Canadian football boss takes up CONCACAF job

| 12/05/2016 | 16 Comments
Cayman News Service

CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani

(CNS): With the last three of the regional football association’s presidents having been charged with corruption offences in the massive global FIFA scandal, the president of the Canadian Soccer Association has been voted as the new head of the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF). Victor Montagliani was voted in by the membership at the XXXI Ordinary Congress in Mexico City today. All of the confederation’s 41 member associations participated in the elections and Montagliani beat out Bermuda’s football boss, Larry Mussenden, with 25 votes to 16.

Rodolfo Villalobos of Costa Rica was elected to the CONCACAF Council as a vice-president. Luis Hernandez of Cuba, Pedro Chaluja of Panama and Sonia Bien-Aime of Turks and Caicos were elected to represent the confederation on the FIFA Council, a release from CONCACAF stated.

Montagliani (50), from Vancouver, now has the job of cleaning up the association, which has been one of the most tainted sports bodies in the world.

“Today’s modern world of football requires a leader that has both the intimidate knowledge of the business of football and football itself,” he told the 41 delegates in Mexico City.

His election to the post follows Honduran lawyer Alfredo Hawit’s departure after he was indicted in December.

Hawit was the temporary stand-in for Cayman’s own fallen football hero, Jeffrey Webb, who was arrested in May 2015 in Switzerland as the huge FIFA scandal broke. They have both pleaded guilty in the US and are awaiting sentencing.

Jack Warner, who held the president’s job for two decades and had already been booted out under a cloud of suspicion before the major scandal broke, has also been indicted by the US justice department but he continues to fight extradition from his native Trinidad and Tobago to America.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    CNS – why are your comments closed on the Ronald Forbes’ sports story? You did the same with a recent positive sports-related story! With the Jeff Webb scandal having received much coverage and comment (rightly so), aren’t we permitted to praise or encourage those who set a positive example in our small local sports community??

    CNS: Right underneath the first paragraph, it states very clearly that you can comment on the full story on CNS Local Life. All you have to do is click on the link. I have no idea how you could possibly miss it.

    • Anonymous says:

      I have an idea as to how they could possibly miss it but I am not sure the answer would make it through the Comment Policy.

  2. Anonymous says:

    So now it Canconcacaf? Or Concacafcan? So confusing

  3. Just Askin' says:

    Poor old Brucie never get a look in?

  4. Anonymous says:

    None our own Caymanian football heroes was elected to any meaningful? How is CONCACAF to survive now? Are all the meaningless trips in CONCACAF/FIFA suits over? Can we now invest the funding actually trying to improve the GAME and provide some opportunities to our boys and girls. No one really needs 20 luxury watches. Lets hope our own local clubs are paying attention, change is a MUST.

    • Anonymous says:

      Change must begin at our CIFA club level – ours have been far too silent/complicit in local match rigging for too long. Including irrational private playoff draws that make a farce of regular season qualification and clubs that deliberately fail to show up for scheduled matches to insulate their aligned clubs from a points against spread. Disrespectful to kids, parents, and the volunteer coaches and referees that give so much to make the game better. So much homegrown BS here and the clubs seemingly have a conspiracy of silence. Some of the teams and individuals should be kicked out of the league forever, and many people know who they are.

      • Anonymous says:

        Well the local clubs will have an excelente oppprtunity to make a stand latter this month in the CIFA president election, however do not count on it. When you look at who might be running for the post you get the impression JW still running things and he and the current administration will have one of their own running for the post and therefore continue with business as usual. If the clubs actually care they must demand a total change of the current CIFA board. Anything less than will be a fruitless motion. Think about the last 20 years and what this crew has done to the beautiful game in Cayman.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Not too long ago I was so proud that our own Jeff Webb held this position (and stood to be such an inspiration to our youth). How just a year later such hopes dashed and replaced by embarassment. Shame on you Jeff! Pure greediness and complete lack of humility and/or gratitude.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Please stop referring to Jeff Webb as a “football hero”. I do not think he ever was for the majority of us.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Was Canover Watson elected Treasurer? He has lots of time to devote to the job and you will always know where to find him.

    What about Bruce Blake for Secretary General? He also has lots of time and also experience watching over Canover Watson.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Who cares. Why do tax payers have to pay for this nonsense. Why can’t we just let the boys and girls play football without having all this bureaucratic Bu%%$^it?

    • Anonymous says:

      Tax payers? You mean all of that income and sales tax we pay here in Cayman?

      • Timbits says:

        We just call them import duties and transfer and licensing fees.

        But this job should be easier than clubbing baby seals.

      • Anonymous says:

        Clearly you are an idiot if you don’t realize you are one of the most taxed people on the planet. Not all taxes are direct. Wake Up!

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