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Oct 13, 2017

Daniel Fabro and Frank Sharp Hope to Be Difference in F.F.B.

On Thursday, Daniel Fabro and Frank Sharp were formally introduced as candidates in the upcoming race for the president and vice president of the Football Federation of Belize.  Both men have decided to throw their hats in the ring to challenge the leadership of the organization.  The direction of F.F.B. remains under question since a deadlock in 2016 which gave rise to the interim presidency of Marlon Kuylen.  During last year’s election, presidential candidates Ruperto Vicente and Sergio Chuc were both unable to break a stalemate and the F.F.B. has been in a state of turmoil since.  Tonight, we take a closer look at Fabro and Sharp’s candidacies and what they would bring to football should they be elected in December.  News Five’s Isani Cayetano reports.


Isani Cayetano, Reporting

The introduction of Daniel Fabro and Frank Sharp, as future president and vice president of the Football Federation of Belize, is a breath of fresh air for members of the soccer community, if only in theory.  Both men are quite active in the sport.  Their résumé indicate involvement in various capacities, including team ownership and on-field experience, respectively.


Daniel Fabro

Daniel Fabro, Presidential Candidate, F.F.B.

“I am running because I believe that today I offer the best option for the F.F.B. to live up to their mandate and so enable our footballers, especially and particularly our youth footballers who love the beautiful game, to live up to their fullest potential and to excel at home and abroad.  You could say that our beautiful game has gone from grace to grass to even…  Well just to think that a mere fifty or so years ago, Belize could more than hold its own against the likes of Jamaica and others in this region.  It was not long ago [that] we could rally our powerful neighbors such as Mexico evenly, without fair or favor.  As a matter of fact, it was just recently that Belize was the second weakest in Central America, behind Nicaragua.  We are not even there anymore.”


It’s a fairly spot-on assessment of the present state of affairs in local football.  With the administration of the F.F.B. perpetually mired in political controversy, it is rather difficult for young athletes to excel in the sport, given the constant infighting.  If given the opportunity, Fabro and his running mate say that they intend to unify the federation in the name of football development in Belize.


Frank Sharp

Frank Sharp, Vice Presidential Candidate, F.F.B.

“I intend to do my utmost best to see our football family reconnected through the rebuilding of trust and confidence among all the members of the F.F.B. at all levels and in all spheres, including government, the private sector and FIFA.  Youth football development must be countrywide and must be done for our boys and girls.  Football must be a part of our primary school curriculum and we must expand and enhance the Mundialito model.  It is long past time that we restart first division inter-district football and ensure that it is a national tournament.  We can achieve these objectives in two years and in so doing, rebuild the base, the foundation we need to have to assure our nation that the beautiful game properly represents the best of Belize to the world and beyond.”


To do so, the duo must emerge victorious at the next ordinary congress of the F.F.B. in December.  Once successful in their bid, the winners must also prepare to work with an executive that, for all intents and purposes, appears to be fractured.


Daniel Fabro

“What we bring is something that has been lacking in the leadership of football in Belize and that’s integrity, to start with, and credibility and that is what we’re hoping to maybe convince the delegates to give us a chance, because at the end of the day, the public can feel strongly about wanting change and needing change and needing new leadership and needing new face, but it boils down to twenty delegates who will decide who wins.  And these are the people the public needs to become familiar with and express what they want because really, the sport belongs to the public, it has been hijacked for years now from the public.”


That being the state of play, Fabro and Sharp are doing their utmost to convince the community that they are a better choice to change the existing sets of circumstances in football.


Frank Sharp

“If the football family is happy with the state of football today, we’re not the best option.  If they are looking for a new direction, a new vision, I think we present a new, fresh vision and our motto is always going to be what’s in the best interest of football.  And if the answer is that way then our decision will always be guided, what’s going to be best for football.  And if we’re making those decisions, I think that we will be very successful.  There’s a lot of low-hanging fruit, I think, that we can go after right away to fix very easily, but we can’t do it from here, we have to be inside.  And so if the football family wants something different then we are that option.”


The two-man tandem is also endorsed by a number of recognized names in local and regional football.  One such supporter is Deon McCauley.


Deon McCauley

“Hey Belize, this is Deon McCauley, Belize’s all-time tops scorer in international play.  I currently play my football in Atlanta, Georgia with the Atlanta Silverbacks.  Today I’m making this video because I want to support Mr. Daniel Fabro in his quest to be the next president of the F.F.B.   I believe that this man has a genuine heart.  He cares about the game, he cares about the development of the game in our country.  He doesn’t care about the money or all of that other stuff, he wants to see good in the game and I believe that with his leadership we can get far and we can achieve great things in the future.  So Belize, the future is bright with Mr. Daniel Fabro.”


Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

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