Haitian Football Federation Opens New 2012 Season
- Saturday, March 24, 2012 7:59 AM
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - At the launch of the national championship, President Yves Jean-Bart of the Federation of Haitian Football Federation (FHF), informed that the federation would celebrate on April 2nd its 108 years of existence through the organization of the 2012 National Championship season consisting of 12.
The company BONGOL supreme and football in Haiti, the Haitian Football Federation (FHF) initialed Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at Le Plaza a partnership agreement valid for a period of one year to meet the needs of the twelve teams playing in the National Championship 2012 edition, reported by Le Nouvelliste.
There were eight representatives of BONGOL present, Larry ElvÃ©us, President, Frederick Aupont, consultant, Vladimyr Jean-Baptiste, head of business and Jean-Pierre River ( PR ) and the Haitian Football Federation, Yves Jean-Bart, president, Carlo Marcelin, general secretary, Gary Nicolas, Vice President and Monique Andre, a member who attended the press conference to announce that the two bodies have agreed in writing to help teams from D1 to better prepare the new season.
Over the weekend, at another press conference, Haitian football clubs announced that club leaders will attend this year two seminars held in conjunction with the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA).
"This is the first time in our history we have a chance to hone the knowledge of our leaders. After the seminars, they can upgrade their clubs," said Dr. Jean-Bart at a press conference attended by Le Matin.
In February, the 90 million HTG ($2.2 million [US]) was disbursed for the realization of the carnival. The President of the FHF has commented on this fact by stating that "for Carnival, the state disbursed millions, but it gives nothing about football, which is a healthy activity. Throughout the world, the state subsidizes football teams, but in Haiti it is not the case," lamented Jean-Bart.
President Martelly visited last Monday, March 12 officials of the Corps of Intervention and Enforcement (CIMO). And while an officer of 19 years showed his desire to play in a football club from first division to be part of the national selection, President Martelly discouraged by denigrating the national football.
Reacting to Martelly, President Jean-Bart said that the head of state is up to date on the impact of the elimination of Haiti in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.
"I understand the President. He does not digest until now the elimination of grenadiers. He is avid in football..." Jean-Bart was later added that if the Haitian government had granted to the Federation means to prepare the selection this humiliation would have been avoided.
"How can we get our qualification when we meet our players two days before a meeting. They speak different languages. We have debts to pay. We have a debt to the hotel where our players were housed. Is it possible to get results without the financial support of the state? Our women selections have been neglected by the state. They participated in various international competitions with the support of our friends."
The President of the FHF said the senior national selection will be in Boston on April 18th to play two friendly matches. Proceeds will be donated to an international organization to complete construction of the University Hospital by Partners in Health/ZL-MSPP Mirebalais, in the Central Plateau.
"In 2011 we participated in the start of construction of the largest hospital in the country. It is a pleasure for us to repeat this contribution. Despite our limited economic means, we will do our best to be present," said Jean-Bart.
The secretary general of the FHF, Carlos Marcelin confirmed this information and added that the selection will consist only of local players.
Responding to a question concerning the refusal of leaders to sell their local players for the trip, Yves Jean-Bart replied that all licensees of the FHF have a duty to play in the selection when the Federation appeals to them. In addition, Carlos Marcelin presented the agenda of representative men.
From July 1 to 16, Haiti will host the first qualifying phase of less than seventeen years.
On July 20, less than twenty years will be in Puerto Rico to defend the national colors during the World Cup qualifiers in their class.
August 25, seniors will go to the Bahamas to participate in the first round of qualifying for the Nations Cup along with the host country, the Cayman Islands and Bermuda.
In May, two friendly matches are scheduled against Guatemala and Peru.
In June, the national selection meet in a friendly Guadeloupe and Cuba.
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