Burrell supports Webb

Jamaica Football Federation president Captain Horace Burrell has endorsed Jeff Webb, President of the Cayman Islands FA, to replace ousted long-time leader Austin ‘Jack’ Warner as president of the North, Central American and Caribbean region (CONCACAF). 

CONCACAF will elect a new president on 23 May when it stages a congress ahead of the two-day FIFA Congress in Budapest, Hungary.  

“I have decided to throw my support behind Jeff Webb,” Burrell said. “He has asked for my support and having done a lot of work in the recent months I’ve decided to give him that support.” 

Burrell, who was also seen as a possible candidate for the region’s top job, does not want the top job. “It is very important for someone from the Caribbean Football Union to lead CONCACAF because over the years we’ve discovered that the Caribbean is a very diverse community in so far as the whole football development is concerned, and having a Caribbean person as head of CONCACAF would always be a great help to the enhancement of football throughout the region. 

“The reason is I guess the Caribbean would understand the difficulties that each other face and hence, can sometimes tailor programmes to assist. It is one region and we intend to move forward with unity, but I also believe it is important to have a leader from the Caribbean, which makes up the majority of the CONCACAF, and we think that this is the way to go.” 

Warner, whose term was to run until 2015, resigned last June to avoid a bribery probe, following the cash-for-votes scandal that rocked the sport in the Caribbean resulting in a number of officials being sanctioned, including Burrell. 

Warner, the Trinidad and Tobago minister of works, was in charge of the sport in various leadership capacities in the CONCACAF region for almost 30 years. 

But what has come of Burrell’s leadership aspiration? He said: “At this time I have decided to throw my support behind Webb at the CONCACAF level so that I can concentrate on the Caribbean region as a whole. 

“I think that very strong leadership is needed at this time within the Caribbean region and I fully understand the dynamics of the region and it would be sad not to devote my all to developing the Caribbean region and so my concentration at this time is to work with our people in the region.” 

Honduras’ football head Alfredo Hawitt has been acting as president of CONCACAF since last year. The next president will complete Warner’s term, and CONCACAF member associations may nominate candidates for the position up to 60 days before the Congress. 


Jeffrey Webb is well respected in the CONCACAF region.


  1. I’ve expressed my disappointment with how Jeffrey Webb has handled Cayman’s football development and progress over the years…but I have absolutely no problem with him running CONCACAF.

    Its better Jeff gets the CONCACAF presidency than have it go to anyone form the USA, Mexico, Honduras, Costa Rica, Guatemala…or any of the stronger footballing nations in CONCACAF.

    When CONCACAF was controlled by Mexico, the Caribbean got absolutely nothing.

    Under Jack Warner, both Jamaica and Trinidad qualified respectively for the 1998 and 2006 World Cups, an unprecedented feat for the smaller, English-speaking football nations.

    Now that the bribery scandal smoke is settling, if Jeffrey Webb is in the hot seat in CONCACAF, progress can begun to be made again.

    As a former footballer both in Jamaica and Cayman, who now works in the professional game in England, at Birmingham City FC, I fully support Jeff becoming CONCACAF president.

    It might be advisable for him to surrender the presidency of CIFA to an able and committed person who can concentrate totally on Cayman’s development.

    Anyone from CIFA can contact me if they wish contacts within the British professional game and I will gladly do what I can to assist them; their focus should be on getting their best youngsters into the academy systems while they are still of school age.

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