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By Neto Baptiste
The timing and method for appointing the former Lions of Villas defender Swerby Gomez As the new head coach of the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association (ABFA), he is flawed and must be reconsidered.
This is according to the former national coach, Rowan Benjaminwho first acknowledged that Gomez meets all the necessary requirements in the presence of a good technical director but insisted that according to the body’s constitution, due process was not followed.
“Now, these are major decisions and the president has chosen to make these decisions within the election cycle, and that’s number one. Number two, in terms of executive members. There was no meeting, so the whole process was flawed, and if I just tell you it’s from the ABFA constitution that praises The president always says “the powers of the executive committee” and one of the powers is “the coaches of the representative teams and other technical staff shall be appointed. Now there was no meeting of the executive branch. The last meeting they had was in January, so who made the decision and where are the minutes of that decision.
The FA announced, on Friday, that Gomez will serve in the position left vacant following the death of Rolston Williams in October 2020. His appointment will continue for a period of three years. On Friday, the former national goalkeeper, CONCACAF coach and fitness coach was appointed to the FIFA referee, Kelisha AntoineAs Head of the Referees Department.
Benjamin believes that in Gomez’s case, the appointment raises concerns about a conflict of interest given that Gomez is also the vice-chairman of Aston Villa, which is chaired by the ABFA. Everton GonçalvesHe is the boss.
“Suppose the executive duly convenes a meeting to discuss the appointment; Everton Gonçalves, as he is Villa president, is supposed to absolve himself from the appointed executive meeting. The issue here is not with Mr. Gomez. The issue here is the correct procedure which has not been followed, which is A serious violation of the constitution.
But the former Secretary General of the Caribbean Football Association (CFU) and member of Aston Villa FC, Neil Cochrandisagrees with Benjamin’s feelings, stating that there is nothing in the Constitution to support his claims.
He cannot point to anything in the Constitution that speaks of the president’s inability to make a decision at the end of four years. There is nothing in the constitution to prevent him from doing so. Nor is there anything in the constitution that obligates the president, other than appointing the Secretary-General, to obtain the approval of the executive branch. This is constitutional and this is a fact.
“Even in any writings sent out in connection with this issue, no article of the Constitution has been cited to say that you have violated Section V, or this or that, of the Constitution because there is not only I believe that Porridge[Benjamin}continuestolookforwhateverisnegativetospeakof”[Benjamin}justcontinuestolookforeverythingisaboutnegativetospeak“headded[Benjamin}يواصلالبحثعنكلماهوسلبيللتحدثعنه”[Benjamin}justcontinuestolookforeverythingthatisnegativetospeakabout”headded
The ABFA was due to host the elections constitutionally scheduled for March this year, but was forced to postpone the vote due to Covid-19 restrictions. It remains unclear when the elections will take place. Gonsalves challenges Executive Member Barbara Coates to the top of the league.
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