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uring a visit to Zurich this month to attend a FIFA Committee Meeting,
President of the Grenada Football Association, Cheney Joseph, met with
FIFA President, Joseph S. Blatter.
President Joseph provided status updates on the various Goal projects and
special projects being undertaken on the island. He also spoke about football
activities planned this year for Grassroots, Youth Football, and Women’s Football.
Blatter encouraged Grenada to continue to work hard and praised the Association
on its Newsletter and work being done in youth and Women’s Football. He
also assured that Youth Football would be supported in its development.
“FIFA’s first objective in its Statutes is towards development and therefore
Grenada can expect to benefit from future development initiatives undertaken
FIFA President Praises the
Grenada Football Association
Issue 14 - February 2015
In This Issue
FIFA President Praises the
Grenada Football Association
A Night of Celebration-The
Grenada Football Association
Awards Ceremony 2014
GFA Launches New Logo
GFA hosted one of FIFA’s
GFA Delegation visits Athletic and
Anton Corneal visits the GFA
WIFA annouces date for Men’s
More Tournaments for the
Windward Islands Football
GFA’s President calls on affiliates
to improve their organizations.
Mutual Developmental Assistance
for Grenada and Mexico
Grabbing hold of Every
Opportunity, Goalkeeper Connie
GFA met with National Women’s
Team Medical Experts
The Goalpost receives raving
Football is more than 90 minutes
for Marc Marshall
THE OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF THE GRENADA FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION
A Night of Celebration-The Grenada Football
Association Awards Ceremony 2014
In what was referred to as their night at the Oscars,
players, coaches, administrators, match officials and
volunteers were all decked out in their finest outfits to
receive awards and commendations at the 2014 GFA’s
Jake Rennie and Roniesha Frank cupped the major titles
as the Best Senior Male and Female Footballer of the Year.
Rennie, who is Captain of both Paradise Football Club
(Paradise FC) and the Grenada Senior Men’s National Team,
secured three titles on the night. He received the award
for Best Senior Player of the Year, Most Valuable player
and also the Tyrone “Sampat” Harbin Golden Boots Award.
Roneisha Frank, who captured the GFA’s Female Footballer
of the Year title in 2012 and 2013, made it a hat trick by
taking the title once more. The Happy Hill Secondary
School student, a resident of Willis, edged past her rivals
to make it a clean sweep.
Frank was awarded Best Senior player –Female and the
Golden Boots Award.
The evening also included congratulation messages
from FIFA President Joseph Sepp Blatter and CONCACAF
President Jeff Webb.
Women’s League Appreciation Sherryann Hector, Latoya Nelson, Alison Prosper, Innocent
Lezema, Presley Samuel, Kasandra Pascal, Neisha Peters,
Delis Peters, Bernie Nicholas, Michael Paul, Akeisha Clovey,
Dexter George, Bernadine Andrew, Arsha Wellington, Alana
Francois, Rockell Hood, Lindy Frederick,Vyna Wilson, Tia
Mc Intosh, Afy Fletcher, Lottie Cato.
Broadcast of Televised Games Appreciation Franklyn Simpson and Raymond Roberts
Assistant Referee of the Year -Female Tia McIntosh
Assistant Referee of the Year- Male Kuan Budd
Referee of the Year-Female Arsha Abraham
Referee of the Year -Male Devon Roberts
Coach of the Year Andrew Munro
Fair Play Award: Christian Strikers
National U-15 - Women’s League Alisha Charles
National U-17- Women’s League Samantha Mc Sween
National U-20- Women’s League Sherice Hood
Youngest Player Award- Women’s League Kimel Robertson
Best Junior Player of the Year- Female Aaliyah Jackson
Best Junior Player of the Year-Male Lemoy Augustine
Sports Ambassador Inductees: Jason Roberts and Dr. Calum Macpherson
President’s Award-Volunteer of the Year Oscar Williams
President’s Award- Club of the Year Blue Stars
President’s Award-Sponsor of the Year Guyana and Trinidad Mutual Insurance Company
while President Webb commended the GFA on its new initiatives as well as the unveiling of the Association’s New Logo.
