Cheney Joseph - President of GFA

Cheney Joseph – President of GFA

by Michael Bascombe

ST GEORGE’S, September 03, 2014 (GrenadaSports) – More than a dozen affiliates of the Grenada Football Association (GFA) have submitted a letter to the association requesting a council meeting to discuss a number of issues including the absence of a General Secretary.

The letter, which was addressed to the President of the GFA Cheney Joseph and delivered on Monday, was signed by 14 clubs. They needed a minimum of 12 signatories.

“We the undersigned Clubs, in our capacity as Affliliates of the Grenada Football Association, hereby request an Extra Ordinary Council Meeting in accordance with Article 31(2) of the GFA 2010 Statutes.”

The clubs want to discuss among other things “the approval by the Executive Committee of a task force to deal with Parish Football as seen on Facebook” and the absence of a General Secretary to oversee the administrative arm of the GFA for the past four months.

The clubs which signed the letter also want to know how the GFA will utilise US$750,000 from FIFA. “It is our understanding that US$250,000 has already been received. This plan should be communicated to us in the form of a written document.”

The GFA has outstanding arrears in excess of half a million dollars and the clubs also want to know the plans of the association to address the debts and the current state of accounts payable.

The affiliates also listed on the agenda which must be set by the executive committee – updates on the 2014 football season and the the FIFA-approved projects.

The GFA Statutes state that “If at least thirty percent (30%) of the members of GFA submit to the Executive Committee a requisition for an Extraordinary General Council, properly justified and in writing, the Executive Committee must convene an Extraordinary General Council, no later than twenty-one (21) days after submission of the requisition. If the meeting is not convened in this time the members of GFA who requisitioned it may themselves convene the meeting.”

It also states that notification of the meeting must be sent out at least 15 days before the meeting and the agenda and any other relevant documents must be sent out to members of the GFA at least seven days before the meeting.

“When the Extraordinary General Council is convened on the initiative of the Executive Committee, this body must set the agenda. When Extraordinary General Council is convened upon the request of members, the agenda must contain the points raised by those members.”

A copy of the letter indicated that it was received and signed by O. Crosby on September 1, 2014 but efforts to contact the GFA President for comments proved futile.

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