Matthias extends Olive branch to those who tried to oust him from GFF presidency

By Delvon Mc Ewan


President of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) Christopher Matthias yesterday said that he was willing to work with members of the breakaway faction of the GFF in an effort to execute his federation’s constitutional mandate which is to develop, promote, regulate and control the discipline of football.

Jerome Valcke

Jerome Valcke

According to Matthias he was willing to not only invite the members of the disgruntled sub associations/ affiliates but the entire nation in the efforts aimed at football development and good governance.

Speaking at a press conference held yesterday at the office of the GFF Matthias said that he had forgiven the members who recently tried to oust him from the post of GFF president through the convening of an illegal congress and the subsequent no-confidence motion and for publishing untruths about him in an obvious attempt at character assassination.

Last Saturday several associations/affiliates of the GFF reconvened the congress following the rescheduled April 26 gathering and voted to remove Mathias and GFF executive member Keith O’Jeer. However, on Wednesday, FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke wrote to Matthias stating that from a document and information received, it does not appear that the GFF Congress was convened in accordance with the GFF statutes.

Under the membership act of article 27 of the GFF’s constitution, the Extraordinary Congress is detailed as follows: 1. The Executive Committee may convene an Extraordinary Congress at any time, 2.The Executive Committee shall convene an Extraordinary Congress if one-third of the Members of the Federation make such a request in writing. The request shall specify the items for the agenda. An Extraordinary Congress shall be held within three months of receipt of the request. If an Extraordinary Congress is not convened, the Members who requested it may  …..To continue reading, login or subscribe now.

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