Other individuals receiving awards on the night included: - (Ref. Annex Listing)
2nd Division- 3rd place North Stars FC
2nd Division-2nd Place Shamrock FC
2nd Division-Champion Springs United FC
1st Division -3rd place: Hampshire United FC
1st Division-2nd place Boca Juniors FC
1st Division-Champion Chantimelle FC
Golden Boots-2nd Division Daryl Jeffery North Stars (23 goals)
Golden Boots-1st Division Carl Raeburn E.S.S (8 goals)
Kellon Baptiste Award Jason Belfon
Tyrone Harbin Golden Boots Jake Rennie (13 goals)
Most Valuable Player-2nd Division Luciano Charles
Most Valuable Player 1st Division: Mackell Ganess
Most Valuable player Premier League Jake Rennie
Women’s League 3rd Place Spice Divas (St. David)
Women’s League 2nd Place: Leapers Girls (St. Patricks)
Women’s League Champion Flamboyant (St. George’s A)
Premier League 3rd Place GBSS
Premier League 2nd Place Hurricane FC
Premier League Champion Paradise FC
GFA Launches New Logo
The Grenada Football Association revealed its new logo at its Awards Ceremony. The digital unveiling was done
by the Patron of the Association, Her Excellency Dame Cecile La Grenade.
The Association’s New Logo according to its Marketing & Communications Director, Malaika Church, signals a new
direction, new ideas and a future full of prosperity for Football.
The logo which has six elements consists
The Yellow - exudes the joy, happiness
and energy brought to people by the
The Green - shows the harmony that
defines the people
The Red - reflects the burning passion
in each and every match
The Stars - reflect the fair play spirit that
governs our behavior
The Rays - mirror our belief that hard
work brings rewards
The Ball - shows our constant desire to
improve on all aspects of the game.
The Grenada Football
Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein,
the Vice President of FIFA
this month. Prince Ali is one
of the FIFA candidates vying
for the FIFA Presidency this
The brief trip included
a press conference and
private meeting with the
Association’s President, Mr.
Cheney Joseph and General
Secretary Ambrose Phillip,
to discuss the challenges
and developments faced
by the Association.
GFA hosted one of FIFA’s Presidency
Through an invitation extended by
the Minister of Sports, Honorable
Emmelin Pierre, a delegation from
the Grenada Football Association was
invited this month to a site visit of the
Athletic and Football Stadium.
President of the Association, Cheney
Joseph, highlighted the GFA’s concerns
about the irrigation and drainage of
the football field as well as FIFA codes
relating to security. These concerns
were to ensure that the Football
aspects of the Stadium meet FIFA
GFA Delegation visits Athletic and
standards for hosting international
The Ambassador of China to Grenada,
Her Excellency Ou Boqian, expressed
that even though the project was near
completion the concerns put forth by
the Association would be taken into
In attendance at the site visit were
Minister of Sports, Ms. Emmelin Pierre,
The Ambassador of China to Grenada,
Her Excellency Ou Boqian, Permanent
Secretary in the Ministry of Sports,
Mrs. Theresa Bowen, Coordinator of
Sports, Conrad Francis, China State
Construction Technical Personnel
and the GFA Delegation (President –
Cheney Joseph, Vice President Allan
James, Technical Director, Lester
Smith, Finance Officer, Wayne Francis
and Marketing and Communication
Director, Malaika Church).
The Grenada Football Association welcomed FIFA’s Technical Director of the Southern Caribbean, Anton Corneal,
on a 1 day visit. Mr. Corneal’s visit focused on Technical matters and status updates on existing programs.
Technical areas that were addressed included: - Women’s Football, Youth Football, Grassroots, and Coaching Education.
Mr. Corneal is also expected to assist the Association in developing
a Coaching Education Licence system among other things in 2015.
Technical Director of the GFA, Lester Smith, welcomed Mr. Corneal’s
visit and believes the licensing system will further strengthen current
and new programs of the Association.
Corneal’s activities included a brief meeting with GFA’s Executive
Members, a tour of the National Cricket Stadium and the GFA Secretariat.
Anton Corneal visits the GFA
WIFA annouces date for Men’s Tournament
Presidents of the football associations of Dominica,
Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Vincent have confirmed the
date for the staging of the Windward Islands Football
Association (WIFA) men’s tournament for 2015.
The WIFA Men’s Championship will take place in St.
