All the way from Guyana, I’m writing to say that Jeffrey Webb, CONCACAF president, did Cayman proud for his recent skilful settling of a long-running dispute between the two soccer associations here. In a few short days, he was able to achieve surprisingly quick reconciliation between the Guyana Football Federation and the Georgetown Football Association and to do it in a professional behind-the-scenes manner where the only announcement was that agreement had been reached.
For this community, where most people know very little about the current CONCACAF president, the introduction was a very impressive one. While the FIFA ingredient in the meetings would have been a formidable lever, the football folks here were also clearly impressed by Jeff’s approach of stern messages delivered diplomatically, and an editorial in the local press has praised Jeffrey’s work here as producing “a clear roadmap to restore the integrity of soccer” in Guyana. It was a classy performance and I had it mind to invite him to a celebration pepper pot dinner, but when I called for that purpose he had left.
He may not be available, but I suggest we should try fitting Jeffrey with cricket pads and conscript him to do a similar mediation job in Guyana’s cricket where inter-association wars have been raging for some time.