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Jun 18, 2020

P.L.B. and F.F.B. Candidates Come Forward with Football Concerns

Clifford King

The Premier League of Belize is holding elections for a new executive committee this Saturday in Belize City and, much like any other form of electoral politics; allegations are being made of poor leadership in semi-pro football.  This afternoon, several nominees and aspirants from the P.L.B. and Football Federation of Belize hosted a virtual press conference during which the candidates introduced themselves and raised a number of concerns regarding the administration of the sport.  Clifford King is the presidential candidate for P.L.B., while Dean Flowers is running for vice president of the F.F.B.

 

Clifford King, President Nominee, P.L.B.

“I have been in the forefront of trying to engage the football community in a progressive, developmental type of mode and unfortunately we are still stuck in a lot of the old ways that are not conducive and contributory to the way this sport should really serve us as a socioeconomic good to help build our Belizean society and by extension our Belizean communities and young people.  And so, I am offering myself as a candidate to really bring back to semi-professional football and football on a whole a lot of the things that we truly desire.”

 

Dean Flowers

Dean Flowers, Vice President Nominee, F.F.B.

“The F.F.B. does not have a revenue stream.  We have a small stream that comes from media rights and that’s about it, everything is funded by FIFA and CONCACAF so there is absolutely no collapse in revenue stream.  We’ve received almost two point five million dollars which includes money to carry us through to the end of December.  So please do not be led to believe that the F.F.B. under this current executive has generated any new revenue stream for football and for the federation.  We had asked about the possible misallocation and we questioned, we asked was it four hundred thousand Belize dollars or was it four hundred thousand U.S. dollars?  We asked whether or not the money had been misallocated because we know for a fact the money was earmarked for a specific purpose so please, I just wanted to clarify that we did not accuse anyone of misappropriating any funds but what we were questioning was where did the money go?”


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