Candidates protest FA’s election delay

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Candidates for the Antigua & Barbuda Football Association (ABFA) election have reacted to news that the anticipated vote had been suspended from its original date of May 13.

President of the ABFA, Everton Gonsalves, announced on Wednesday that owing to a clash with FIFA’s congress also slated for May 13 in Bahrain, he was forced to postpone the local congress by one week.

One candidate for the top spot and President of the Tryum FC, Keithroy Black, challenged Gonsalves to produce documentation supporting claims he was specifically invited to attend the FIFA congress.

“I am challenging the president to show us the paper work in terms of the invitation [to the FIFA congress] and I can guarantee you that there is no such [invitation]. He knew a year ago that the date of congress for FIFA is whatever day it is and all of a sudden now, there is a clash of dates. He is saying that the set date for our [ABFA] election is the 13th [May] but the election could have been a week earlier,” he said. 

Another president hopeful, Joel Rayne, said the latest development is in line with the manner in which the sport has been run over the last decade.

More in today’s Daily Observer.

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