Renard Moxam has launched a bid to lead the Cayman Islands Football Association, saying the organization needs a fresh start under new leadership following negative publicity in the wake of corruption allegations that have shaken the world game.
Mr. Moxam said he has secured the necessary support from member clubs to run as a candidate for first vice president at the association’s annual congress this month.
That role currently carries the responsibility of acting president, following the suspension of Jeffrey Webb from football-related activities by world governing body FIFA pending the outcome of his trial in the U.S.
Bruce Blake is currently first vice president and acting president of the Cayman Islands Football Association.
Announcing his candidacy in a letter to clubs this week, Mr. Moxam said, “The recent global and regional allegations against FIFA and CONCACAF and its senior leadership have cast a cloud over football all around the world as well as right here at home.
“Like many persons, I fully respect the notion of innocent until proven guilty, and I still wish and hope for the best outcome in this situation. But we are also all aware that our local association and the sport in general in Cayman has suffered and continues to suffer a negative impact on its image and credibility due in part to these recent events.”
Mr. Moxam, the current national teams director, told the Cayman Compass that some of the current CIFA leadership has been involved in the association for too long to offer a genuine opportunity for change. He said new leadership, new vision and real reforms are needed to restore the image of Cayman football and bring sponsors and community partners back into the game.
“Without a positive, credible image, local commercial partners and government will have major reservations relative to re-engaging in sponsorship relationships with CIFA,” he said.
Mr. Moxam said both CONCACAF and FIFA are looking to new leaders and ideas to clean up their image, and CIFA needs to do the same.
He believes reforms, including fixed-term limits for board members and greater financial transparency and accountability, need to be introduced.
“CIFA’s credibility and image is at all-time low,” he said. “In my opinion, the recent events force us to turn over a new page and rethink our governance of football in Cayman.
“I have a lot of passion and conviction for the history and the future of the sport. Equally I understand that the changes cannot be done by myself alone and I appreciate the need for collective efforts and humility in this proposed task. If successful, I want to work tireles sly in the interest of Cayman football.”
He said he supports greater financial accountability, including the publication of detailed quarterly or biannual accounts, and open tendering for FIFA-funded projects.
He added, “After discussions with membership clubs, I know there is consensus that there must be a total independent audit done on all administrative and financial matters relative to CIFA. That should happen parallel with a complete analysis on the state of the game in our islands, followed by consultations with membership clubs and then approving a development plan which would be a road map for the game going forward.”
But he said he would resist some reforms proposed at the world level, in particular potential changes to the one-country, one-vote system that gives Cayman an equal say in world football to any other country, including global powers such as Brazil and Germany.
Mr. Moxam met representatives from several clubs on Tuesday to outline his platform and to ask them to back his candidacy.
If elected, he said he would work with clubs to build a long-term development plan for the game, including reater focus on youth development, training of coaches and technical support to clubs.
He would require the support of a majority of club delegates at the association’s Aug. 29 congress to become first vice president of the organization.
Mr. Moxam added, “The sport belongs to all members of the community, football clubs and their players. We should not lose track of that understanding. Equally, the players and clubs must take their roles and responsibilities relative to the principles of the sport seriously.
“There needs to be a concentrated effort to reconnect the public with the sport and a bigger/better appreciation and understanding of the good people and events that make up our football history. In turn, we need to embrace and use some of that positive history to build a respected football culture and great future for our youngsters and the community at large.”