New challenges for football

Football requires funding devoted to preparation of teams and participation in competitions of an order not usually seen in this country.

The Challenge Is On

The French football federation was in debt of more than $30m following its preparation for the 1990 FIFA World Cup. That is just about the norm for the developed nations. The expenses for Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago when they earned their respective places in the World Cup speak for themselves. Without extensive Government support financially they would not have been able to look the part.

Talk remains a relatively cheap commodity. In the world of football it gets us nowhere.

If the Government is truly committed to helping football it has to begin to put its money where its mouth is or shut up altogether.

However the Government seeks to help football there must not be the kind of imbalances already seen in respect of its contribution to cricket. A perpetuation of the clear bias towards a particular sport will earn the ire of the others that are achieving higher levels of success on an annual basis and whose athletes place this country firmly in the international spotlight.

Good sense would suggest a mature, principled approach to the development of football in the state. There is also an urgent need for the politics to be relegated to the dungheap and for the genuine lovers of the game to emerge as its primary protagonists.

The SVG Football Federation must begin to plan for genuine development and allow its work to speak for itself.