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JAMAICA LOSES AN ICON AND A VISIONARY

JAMAICA LOSES AN ICON AND A VISIONARY

Kingston, Jamaica, June 6, 2017: Today our nation has lost an iconic and visionary leader with the passing of JFF President, Captain Horace Burrell, CD, JP. Without a doubt, Captain Burrell has been more deserving of the credit he received for the planning and implementation of the programme, which led to Jamaica’s successful 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign, and the branding of the national team as the Reggae Boyz.

It is with deep sadness that I express, on behalf of the People’s National Party, our sincere condolences to his family and friends; and to the JFF on this untimely loss of a Jamaican giant.

Captain Burrell has served as an executive of many important footballing bodies, including: the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA); the Caribbean Football Union (CFU); CONCACAF (FIFA’s governing body for the Caribbean, North and Central American region) and has served on FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee; and FIFA’s committee organising Olympic Soccer Tournaments.

Captain Burrell became a beloved global figure having audiences with global leaders, including HRM Queen Elizabeth II and the late iconic former South African President, Nelson Mandela.

His charismatic and decisive leadership has led to the creation of a Jamaica Football Federation, which is among the most organised sporting bodies in the region. In years to come, he will probably be cited as the father of modern football administration in Jamaica. Captain Burrell died after a long illness, but his memory will live on as a hallmark of Jamaica’s sporting legacy.