Horace Burrell

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Horace Burrell
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Burrell at a Press Conference in 2012
President of Jamaica Football Federation
Preceded by Crenston nicole Boxhill
Personal details
Born Horace Garfield Burrell
(1950-02-08) February 8, 1950 (age 67)
Nationality Jamaican
Spouse(s) Lourea Simpson (Divorced)
Relations Orville Richard Burrell (cousin), Portia Simpson-Miller (cousin)
Children Tiffany Burrell
Romario Burrell
Tahj Burrell (deceased)
Residence Kingston, Jamaica
Alma mater Clarendon College
St Elizabeth Technical High School
Occupation Businessman, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist.

Horace G. Burrell JP OM (born 8 February 1950), also known as Captain Burrell, is the president of the Jamaica Football Federation, and a Vice-President of CONCACAF. He is also the founder of the Jamaican restaurant chain The Captain's Bakery and Grill and Captain's Aviation Services which he founded in 1995 and 2008 respectively.

Early life[edit]

The son of a tobacco grower in Clarendon Parish, he later became a Captain with the Jamaica Defence Force. He undertook basic officer training with the Canadian Armed Forces at Chilliwack, British Columbia and later New Brunswick. He would later be supervised by Colonel Ken Barnes, the father of English international footballer John Barnes. Burrell described Barnes as "a great military leader". It was Barnes who charged Burrell with looking after the JDF football team after Burrell shown Barnes a local newspaper headline "Boy's Town drill soldiers". Burrell took the JDF team to Trinidad where he first met Jack Warner, who was impressed with Burrell and kept in touch, offering him an executive position at the Caribbean Football Union.

Following a spell at the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA), he put forward his name to become President of the Jamaica Football Federation in 1994.

1998 World Cup campaign[edit]

After being elected to office in 1994, Burrell was instrumental in leading the Reggae Boyz to the 1998 World Cup in France, making Jamaica the first English-speaking Caribbean country to qualify for the FIFA World Cup.

Personal life[edit]

Burrell has three children, one of whom is deceased. On 14 October 2011, the FIFA Ethics Committee, provisionally suspended Horace Burrell for a period of six months because of suspicion of involvement in the Caribbean Football Union corruption scandal, but was deemed to be not involved upon further investigation.[1]