Bahamas Football Association

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Bahamas Football Association
CONCACAF
Association crest
Founded 1967
FIFA affiliation 1968
CONCACAF affiliation 1981
President Anton Sealey

The Bahamas Football Association is the official football federation in The Bahamas. It was founded in 1967 for men, women, and children to learn more about football. It affiliated with FIFA in 1968 and CONCACAF in 1981. The headquarters are in Nassau. The federation is also in charge of its football clubs and the Bahamanian national team. They control the New Providence Football League's divisions 1 & 2. They are also in charge of the Grand Bahama Football League for both men and women. The BFA is led by (President) Mr. Anton Sealey and the board of executives. The headquarters is managed by Mr. Lionel Haven (General Secretary), with the Technical Department being directed by Mr. Neider Dos Santos (Technical Director).

The BFA is seen as a flagship developing Association for FIFA.[citation needed] There are many players receiving scholarships in the USA at Division 1 universities. There are also several Bahamian soccer players playing and getting opportunities with Professional clubs in Europe. The BFA competes at all FIFA age groups and genders. The BFA Coaching & Education Scheme offers D,C,B, & A National Coaching License's and continuous seminars and clinics for the development of local coaches and administrators.

Cash-for-votes scandal whistle blowers[edit]

On 10 May 2011, Anton Sealey, the President of the Bahamas Football Association was attending an event in the run-up to the 61st FIFA Congress in Zurich, Switzerland, as such, he was unable to attended a meeting in the Hyatt Regency hotel, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad organised by Asian Football Confederation President and FIFA President candidate Mohammed bin Hammam and CONCACAF President and FIFA Vice-President Jack Warner.

Bahamas FA's Vice President, Fred Lunn, attended the meeting, there Lunn was given brown envelope with the word "Bahamas" on it, containing $40,000 USD. Believing it to be a bribe in a cash-for-votes scandal, funded by bin Hammam, Lunn reported the incident to Sealey who in turn reported it to CONCACAF General Secretary Chuck Blazer. Lunn took a photograph of the money and the envelope before returning them. He later gave journalists a digital copy of the photograph for publication.[1]

As a result FIFA suspended both Warner and bin Hammam and launched an investigation.[2]

Bahamas-based newspaper The Tribune praised Sealey and Lunn for not accepting the loan: "The attempted bribe was an insult to the whole Caribbean. Those seeking the Caribbean Football Federation's vote obviously saw its members as coming from poor island nations who would never have seen so much money as fell from the brown envelope that was offered them. Many proved to their tempters that poor they might be, but they had pride, they had integrity and although they might never see so much money again, under such tainted conditions they would never stoop so low as to pick it up. As was pointed out, $40,000 for the Caribbean's smaller islands would be the equivalent of several years' salary." [3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIFA cash bribe revealed Bahamas FA". Daily Mail. 31 May 2011. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Bin Hammam denied access to Fifa congress". BBC Sport. 1 June 2011. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "Sir Jack Hayward praises BFA as 'whistleblower'". The Tribune. 1 June 2011. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 

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