The entire executive of the Saint Lucia Football Association Inc.  was re-elected into office unopposed on Saturday 4th May 2019 for another four years when that sporting organisation held its 32nd Ordinary Congress and elections at the Bay Gardens Hotel. 

The Director of Caribbean Football, Horace Reid of CONCACAF was also in attendance as he graced the SLFA Inc. with his presence and witnessed the proceedings.

The Congress agenda included the 2019 Activities Report, the presentation of the Audited Statements and the Programme and Budget for 2019, in addition to the Election of Officers.

The five hour Congress was conducted in two parts, the first an Open Session to which the media was invited, during which time organisers shared details on what could be expected throughout the remainder of the event.

The Closed Session was expected to focus on the 2018 National Executive Report; Approval of the 2018 Audited Statement; Approval of the 2019 Programme of Activities; Approval of the 2019 Budget; and Appointment of Independent Auditors and Trustees.

SLFA President Lyndon Cooper; Director of Caribbean Football, Horace Reid . (PHOTO: Anthony De Beauville)

There were no objections to the National Executive Report, the Programme of Activities, the 2019 Budget or the Audited Statement as presented by the SLFA Inc.

Indeed all were approved without much deliberation.

Auditor Mario Lendor was on hand to entertain questions from affiliates, and this progressed smoothly with members showing their appreciation and satisfaction.

After that it was down to the main event – the election of an Executive to serve for the ensuing four year period.

This was supervised by two of the three members of the Saint Lucia Electoral Commission, Cuthbert St. Juste and Marva Daniel.

Following the election process, Cuthbert St. Juste confirmed the new Executive all of whom were returned to office unopposed.

President – Lyndon Cooper; 1st Vice President – Boniface Stephen Regis; 2nd Vice President – Mary Campbell; Vice President (Southern Zone) – Emmanuel Bellas; Vice President (Eastern Zone) – Kendal Emmanuel; Vice President (Western Zone) – Alvin Francis and Vice President (Northern Zone) – Charde Desir.

(L-R)) Kendall Emmanuel (Vice President Eastern Zone), Emmanuel Belasse (Vice President Southern Zone), Stephen Regis (SLFA 1st Vice President), Lyndon Cooper (SLFA President), Mary Campbell (SLFA 2nd Vice President), Alvin Francis (Vice President Western Zone) and Charde Desir (Vice President Northern Zone). (PHOTO: Anthony De Beauville)

The re-elected President following the election process expressed his gratitude to the eighteen member leagues that were present and pledged his Executive’s continued dedication and support to develop the beautiful game of football.

Cooper also went on to praise FIFA, the CFU and CONCACAF for their continued support and partnership in the last four years. He also pledged to continue the existing partnerships.

The SLFA President and his team received some much deserved praise when Director of Caribbean Football, Horace Reid, lauded the work and efforts of the SLFA Inc. under the stewardship of President Lyndon Cooper. He noted in particular the strides made towards the continuous development of the sport in Saint Lucia.

Reid applauding their ambitious programme while sounding a word of caution was nevertheless confident that their goals would be realised.

(L-R) Women from President to Secretary also represented their football leagues at the 32nd Congress. (PHOTO: Anthony De Beauville)

After congratulating the incoming Executive Reid reminded everyone that President Cooper was very knowledgeable in football matters, and that his plans for its further growth and development were highly commendable.

In closing he said, “Yes! President Cooper is highly respected not only in the CONCACAF region but within the FIFA family.”

Anthony De Beauville is The VOICE Publishing Company’s multi-award winning sports journalist. He works closely with a number of sports federations including the Department of Youth Development and Sports, the Saint Lucia Olympic Committee and other organizations.

He covers and contributes articles highlighting the areas of international, regional, national, community based clubs and schools sporting activities. There is never an off day as he stays busy... Read full bio...

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