The other three men up for the post to be decided on November 20 when an extraordinary congress convenes in Montego Bay, Jamaica, are Jamaica’s Tony James, Antigua’s Gordon Derrick and Trinidad and Tobago’s Harold Taylor. The post became vacant after former CFU and CONCACAF president, Austin ‘Jack’ Warner, resigned from all his football positions on June 20 following his suspension by the world football governing body, stemming from bribery allegations surrounding the FIFA elections.
Burrell has been the first vice-president of the CFU for over a decade and is the only nominee who currently holds a post among the regional executive. Of the other three nominees, only Derrick is currently is a member of the CFU, being the general secretary of the Antigua Football Federation.
Burrell is expressing confidence that when the members of the 30 countries that make up the CFU meet he will be appointed president. “I have been the vice-president for way over a decade and I have gained tremendous experience over the years,” Burrell shared. “I am also in close contact with my colleagues throughout the region and I have over the years developed a very good relationship with all the members.”
He added: “Therefore, I am confident that come the 20th of November I will receive enough support to install me as the next CFU president.” Burrell, who has also expressed an interest in the job of CONCACAF president, is focusing on the CFU post at hand and filling the void left by Warner. James, who is a former president of the JFF, explained his reason for putting himself up for the post. Meantime, The offices of the Caribbean Football Union have temporarily moved to Kingston, Jamaica.