Acting Cayman Islands Football Association President Bruce Blake says CIFA is in a “dire” financial situation compared to years past. He does not, however, believe a lack of funding will force CIFA to close or have to scale back programmes.
CIFA right now is without the funding it usually receives from CONCACAF, the Sports Ministry and, in large part, FIFA.
Blake says even without that money coming in, he anticipates local football will continue to maintain the same level of programmes it currently offers.
“We’re making it work,” he said. “We do have one or two revenue sources. We do still have sponsorship from various entities and also myself contributing funds from a personal standpoint. We’re getting through and we’re making it work.”
Many of the funding cuts are related to the prosecution of former CONCACAF and CIFA President Jeffrey Webb and former CIFA Treasurer Canover Watson. Both have been found guilty on several charges of fraud — Webb technically pleaded guilty to fraud-related charges in the US.
“FIFA has said to us they’re committed to helping us get through this whole situation,” Blake said. “So I don’t think it’s going to come down to us having to close our doors.”