ST JOHN’S, Antigua – World governing body for football, FIFA, has ordered fresh elections to choose a new executive to run the affairs of the Antigua & Barbuda Football Association (ABFA).
This is according to sources close to the ongoing saga – who said the parties involved are in receipt of an official communiqué from FIFA informing them of the decision.
When contacted for clarification late last night, President of the ABFA, Everton “Batow” Gonsalves, said he was not in receipt of any such letter and would have to seek confirmation via consultation with the FA’s secretariat.
Efforts to reach General Secretary of the ABFA, Gordon “Banks” Derrick, proved futile.
The decision comes just two weeks following a visit to Antigua by FIFA and CONCACAF officials during which they gathered information as to what transpired during the ABFA’s controversial December 8, 2012, Annual General Meeting that resulted in Gonsalves retaining the presidency of the organisation.
Gonsalves was controversially elected unopposed after challenger, Veron “Epilus” Edwards, was ruled out following a vote designed to determine his eligibility to contest for the ABFA’s presidency.
Edwards’ eligibility was called into question after he reportedly failed to submit some required documents ahead of deadlines set by the ABFA.
The former Empire and national player failed to get the required 75 per cent of the votes that would have made him eligible to contest for the post, leaving Gonsalves as the lone presidential candidate in the December elections.
Edwards and his supporters had questioned the validity of the election and wrote to regional governing body, CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) for redress.
Some details are still sketchy, but sources indicate that a timeline has also been attached by FIFA as to when fresh elections should be held to choose a new executive to administrate the affairs of the ABFA for the next four-year term.