Scotland steps down from CIFA

Former Sports Minister Mark Scotland has become the latest member of the Cayman Islands Football Association executive to step down from his role. 

Mr. Scotland, who was chairman of the Youth Committee – one of three appointed positions on the ruling executive – will be replaced in the role by former national team player Neil Murray, who currently runs the primary school football leagues. 

Paul Macey, the acting general secretary of CIFA, announced his resignation from the Executive Committee last week. 

Mr. Scotland was part of the Cayman delegation in Zurich in May for the FIFA annual congress, during which CIFA President Jeffrey Webb and other football officials were arrested on corruption charges. 

He did not respond to calls from the Cayman Compass this week, but he is understood to have chosen to step aside. 

Meanwhile, acting CIFA President Bruce Blake has appointed two senior football coaches, Ernie “Gillie” Seymour of Athletic Sports Club and Roy “Huta” Ebanks of West Bay’s Future Sports Club to head up a new national football development committee. 

The shake-up, along with the nomination of Armando Ebanks as the association’s new treasurer last month, means that although there may not have been the wholesale changes called for by Sports Minister Osbourne Bodden, there are some fresh faces in the administrative body. 

Mr. Blake announced the changes in a series of memos to CIFA members last week and said the association was seeking to hire a full-time general secretary and another office staffer, with Donovon Kellyman now scheduled to leave at the end of September. 

“We would like to officially thank Mark Scotland and Paul Macey for their many years of service to football as CIFA Executive Members and wish them all the best for the future,” he wrote to clubs. 

Mr. Blake confirmed he has stepped down from his job at Maples and Calder and is currently assisting in the CIFA offices. 

“Please note that my time with CIFA is purely voluntary, as always, and that I will not be getting paid or compensated in any way,” he wrote in the memo. 

Government pulled its $130,000 annual funding to the football association last month, citing concerns about the election process for the leadership of the organization. In a separate development, CIFA’s accounts were later referred to the Anti-Corruption Commission.

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  1. Is there something wrong with Gillie and Huta? You all should voice your thoughts and let the public know now. Or is this just the usual Cayman way of saying, anyone else accept one of our own.