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Feb 19, 2016

Ruperto Vicente Says Disgruntled F.F.B. Executives are Free to Step Down

Ruperto Vicente

While F.F.B. President Ruperto Vicente is preparing to run against members of his existing administration, the trio of executives opposing his presidency maintains that it is the final opportunity to have him deposed from his office.  Vicente is telling them in no uncertain terms to relinquish their posts if they are unhappy with the way the federation is being managed.  Kuylen, on the other hand, says that he would be prepared to walk away from football were it not for his reputation.

 

Isani Cayetano

“This does not bode well for the relationships within the executive body of football in Belize.  At the end of the day there is a rift between yourself as president and the executive members.  If you are to beat them again in the upcoming elections, then do you mend fences?  Where do you go?  You’ll still have to deal with these individuals.”

 

Ruperto Vicente, President, F.F.B.

“It will be a different slate.  They will not be running with my slate, they would be running on their own slate.  They will not be running on my slate so I’ll have a different slate and as well, we need to understand that if these men are unhappy with the way we are running the federation, man instead of coming in and trying to suspend the president, resign!  Go your way, you know, and do the honorable thing.  If your reputation is at stake then embarrass me then.  You resign!  Go your way and leave me there to suffer with the federation and we can bring in other people to assist with the work, as we are doing now.”

 

Marlon Kuylen

Isani Cayetano

“This can be seen as sort of a power play on the part of what I would describe as the defectors.  It has been described as such elsewhere that all of this is ahead of the upcoming elections for the coveted seat of presidency over F.F.B.  Can you speak to that?”

 

Marlon Kuylen, Executive Member, F.F.B.

“Unfortunately, this is what it looks like.  I can deny vehemently that that is not the case.  We are all willing to walk away from football today but Isani, this was our last opportunity to make a stance.  I, like I told you before, I and also my partners are tired of our names being dragged in the mud because when they mention the F.F.B. doing this and the F.F.B. doing that, it’s all of us and this is the last opportunity that we have.”

 

The election for president and other executives is set for mid-March.

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