‘Ready to take GFA forward’Former FIFA Referee Otis James has been elected President of the Georgetown Football Association (GFA) following the hosting of an Extraordinary General Meeting held yesterday morning at the Pegasus Hotel.Sunday’s successful meeting was necessary as a result of the continued lack of activity and non-functional Executive Committee in the GFA over the past three years.This lack of activity prompted the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) to intervene as the parent body for the sport in Guyana to ensure that the administrative arm of the game in the city became functional again.A GFF appointed IMC came into being in July of 2018 in accordance with the guidelines and provisions of Article 2 [d] and [e], Article 13 [a] of the GFF Constitution and Article 82, in addition to Article 8 (2) of the FIFA Statutes.Following the work of the Trevor Williams-led IMC, which was even granted an extension, the GFA Clubs, in a letter dated 8th October, 2019, in accordance with Article 31 (2) of the Constitution of the (GFA), requested an Extraordinary General Meeting of the GFA and this was set for Saturday, November 2, 2019.Members present at yesterday’s Extraordinary General Meeting were Georgetown Football Club, Beacon Football Club, Northern Rangers Football Club, Camptown Football Club, Black Pearl Club, Eastveldt United Football Club, Pele Football Club, GT Panthers Football Club, Riddim Squad Football Club, Wolves United Football Club and Order and Discipline Football Club.GT Panthers FC (new club) and Order and Discipline FC (list of delegates submitted after the legal deadline had expired) were not able to vote.Conducting yesterday’s election was the Guyana Football Federation Electoral Committee’s Chairman, Charles Corbin and Rev. Raphael Jackman. Prior to the Electoral Committee taking over proceedings, the Extraordinary General Meeting was chaired by GFF Third Vice president, Thandi McAllister.James, in his first speech as president, expressed thanks to the GFF and everyone who had worked hard towards ensuring that the Extraordinary Meeting came off which now sets the pathway for the association to get back to a state of normalcy after being dormant for about three years.“This is the time, it is now or never.Within the next three months we will see the work that the new GFA has to offer, so let us all put our heads together and work together for one cause, football.Many times we have football and a lot of people look around and say that that should be done and this should be done; gentlemen and ladies, it is time for us stop trying to be whatever we want to be and do the right things we are supposed to do.It is time for us to put all our differences aside and work together as a team and let football be the winner.”The full executive: Otis James – President, Akram Sabree – Vice President, Clifton Adams – Vice President, Dirk Exeter – Vice President, Fizal Khan – Secretary, Lomel Johnson – Treasurer and Penny John – Assistant/Secretary Treasurer.
Women’s World Cup 2019: Canada’s Christine Sinclair makes history, but Netherlands finishes atop Group E
Women’s World Cup 2019: Updated group stage results and standings Jordyn Huitema then fired home through Sari van Veenendaal’s legs after running on to a Sophie Schmidt pass, but her strike was ruled out for offside.Netherlands had been second best throughout the first half but they took the lead in the 54th minute.Sherida Spitse delivered a free-kick from wide on the left wing and Dekker got in front of Kadeisha Buchanan to nod home a deft header.5 – Canada’s Christine Sinclair becomes only the second player to score at five Women’s World Cup tournaments (2003, 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019), along with Brazil’s Marta. Legend. #FIFAWWC #NEDCAN pic.twitter.com/EDcbcSTfMx— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2019Within six minutes Huitema combined with Ashley Lawrence to set up Sinclair for a close-range finish that sent her into the history books behind Brazil great Marta.Netherlands claimed the points and top spot, however, as Van Lunteren raided down the right wing and delivered the perfect cross for Beerensteyn to convert the winner. Kenneth Heiner-Moller’s Canada hit back with an equalizer scored by captain Sinclair, but Beerensteyn arrived at the back post to score a 75th-minute winner for Netherlands.Canada was awarded a penalty in the second minute when Desiree van Lunteren clipped Janine Beckie’s heels, but, after consulting VAR, referee Stephanie Frappart decided the contact was outside the box and gave a free-kick instead. Related News Women’s World Cup 2019: Scotland ‘devastated’ by late collapse, Shelley Kerr says Christine Sinclair scored at her fifth Women’s World Cup but Canada finished second behind Netherlands in Group E after Lineth Beerensteyn scored the decisive goal in a 2-1 win for the Oranje.Netherlands’ Anouk Dekker rose highest in the box to score the opener in Thursday’s clash between two teams who had already qualified, with her side set to face 2015 runners-up Japan next thanks to their victory in Reims. Key Opta Facts:- Netherlands has won Group E with a 100% record from their three games and have not trailed for a single minute in any of their matches so far.- Canada striker Christine Sinclair became only the second player to score at five Women’s World Cup tournaments (2003, 2007, 2011, 2015, 2019), along with Brazil’s Marta, who achieved the feat last Thursday.- Lineth Beerensteyn’s winning goal for Netherlands came just five minutes and 31 seconds after her introduction as a substitute – the second fastest sub goal at this year’s World Cup, behind only Jamaica’s Havana Solaun (3 minutes 55 seconds vs Australia).- Canada suffered its first group stage defeat at the Women’s World Cup since losing 0-1 to Nigeria in 2011, ending a run of five unbeaten games at this stage (W3 D2 L0).