The GFA executive cannot extend its life without a two-thirds majority at the AGM

Dear Editor,

Unless the executive of the Georgetown Football Association (GFA) has applied to its affiliates and obtained by way of a 2/3 majority an extension of its administrative life in office, it may well be treading on dangerous ground by seeking an additional two years at the AGM. The life of that august body comes to an end in the month of December, and I would hate to see unconstitutionality on the part of the GFA take centre stage as soon as the issue between it and the GFF is fully resolved. As I had previously advocated in a letter, the GFA should not provide the GFF with ammunition to shoot it down. At this juncture may I enquire if during the course of last year, the GFA executive held its Annual General Meeting (half yearly) in accordance with its constitution? This requires that fourteen clear days‘ notice be given to affiliates, the Referees Council and the GFF, in addition to which the agenda, Secretary and Treasurer’s (Audited) Reports should be provided, and an announcement in the print media published, stating the date and the venue of the meeting.

Given the aims and objectives of the GFA, could it say during its two-year period in office, how many competitions were played, encompassing U-11 (Pee-Wee); U-13, U-15, U-17, U-19, U-21, First Division and Premier League? If all sides are equal, it should be sixteen over a two-year period, excluding a Knockout involving all senior teams. By the way the GFA executive is embarking upon its second edition of the (year-end) Knockout Competition, involving 24 participating teams, including those from the Associations of East, Upper and West Demerara, and possibly one from overseas, But does the executive have the administrative capability to successfully coordinate this undertaking? Within its budgetary framework how would the executive incorporate accommodation, meals and transportation for the invitees? How can the aims and objectives “to further develop and promote the sport of association football” be achieved by inviting Georgetown Masters (Veterans) and Banks All-Stars? In actuality affiliates of the GFA would have their teams weakened, due to compulsory representation by player(s) in  Banks DIH. How does the executive intend to deal with the loan/guest players of invitees?  While there would always be more questions than answers, I do hope the GFA executive hasn’t bitten off more than it can chew this time around. Nevertheless, best of luck in their endeavour!
Yours faithfully,
Lester Sealey


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