Webb keen to showcase integrity

Jeffrey Webb maintains football in the region will develop using transparency and integrity. 

One year out from the unanimous appointment of Secretary General Enrique Sanz by the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football Executive Committee and through the vision of Cayman Islands native Webb, the CONCACAF president, efforts in the region are being done to ensure solid and sustainable development for football while adopting measures to stimulate the growth of the game.  

“Sanz has undeniably been a key addition to the transformation of our Confederation,” Webb said. “His impeccable execution has led our team to materialise some of the robust changes we have envisioned. Thanks to him, we can today see tangible results that account for the first steps towards a grander future for our Confederation.” 

Factors that are boosting the progress within CONCACAF include the consolidation of a solid structure, further involvement of member associations, addition of capable personnel, commercial investment and strategic alliances. 

“We’ve transformed challenges into opportunities – CONCACAF has a promising future and its soccer continues to grow,” said Sanz. “Every day, together with the executive committee, we put forth president Webb’s mission and we create a more transparent and trustworthy Confederation. In CONCACAF, we are extremely proud of what our team has been able to achieve during these intense months of hard work.”  

Sanz, who officially took office on 25 July last year, is a central part of the new CONCACAF leadership. He has played a key role in the new administration of the Confederation by implementing Webb’s vision, through the unconditional support of the Executive Committee, to develop, promote and manage football in the region.  

“CONCACAF is growing; the Secretary General has shown that he has the commercial background and a lot of experience on the business side, and you can see a lot of improvements in various parts of the Confederation, whether on-field issues or off-field issues,” said the president of the United States Soccer Federation, Sunil Gulati. 

Gulati would see the US national team, featuring superstar Landon Donovan, beat Panama to win the CONCACAF Gold Cup over the weekend. 

“Mr. Sanz has brought an air of professionalism and ease to the new administration of CONCACAF,” said Jamaica Football Federation President, Captain Horace Burrell. “The Confederation in years to come is going to be much better off for having him as a part of the administration, and in particular as the Secretary General. There are many evident changes, first of all accountability, secondly the involvement of everyone. I think, overall, president Webb has brought a new vision and also a different attitude to 
CONCACAF’s leadership.” 

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Horace Burrell, left, has supported Jeff Webb for years. – PHOTO: MATTHEW YATES

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