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Football: CIFA aims high in 2019 with FIFA funding ‘around the corner’

After a ringing endorsement from CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani, Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) President Alfredo Whittaker wants to put his long awaited plans for football development in Cayman into action.

“This year, it’s less talking and more action,” said Whittaker. “We were missing a few committees that was demanded by FIFA. Now, we have our Ethics Committee, Compliance Committee, and Finance Committee, that was key for us. As well, we have a Women’s Committee, and also the Youth Committee.”

When will CIFA see actually money to invest in football? Whittaker says it’s only a matter of time.

“I can tell you without hesitation, it’s right around the corner,” said  Whittaker.  “We had completed all of the requirements that were missing. We had a couple of visits from FIFA, and they were quite impressed with what had be done, and what we had in place. So that should be done shortly.”

Based on the FIFA Forward Football Development Programme, CIFA qualifies for US $6 million over a four-year period. Whittaker wants to put the new funding to good use.

“We could turn around the head office,” said Whittaker. “We could build another field, put lights at CIFA Field. We could assist the clubs even more for them to become more successful. The key of it is development.”

Whittaker says he has one area of concern at the top of his list.

“Women’s football is one of my biggest goals,” said Whittaker. “Get the women’s back, and active. Get more females out,  more young females, get little girls out playing. That’s a big project we have. The structure is already done, so it’s time to implement that too.”

An ambitious year ahead for Cayman’s governing football body.

About the author

Jordan Armenise

Jordan Armenise

Jordan Armenise began his sports broadcasting journey with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League (CFL). It was in this role where he was able to craft the immersive and enthusiastic approach to reporting, broadcasting and production you see here today in Cayman's sports community.

Jordan has also worked behind the scenes for a number of Canadian broadcasting & production companies such as CBC Sports, Cineflix Productions and Cream Productions.

Did he mention he was St. Clare of Assisi's 1994 Athlete of the Year?

Now dubbed 'The Sports Guy', Jordan relishes the role as Cayman 27 Sports Producer, where he can tell the stories of Cayman’s athletes. You can reach Jordan at 333.6521 or jordanarmenise@hurleysmedia.ky.

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