Lucia from April 27- May 3rd, 2015. The tournament
which was restarted in 2013 moves into its third year
since its revival and will see the four teams participate
in a one round tournament to determine the winner.
Grenada won the revived tournament in 2013 and St. Lucia
copped the title in 2014 which was staged in Dominica.
by Windward Islands Football Associations’ Presidents to
introduce tournaments for Under 14 boys and girls starting
this year with the girls in St. Vincent & the Grenadines.
The meeting decided that further efforts must be made to
develop youth football in the sub region. St. Vincent will
also host the inaugural boy’s U-14 tournament to be staged
in June 2016.
More Tournaments for the Windward Islands
The Presidents met in St. Vincent and decided that further
efforts must be made to develop youth football in the sub
The objective of these tournaments is to provide member
of players ahead of the CONCACAF U15 tournaments which
are staged every other year in the Cayman Islands.
The Grenada Football Association has introduced
a National Youth League and has indicated it will
be seeking to ensure there are continuous programs
at both the parish and national level that would
see the emergence of new talent on the island.
The National Youth programmer will be in the U13, U15
and U17 categories with tournaments being staged
in all of the parishes and culminate with the selection
of parish teams to participate at national level.
The Association intends to involve youth players from
The GFA is also planning on implementing a Parish Elite
Program as well as a National Elite Program.
National Youth League to scout for Talent
President of the Grenada Football
Association, Cheney Joseph, has
called on affiliates to assist with the
rebranding of the Association.
In his address at the Association’s
Awards Ceremony this month,
Joseph identified the lack of proper
club structure as one major areas of
concern that is preventing the further
development of the game on the
“As President of this Association, I
am mindful of the arduous task of
reshaping the GFA brand, a brand
which was once the envy of many
other organizations when I was
growing up” Mr. Joseph stated.
He further went on to challenge club
administrators to do what is required
to take the sport forward on the
island. “During the past decade, we
have seen the demise of the GFA’s
brand and this is a major worry. To
make the necessary turn around,
persons within the Association must
play a role in repairing” Joseph said.
“We have been calling on our affiliates
to embrace change, a necessary
ingredient for development. It is
therefore my call to our clubs to fix
that which is broken” said the former
national player now GFA’s President.
The Grenada Football Association
celebrates ninety-one years as an
Association. There are thirty nine
affiliates currently members of the
GFA’s President calls on affiliates to improve
Mutual Developmental Assistance for
Grenada and Mexico
of International Business for the FMF and Mr. Rafael
Orvananos – President of the Mexican Referees
»» The Delegation then met with Eugenio Vagas – President
of the Mexican Football Disciplinary Commission.
»» An official visit to the Headquarters of the Mexican
Football Federation and meeting with the General
Secretary Mr. Fernando Cerrilla.
»» The Delegation met with Mrs. Paola Camucho – General
Manager of National Training System. A detailed
presentation on the structure of FMF Training Systems
»» Attended the training session of the National Senior
Women Team and held talks with the Head Coach
»» Attended a Pro League match: Club America vs Tigres
at the Azteca Stadium.
The Grenada Football Association’s Technical Director,
Lester Smith, accompanied by Chairman of the Technical
Committee, Patrick Francis, returned this month from a
4-day trip to Mexico.
Hosted by the Mexican Football Federation the Grenadian
delegation experienced a packed trip of activities. The
main purpose of the trip surrounded discussions with
the General Secretary for assistance with developing a
National Coaching Education License Program, Assistance
in improving the GFA Elite Player Development and hosting
National Teams or Clubs in Camp sessions to prepare for
Attended the Mexican National under 16 Team training
session which has formulated a four year training plan for
the FIFA under 20 World Cup.
»» Tour of the Training Centre facilities which included:
gym, dressing rooms, medical rooms, press area and the
various football pitches (Beach Soccer and Astro Turf).
»» The Delegation met with Mr. Inigo Riestra – Manager
Grabbing hold of Every Opportunity,
Goalkeeper Connie John
Known by many as “CJ”, Connie John is one
of two National Senior Goalkeepers making
up the National training squad for the 2015
Season of Women’s competitions. With 11 years
goalkeeping experience, John who hails from
Pearls, St. Andrews believes that football is her
only ticket to seeing another dream of hers’
The twenty-four year old is hoping that through
football she would be able to attend University
and one day become a Child Psychologist.
