After that humiliating 10-0 the Vincy Heat Male Senior Team suffered against Haiti, unfortunately, St. Vincent and the Grenadines football is being governed by an administration who has failed dismally at executing the most basic functions of its job.
It is well documented that, on multiple occasions, the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Football Federation (SVGFF) led by President Carl Dickson has dropped the ball on basic administrative duties, including making Visa travel arrangements for players etc if you can remember what happen when some players was denied visas etc.
Frankly speaking, the SVGFF is renowned for mediocrity, anyone who closely follows the sport in St. Vincent will attest to the fact that our football has been in a state of stagnation, and urgent intervention is needed to stem this embarrassing tide and bring back some semblance of order and leadership to the governance of the sport.
Since assuming the reins in 2020, following the departure of Mr. Coombs and Mr. Frazer, the current SVGFF administration has not covered themselves in glory, and their lack of vision is a major contributing factor to the embarrassing state of affairs of the nation’s football.
The lack of resources, especially funding, has hindered St. Vincent and the Grenadines football for eons. However, this has become more obvious since Mr. Carl Dickson led administration took office, alleged whom it was reported, spent almost $300,000 of ec dollars on retreats, ninety percent (90%) of that monies spent on food and drinks could have been pumped into Grassroot football again.
Nevertheless, with the current administration failing to earn the confidence of corporate St. Vincent, sponsorship for the national Programme has dried and the SVGFF is forced to depend on money from FIFA.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines football is in danger of looking towards the past as a golden age of football. It does not have to be the case. Nevertheless, to access any portion of this imagined brighter future, it will be necessary to attain previously unachieved levels of organization.
Because without functioning systems that are supposed to be implemented by the SVGFF, the popularity and talent of our players at the grassroots level will be wasted, leaving SVG under-prepared for football at the highest level and perpetually attempting to catch up to nations with better pitches and better coaches. This would be nothing less than an entirely preventable tragedy, repeated enough times to begin to border on farce.
BY: Dominique Stowe | Sports Administrator