

Concacaf president Victor Montagliani will be on the island this month for the Bermuda Football Association’s 50th anniversary celebration as a member of the confederation.

The event on the weekend of April 21 will coincide with the BFA’s season-ending Awards Ceremony, set for the Saturday evening at CedarBridge Academy.

On the Friday, the Concacaf president will officially open the recently constructed Clyde Best Centre of Excellence on behalf of Fifa president Gianni Infantino. Montagliani will then be the guest of honour at a private reception for invited guests and friends of football.

The following morning the BFA will hold the annual Football Symposium where plans for the Grassroots Leadership Academy of Development and Coach Licensing programme will be unveiled. Montagliani will also attend and provide some remarks with regard to the direction of Concacaf.

The awards ceremony in the evening will conclude the weekend’s activities with Montagliana giving remarks and acknowledging the BFA’s half century as a member of Concacaf.

There were some historic achievements during the season with Robin Hood winning a first Premier Division championship while X-Roads won the First Division and were promoted to the top flight for the first time in their history. During last weekend’s season-ending weekend finals, PHC Raiders won the Masters KO Cup final and the PHC Zebras winning an 11th FA Cup final.

The standout individual performances for the season will also be recognised with the BFA Order of Merit awards also presented.

BFA president Mark Wade said: “We are happy that president Montagliani has accepted the invitation to come to Bermuda. It is fitting that he will be with us as we celebrate 50 years of membership in Concacaf.

“There are actually two 50s! This is also the 50th anniversary of our highest achievement in football at the senior level. Fifty years ago Bermuda won the silver medal at the Pan Am Games.”

All are welcome to attend the Awards Ceremony which will start at 7pm. Tickets are $30 and for more information on the 50th anniversary weekend or Awards Ceremony, contact the BFA office at 295-2199.