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Angenie Kanhai quits as CFU General Secretary
« on: December 07, 2011, 05:30:29 AM »
CFU general secretary to quit
Jermaine Lannaman (Jamaica Gleaner)


Caribbean Football Union (CFU) general secretary, Angenie Kanhai, is to resign from her post come December 20.

The Trinidadian, who played a lead role in FIFA investigations in the cash-for-vote bribery scandal involving former FIFA presidential candidate, Qatari Mohamed bin Hammam, and former FIFA vice-president Austin 'Jack' Warner, made the revelation in an official notification of resignation letter that was copied to members of the CFU and obtained by The Gleaner.

"I regret to have taken this decision at a time such as now, a period of upheaval and change, but I was forced to face, like all of you, the emotional, psychological and physical toll paid over the last months," said Kahnai.

"As a result, I have made the decision to allow the opportunity and space for fresh eyes and minds, unsullied and unencumbered by the pressures of the past months to guide the CFU.

"This is a time to stimulate a new era of football in our region and my sincerest hope is that my resignation can indicate to you that acting in the best interest of the CFU is what we should all do, even if it requires some sacrifices," she added.

Kahnai was one of FIFA's chief witnesses during the bribery investigations, which resulted in bin Hammam withdrawing his candidacy for FIFA presidency and Warner, who at the time was also the CFU and CONCACAF president, resigning.

In total, FIFA banned 11 CFU officials for periods ranging from 30 days to 26 months, reprimanded three and warned five.

Among them were Jamaica Football Federation president, Captain Horace Burrell, who was handed a six-month suspension - three of which were deferred to a two-year probation; and general secretary Horace Reid, who was issued a warning.

Suspensions

Several other high-profile CFU officials received suspensions.

According to a BBC website report, Kahnai provided the FIFA ethics committee with a detailed report of what transpired at the specially convened CFU meeting in May in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, where it is alleged that bin Hammam offered bribes of US$40,000 to CFU members for votes at the FIFA elections.

"The purpose of the special meeting was to provide Mr bin Hammam with the opportunity to address the delegates from the CFU," wrote Kanhai in her two-page report that was obtained by the BBC.

"On May 10, 2011, Mr Warner advised me that he had gifts, which were to be distributed to the delegates. Mr Warner did not tell me what the gifts were, but advised that they were to be distributed from the Hotel (sic) that afternoon.

"After consulting with my staff, Jason Sylvester and Debbie Minguell, I suggested to Mr Warner that the gifts be distributed between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. that day," the BBC further quoted Kanhai saying.

It added: "During the morning session on May 10, Mr Warner made an announcement to the attendees about picking up the abovementioned (sic) gift. I was told that I should come to his office to collect the gifts that were to be distributed.

"I arrived at Mr Warner's office at approximately 2:30 p.m. on May 10 and collected a locked bag with the key in the front pocket.

"The bag contained 26 envelopes, these envelopes were unmarked and were folded and sealed. I did not see any envelopes opened and left Debbie Minguell and Jason Sylvester to distribute the envelopes.

"The next day, I met Debbie and Jason for breakfast at the hotel and they advised me that the envelopes had contained cash."

The report goes on to say: "In speaking with the representative from The Bahamas, I was advised that he had returned the envelope. The representative from the Turks and Caicos returned the envelope to Ms Minguell on the morning of May 11, 2011.

"After the meeting, I was contacted by Mr Warner, who asked that the bag and any remaining gifts be returned to him."

It was also reported that prior to the publication of the BBC story, repeated requests for a comment from Warner received no response.

However, in an earlier speech Warner had stated: "It's not unusual for such things to happen and gifts have been around throughout the history of FIFA. What's happening now for me is hypocrisy."

FIFA, in concluding its investigations, found bin Hammam guilty and banned him from soccer for life.

Also Gordon Derrick of Antigua and Barbuda, a CFU presidential candidate, was reprimanded, clearing him to run in the next election.

He will challenge Jamaican Tony James and Trinidadian Harold Taylor, while there are question signs about the participation of Burrell.

This is so because he is now suspended and, if the elections were to be called before the period expires, he would not be eligible.

The elections were slated to be held in Jamaica last month. However, based on a request by the interim executive of the CFU, it was put off until a date to be announced.

A CFU members' meeting has been arranged by FIFA, to take place at its headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. FIFA has undertaken responsibilities for all expenses, including transportation and accommodation.
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Re: Angenie Kanhai quits as CFU General Secretary
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2011, 07:05:47 AM »
Well done Angenie,thanks for your service.

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Re: Angenie Kanhai quits as CFU General Secretary
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2011, 07:13:26 AM »
It appears than Angenie is behaving with great dignity in an association where this is a rare commodity. Thank you for your honesty in a situation in which you must have been under great pressure.

 

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