Stephenson: Del­e­gates more com­fort­able with Rick­etts

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - – L.S.

LOS­ING JA­MAICA Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion (JFF) pres­i­den­tial can­di­date, Am­bas­sador Ste­wart Stephenson, said although he was dis­ap­pointed at be­ing de­feated in the quest for lo­cal foot­ball’s top post, he thought he ran a cred­i­ble race but be­lieved his op­po­nent had much closer ties with the del­e­gates.

“I am very dis­ap­pointed, yes, but I am proud that we ran a very clean and open cam­paign. We came with a plan which was work­able, and that would have brought tremen­dous ben­e­fits to the foot­ball. But the del­e­gates felt they wanted to sup­port some­one who they were more fa­mil­iar with,” he stated.

Stephenson added that he re­spect the fact that the del­e­gates are more com­fort­able work­ing with Rick­etts.

“I was away from the board for nine months and they (board mem­bers) de­vel­oped a re­la­tion­ship with Mike (Rick­etts).

“But I have no re­grets (with re­gard to) run­ning for the po­si­tion. I am very proud of my cam­paign team. Two friends con­tested the run-off and the del­e­gates favoured one be­cause of a closer fa­mil­iar­ity. We are very proud that we were able to show Ja­maica that there are al­ter­na­tives to the de­vel­op­ment of foot­ball and we ran a very strong cam­paign, ar­tic­u­lated our ideas and showed that we had a bond with the pri­vate sec­tor which is vi­tal to the de­vel­op­ment of foot­ball,” he con­tin­ued.

How­ever, he noted that de­spite get­ting popular sup­port pub­licly, he did not have the same level of sup­port in the board­room.

“Through­out the coun­try, there was clear popular and over­whelm­ing sup­port for me. They know my track record and the vi­sion and ideas that I have. But 13 men around the board took into ac­count their own per­sonal re­la­tion­ships with the can­di­date they felt more com­fort­able work­ing with,” Stephenson con­cluded.

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Am­bas­sador Ste­wart Stephenson

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