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May 3, 2016

Marlon Kuylen, the New Acting President of the F.F.B.

Marlon Kuylen

The Football Federation of Belize met on Saturday in Belize City where anticipated elections for five senior posts within the national sporting organization were being held at the Princess Hotel and Casino.  Vying for president were bitter rivals, Ruperto Vicente and Sergio Chuc, who had been elected on the same slate a few years ago.  Going into Saturday’s election, Vicente and Chuc had been actively campaigning among delegates across the country.  There are twenty delegates who participated in the voting process and after several rounds neither of the two could have broken the deadlock at ten votes each.  The stalemate continued for over twelve hours, prompting UNCAF and CONCACAF officials to refer to FIFA for further instructions on how to break the impasse.  In the end, First Vice President Marlon Kuylen, who had been elected hours earlier, was subsequently appointed as interim president for a period of one year, which means that both Vicente and Chuc have been sidelined for a year.  That’s when it is expected that the F.F.B. will hold another congress to elect the leadership of the organization.  News Five spoke with Kuylen earlier today and he described the process going forward.

 

Marlon Kuylen, Acting President, F.F.B.

“We had elections for five positions in the Football Federation of Belize Executive. After the first round, I was the only one that was elected to Senior Vice President. In the second round, two members from the opposing slate came in as executive members, but the position for president and second vice president were tied in those two rounds. We went nineteen more rounds—twenty-one rounds in all—and twelve hours later, there was still a stalemate. And so the two representatives—one from UNCAF and one from CONCACAF—realizing that there wasn’t going to be a winner, we couldn’t stay there all night, consulted with FIFA and they were of the opinion that since this was the scenario, then I as the senior Vice President should take over the position as acting President of the Federation. And because we had three of five elected positions, we should be a functional executive. Therefore, and when they told me that, it was a shock. I wasn’t mentally prepared for it and so I asked the representatives to explain to the congress that we’ll have one more round and if we are still at a stalemate, then I will take over. And so they did so and sure enough after the twenty-second round, we had no winners so therefore I am where I am today.”

 

Mike Rudon

“Effectively, you are the president of the F.F.B. what happens now? I want to ask you in terms of your relationship with Mister Vicente because it has been a testy one in the past.”

 

Marlon Kuylen

“Well he handed over to me this morning; it was a friendly. There was no animosity. Like I’ve told him and everybody else, it is nothing personal; it’s not a personal thing that I have against him or anybody else in the federation. We just couldn’t work together. And it was a cordial handover. We spoke about different things; his plans for the future and I am happy to report that I am proud of him that four years ago when we went into office, we found eight hundred dollars and a whole pile of bills. Today, we have a hundred thousand dollars in the account so that’s a plus for us.”

 

Mike Rudon

“What are you priorities going into this? It’s only for one year, but there is a lot that needs to be done; football in Belize is a challenging proposition.”

 

Marlon Kuylen

“Today, my whole team met. And when I say my whole team, I mean my three members. Firstly we sat down and I told them my position. Listen elections have come and gone; things happen, election has its own drama. There are no two slates anymore, we are one team now. We have to have a level of trust, we have to communicate a lot, we have to make decisions in conjunction with each other; we are not working in silos. And today was mostly a familiarization and assessment. So we spoke to the staff, to the management team and basically we assured them that we are not there to disrupt whatever they have in place already; it is more to assess the situation and plan a way forward in how to improve the running of the federation.”

 

Viewers would recall that Kuylen, along with Cruz Gamez and Sergio Chuc, was part of a trifecta which attempted to oust President Ruperto Vicente by suspending him several weeks ago.  That attempt was unsuccessful.

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