NEW YORK – The Caribbean Football Union Normalization Committee appointed Damien Hughes as acting general secretary of the organization on Friday, filling the position left vacant when Angenie Kanhai resigned effective December 20.
The 34-year-old Hughes, who graduated from Moorehouse College in Atlanta and has a Master’s degree from York University in Toronto, has been the general secretary of the Anguilla Football Association for the past 10 years.
The announcement by Cayman Islands Football Association President Jeffrey Webb, chairman of the normalization committee, of Hughes’ appointment came following a conference call of the nine-man panel Friday.
The committee was selected in December by the 30 presidents of the Caribbean federations as the first step to rebuilding the CFU following the tumultuous past year.
The CFU has been without a president since Jack Warner resigned June 20 amid ethics allegations surrounding the FIFA presidential candidacy of Mohamed Bin Hamman, ending his 20-year tenure. The allegations, which also led to sanctions against several members of the CFU, prompted December’s gathering at FIFA’s urging to develop a plan to restructure.
Hughes will “serve as the chief administrator of the Union during the normalisation (sic) period, maintain the communication lines between the CFU and it members, and to prepare the Union for its Ordinary Congress slated for May 2012,” Webb wrote to the CFU members in a letter.
“As you will imagine, the success of Mr. Hughes’ tenure will be dependent upon our ability to partner with him as he seeks to assist us in return the Union to some level of administrative normality.”
Hughes’ appointment will not last 30 days past the congress, Webb wrote.