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JFF boss long ago be­cause the sad truth is that his per­for­mance as pres­i­dent has now dis­in­te­grated be­yond poor.

When Bur­rell was ousted by Cren­ston Box­hill in the 2003 JFF Con­gress at the then StarFish Ho­tel in Trelawny, I was fully sup­port­ive of that move. At that time, I be­lieved that the for­mer army man had be­come so con­sumed by his own power that he for­got that he was an­swer- able to the af­fil­i­ates.

In 2007, when Bur­rell re­turned from ex­ile to de­feat Box­hill and re­turned to the helm of the JFF, I also sup­ported that move. At the time, I felt that Box­hill was not as­sertive enough, and in ad­di­tion to be­ing over­whelmed by the mag­ni­tude of the job, he was also not get­ting the req­ui­site sup­port lo­cally and from CONCACAF.

Hav­ing cre­ated and for­ti­fied the base he es­tab­lished while he was out of power, Bur­rell re­turned with what ap­peared to be an im­preg­nable de­fence. So, while his stocks have again fallen, pos­si­bly lower than they were in 2003, it would ap­pear that he can­not be moved be­cause of the loy­alty of the parishes who feel in­debted to him.


Some may ar­gue that there are no suit­able per­sons around to re­place Bur­rell. This could be blamed on the non­cha­lant at­ti­tude of some of the ma­jor per­son­al­i­ties in lo­cal foot­ball, even in the much-re­spected KSAFA. Maybe we need to start look­ing out­side of foot­ball at a per­son like Chris Dehring, who has proven him­self to be a rather gifted leader within lo­cal and re­gional sport­ing cir­cles.

In the mean­time, I be­lieve the af­fil­i­ates of the var­i­ous parish as­so­ci­a­tions need to start ques­tion­ing the stew­ard­ship of some of their parish pres­i­dents who are, seem­ingly, more con­cerned with get­ting trips at the JFF’s ex­pense than prop­erly rep­re­sent­ing the in­ter­ests of their re­spec­tive parishes. Their in­tran­si­gence must not be al­lowed to con­tinue, or it will ul­ti­mately be­come the death of our foot­ball.

It is against the back­ground of the above that I wish to con­grat­u­late and laud Danny Beck­ford for his coura­geous stance.

Chris Dehring

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