Chairman of the Guyana Football Normalisation Committee Clinton Urling believes that it’s impractical for the body, mandated by FIFA to reform and restructure the country’s football, to reach their September deadline.
After the world governing body had installed the five member committee last October, it was stated by Primo Cavaro, FIFA’s Head of Member Association, that the Normalisation Committee, Guyana’s first, will be task to above all, reform the constitution of the GFF and their affiliates and had given a deadline of September 2015 for new elections to be held.
The GFF at their June 26 Extraordinary Congress, adopted a new constitution, paving the way for the Normalisation Committee to now go through the constitutional reform process of all 22 of their affiliates which will ultimately pave the way for elections.
Speaking at a Press Conference held at the GFF’s Head Office today, Urling said “to finish all the Member Associations constitutions and also to go down on the ground and do everything, it doesn’t look like we’re going to reach the September deadline. We’ve worked as efficient as possible to meet the earlier date but if we can meet the end of September; fine, but that will mean that by mid-august, all the Members would’ve had their constitutions and elections”
“Looking at it from my standpoint, I’m not optimistic that it could happen, but who knows. We have prepared a draft which will now be given to the Members and remember, the Normalisation Committee is the electoral body for all these elections; not just at the GFF level, but for our member associations as well” Urling said.
Urling, the former Chairman of the Private Sector Commission (PSC) could not have given how long the extension would be if given by FIFA, noting “I don’t know what system they would use to come up with the time frame for the extension. Just like we don’t know how they came up with up to September when they brought us in last year, but I think it shouldn’t be much more time. I see us finishing in another three months maybe, after September”
It was under the Normalisation Committee that Guyana is closest to realising its first FIFA Goal Project, after securing a 30 year lease for the Providence Community Centre Ground, along with the the resuscitation of the Golden Jaguars and especially the Lady Jags after an almost five year absence from the International arena.