(CNS): The vice president of the Cayman Islands Football Association, Bruce Blake, has secured a seat on the executive committee of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) after elections in Miami this weekend. Blake, who has yet to fully explain what has gone on with the CIFA accounts, was heading up the organisation when the sports minister pulled government’s cash contribution over the corruption concerns in the wake of the conviction of Jeff Webb for fraud in the US and the revelations in the CarePay trial about irregularities with CIFA money.
Blake gave up his position as an attorney with Maples and Calder and became acting CIFA president after Webb, who was CONCACAF president and FIFA VP at the time, was arrested in Zürich in May 2015. But Blake failed to secure the top job locally when Lee Ramoon was elected as CIFA president in May this year.
However, questions continue regarding Blake’s suitability to hold senior positions in regional football given his central role in local football at a time when financial irregularities within CIFA, CFU, CONCACAF and the FIFA were exposed. And with remaining uncertainties about how much he knew of what Webb and Canover Watson were doing with the association’s cash, Blake has now entered another administrative football arena tainted by corruption scandals.
During the CFU elections on Saturday, Gordon Derrick from Antigua and Barbuda was re-elected president for a second term, but he is currently at the centre of a financial scandal of his own. CONCACAF auditors have found a secret bank account registered in Antigua, into which monthly funding of $45,000 for the CFU to run its affairs from CONCACAF has been deposited instead of in the organisation’s official account in Jamaica.
Derrick was already facing allegations of corruption and had been barred from running for the CONCACAF presidency in April by the FIFA Audit and Compliance Committee after he failed an integrity check.
According to a release from CFU, alongside Derrick other executive members elected Saturday were: Cheney Joseph (Grenada) First Vice President; Rignaal Francisca (Curacao) Second Vice President; Lyndon Cooper (St. Lucia) Third Vice President; Richard Dijkhoff (Aruba) Fourth Vice President; and Randolph Harris (Barbados), Eric Labrador (Puerto Rico), Bruce Blake (Cayman Islands), and Jeaninne Wong Loi Sing (Bonaire) Executive Committee Members.
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