THIS year, the Cebu Football Association will cease to exist and that will be great for football in the Visayas. After essentially endorsing him for another four-year term in the CFA, or its new reincarnation, current president Ricky Dakay gave some updates about the changes in the football community.
Early last year, the Philippine Football Federation told the provincial football associations (PFAs) that there was going to be major changes in the set-up of the PFAs, especially the composition of the board, members, and even territory. Last I heard, there were more than 30 members and associate members in the PFF, a number they want reduced.
This change, by the way, is in line with the changes with the Asian Football Confederation and Fifa.
So they sent out templates for the new statues of the FAs and among the changes in that is that the board of directors will no longer be the eight who get the top votes in the election, but will come from the different members of the community; coaches, referees, women’s football, organizers and etc.
And oh, from CFA, the new group that covers Cebu will now be called the Central Visayas Regional Football Association (CVRFA), so the new members of the BOD might not even come from Cebu.
“The draft statutes of the CVRFA was submitted to the PFF last November for their approval. Once the draft statutes will be approved, then we will hold a general assemly to incldue representatives from the other stakeholders and representatives from the other provinces,” Ricky told me late last year before leaving for their family’s annual vacation.
So yes, it won’t be just Cebu, but everyone in Central Visayas, including the oft-ignored Lapu-Lapu City and Mandaue City.
I know folks in the community have been clamoring for a general assembly, and it’s understandable. It’s been more than four years since the previous election and some can’t wait to make their choices or even launch their own bids.
But first thing first. Let’s knock on the PFF’s door to have the draft statutes approved so it can be presented to the Central Visayas football community for approval.
“After the statutes will be ratified, we proceed to the SEC for the registry of the new regional football association. CFA will then cease to exist,” he said.
Yep, bye-bye CFA. And this means, whoever takes charge in the new regional football association must be the right persons, guys who don’t have their clubs interests as an agenda, or even that of their city’s or province. It’s now a regional group, the new officers must take charge not only for the Cebuanos but also for the Boholanos or guys from Siquijor and other provinces of Region 7.
So, yep, this year’s election would be crucial. We need the right leaders to get this new association going and not let it implode. Just imagine how counter-productive the infighting was in previous administrations? Just imagine if we return to that this year and we will have Cebu vs. Bohol, or Bohol vs. Siquijor factions in the new group, football in Central Visayas will simply cease to exist.
Make the right move. As for Ricky’s plans post 2016.
He simply said,”I do not wish to perpetuate muself in power but I thank the footbal lcommunity for their trust, confidence and support.”