Ronald Jones will not be seeking to retain the presidency of the Barbados Football Association (BFA) when that organisation meets this Saturday to elect its new executive. And at least one member of the BFA has already gone public in indicating that Charles Husbands is the individual best suited to replace Jones as president.
Jones informed the BFA’s executive council last night that he would not be seeking re-election to the office which he has held for the last 14 years.
When contacted, BFA general secretary David Hinds confirmed to Barbados TODAY that Jones had indeed informed the BFA’s executive of his decision not to contest the presidency.
He revealed that Jones had given his best wishes to those who were seeking to replace him and had expressed the desire that whoever assumed the presidency did his utmost in promoting the continued development of Barbados’ football.
Today Caribbean Football Union Ethics Committee member and junior vice-president of the BFA, Hally Haynes, told Barbados TODAY he would be giving his full support to the candidature of Husbands for the presidency.
Haynes described Husbands, who is the BFA’s senior assistant secretary, as the ideal person to take over from Jones.
“He is knowledgeable, articulate, has the respect of the BFA membership, inclusive of players, officials, administrators and the like. He has the development of football at heart and has served the sport selflessly for decades. Barbados’ football would be in great hands under his presidency,” Haynes noted.
Haynes also praised Jones for the contribution which he had made to Barbados’ football. He noted Jones had served the sport “magnificently” for more than a decade. He added that after 100 years without a home to call its own, Jones had been instrumental in setting the groundwork for the acquisition of a home for the BFA at Wildey, St Michael.
He said Jones had earned the respect of fellow associations throughout the Caribbean and was highly respected by football’s governing body, FIFA. He noted this was exemplified by him being asked to serve on FIFA’s Ethics Committee.
Those others expected to seek to replace Jones are long-time football administrator Randy Harris, Weymouth Wales president Mark Armstrong and founder of Deacons Football Club, Ricky “Laker” Williams. (WG)