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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, September 5, 2015
"Innalilahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon"
To Allah we belong and to Him we shall return."
(Quran Surat Al Baqarah 2:156)
Sunrise: 20th November 1972
Sunset: 5th September 2013
I did not see you close your eyes
Or hear your last faint sigh
I only heard that you were gone
Too late to say goodbye.
If tears could build a stairwell and memories were a lane,
I would walk right up to Heaven and bring you home again.
No farewell words were spoken no time to say good-bye.
You were gone before I knew it, and only God knows why.
My heart still aches in sadness, and secret tears still flow.
What it means to lose you, no one will ever know.
Forever in our hearts and sadly missed.
Your loving wife Denyse, Jovanna and Justin.
T&T Olympic Committee pres-
ident Brian Lewis, and ex-Soca
Warrirors World Cup goalkeeper
and current ESPN analysts Neil
"Shaka" Hislop have both endorsed
the efforts of Lebanon-based for-
mer T&T international David
Nakhid to become Fifa president at
its February 26, 2016 elections.
The post is being by Nakhid and
a contested after Joseph Sepp Blatter,
who was re-elected for a fifth term
earlier this year amid corruption
controversy involving a host of top
officials said he will vacate the posi-
tion following calls for him to do so,
mainly from UEFA which is head by
former France international Michel
Platini. The Swiss has been in charge
of Fifa since 1998 but decided to
stand down on June 2 as the game s
world governing body battled two
Speaking at a media briefing held
at the VIP Lounge, Hasely Crawford
Stadium, Mucurapo on Thursday,
the 51-year-old Nakhid along with
former Journalist, Josanne Leonard,
who is a member of his team as
campaign manager set about out-
lining some of his plans for a better
Fifa, once elected.
With regards to his own election
campaign, Nakhid must first get
the backing of new fewer than five
football associations to be considered
an official candidate.
But it seems the least of worries
for the former Switzerland and USA-
based footballer who has gotten the
verbal support of the Caribbean
Football Union (CFU) and T&T Foot-
ball Federation president headed by
Raymond Tim Kee.
"We have had some healthy con-
versations with CFU which is reeling
from the backlash of the recent
controversy and corruption scandal
involving some of its top officials,
inclusive of former presidents, Jack
Warner and Geff Webb, the latter
of whom has already been extradited
to the USA to face charges.
According to Leonard Nakhid
should be the favourite to get the
nod firstly as Concacaf, as the CFU
accounts for 31 votes, which gives
it a strong position in Concacaf when
it comes to major decisions and he
will be banking of this support.
Once confirmed as Concacaf s
choice for the top Fifa post, Nakhid
then plans to lobby countries in
Europe and Africa, where he has
formed many relationships through-
out his playing career.
As part of his vision for a better
Concacaf, Nakhid vowed to bring
the region s premier football event,
Concacaf Gold Cup to the Caribbean
and Central American.
"The Gold Cup is our major event
and we will be lobbying for it to be
held within CFU and Central Amer-
ica possibly on a six-year rotation
process, because as we speak 75.6
per cent of Concacaf is made up of
CFU members, and we must have
a greater share of what is happening
in terms of development."
With regards to his plans for the
world governing body for the sport
Nakhid said he wants to see better
allround development for football in
CFU and Concacaf in general at a
level playing field as well as smaller
nations having a greater chance at
getting to a Fifa World Cup event.
"In the past, USA and Mexico
have been the only countries to host
the tournament, but having the top
competition in Concacaf staged in
CFU or Central American will help
with overall development, create
jobs, improve facilities, bring more
tourism and more importantly
A former T&T captain, Nakhid
says he also sees room for the estab-
lishment of a Caribbean Professional
Football League while also putting
a lot more focus of football from the
primary schools level come up .
In his letter to Nakhid, Lewis who
returned from Auckland, New
Zealand yesterday where he partic-
ipated in the Commonwealth Games
Federation General Assembly, said
he was in full support of his coun-
tryman s candidacy for all the right
reasons. In his letter Lewis said:
"You understand football, sport and
the power of sport. Your passion for
sport has seen you rise to play pro-
fessional football and set up your
"Over the years you have always
displayed integrity and a fearless
dedication to what is the best interest
of football and players while your
sense of duty, responsibility and
obligation is unquestioned. In ref-
erence to the corruption scandal,
Lewis noted that Fifa is facing its
most challenging period in its history
as its credibility and reputation are
under intense scrutiny and what is
required is genuine transformation
and reform at Fifa.
He added, "I am confident that
you can lead that transformation
and reform. Your indomitable will
to make a positive difference and
your willingness and humility to lis-
ten to different views and make con-
sidered decisions, your insight and
experience of football at all levels,
will serve you well. You are a bridge
builder and thought leader.
"It may seem an enormous chal-
lenge. But be undaunted. Go with
your customary courage and resolve.
I trust that the Caribbean Football
Associations will support your can-
didacy and show the football world.
A former goalkeeper at top flight
English Premiership clubs, Newcastle
United, West Ham United and
Portsmouth, Hislop, who noted that
his relationship with David has been
in many capacities over the years
said the former T&T captain was a
mentor to him as child at Secondary
He added, "He was a mentor to
me as a 14 year old training with
the St Mary s College first XI, a
team-mate and captain with the
national team, but most importantly
as a friend for the last 30 years.
"Despite his absence from these
shores he has never lost his love for
T&T, or sense of obligation to the
place he still calls home. He also
fully understands the role that foot-
ball in T&T and the wider Caribbean
has played in his life.
Commenting on the turbulent
status of Fifa, Hislop said, ""Given
the upheaval in world football, the
source of that upheaval, and the clear
need for reform, it doesn t surprise
me in the slightest to see David jump
in at the deep end. Nor does it sur-
prise me to see him make the
Caribbean the pivotal focus of his
campaign. Such an act of selfless
requisition has always been David s
calling card. The challenge, as is the
calling, is enormous, but not for the
first time in my life, I am in awe of
David s resolve, and remain con-
vinced of his dedication and deter-
"Not for the first time in my life,
I stand in full support of David s
efforts, this time in meeting the chal-
lenge of world football head on, and
providing the Caribbean and our
football, the focus and discussion it
needs in moving forward," ended
TTOC, Hislop endorse Nakhid for Fifa presidency
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