John shares with us how she got started as
a goalkeeper, what it is like being a female
goalkeeper and a little bit about herself.
1. What’s it like living in Pearls?
-Well, first off people tend to think when
you are from Pearls you live on the Airport
but actually I’m from the main street of
Pearls closer to Moyah. It’s a great place
2. You come from a large family, do your
other siblings play football?
Yeah I’m the 6th out of 9 siblings,
unfortunately none of my brothers or
sisters are into football, just my father. He
always says I’m the only one who took
3. When did you start
-I started playing football when
I was in Primary School as a
right defender. My dad, Alstead
John was a footballer and he
coached me, but it was only
during a Women’s Tournament
that I actually got the chance to
be the goalkeeper. The actual
goalkeeper did not show up and
I ended up volunteering as the
goalkeeper and that was when
everyone saw my capabilities.
My father who was there at the
time really guided me through
the match, and the coach saw my
potential as a Goalkeeper.
4. Describe how being a
Goalkeeper is for you?
-Well, Its hard work and you really
have to be confident. People tend
to blame the results of a game
on the goalkeeper at times and
the crowd says nasty things to
you, but once you have a positive
mindset and you are determined,
5. Tell us about your aspirations?
- I really would like to attend
University. I got accepted into
Midwestern State University
not once but twice and due
to financial challenges I wasn’t
able to attend. Even though I
love football I always wanted
to study Child Psychology and
eventually branch out into social
work. I know what I want from
playing football and being able
to attend University is one of it.
I make every opportunity count
because you never know where
it can lead to.
6. Is there a Goalkeeper you
look up to?
- Yes! Shemel Louison he is
from Gouyave and played with
Queen’s Park Rangers but now
he is in Trinidad and Tobago. We
are good friends actually. I recall
how frightened I would get being
in front of a crowd as people are
so mean. He taught me how to
focus and ignore the crowd.
7. You have been selected for the
National Team many times.
How has that experience been?
-It’s great. I feel a sense of pride
when I represent my country and
I encourage other females who
might be considering Football to
come out and experience such
8. What’s your favorite dish?
-I’m not your typical Grenadian
when it comes to food. I love
Sushi, Chicken Alfredo and
Mexican food. Sorry! I know you
asked for one but they are all my
9. Which country did you enjoy
visiting during a tournament?
-I would have to say Barbados. I
have been there many times as
I have family there also so I’m
accustomed to the food and
people but even still it’s a great
10. If a local team had a women’s
side who would you want to
- I would have to say Paradise,
as they are the closest team to
where I live and their team spirit
Women’s Teams preparedness for
this year’s competitions, the Grenada
Football Association has engaged
female medical experts to facilitate
in the formulation of a medical plan
for 2015 and beyond.
This meeting looked at establishing
the content of medical assessment
forms, anti-doping workshops and
Food and Nutrition Workshops.
GFA met with National Women’s Team
assessments would be done in a first
stage along with a series of anti-doping
and nutritional sessions with parents.
Women’s Development Officer, Malaika
Church, expressed thanks to the doctors
and physiotherapist for assisting the
Association in this capacity.
are in good health to participate in
competitions, in addition to addressing
new and existing injuries.”
The Medical team comprises: Dr. Sonia
Johnson, Dr. Gail Friday, Adeltrude
Griffith and Dr. Susan Lambert, Dr.
Kerlene Calliste and Dr. Emma Henry-
The Goalpost receives raving reviews
1974 - 2015
a wonderful feeling to
see the revival of the Grenada
after a few months absences
and on behalf of all of our
Issue 13 - January 2015
President’s Message In This Issue
President met with Grenad
• The GoalPost is Back
• Women’s Football to
focus in 2015
• Grenadian appointed FIFA
Officials receive their badges
Officials visit Mexico
• Award Season is upon us
holds discussions with Corporate
Officer• Grenada considers FIFA
• Being Frank on Football
• Grenada to
Play Puerto Rico in
World Cup Qualifiers
Rennie steps into
THE OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER
OF THE GRENADA FOOTBALL ASSOCIATIONPresident of the Grenada Football
Association, Mr. Cheney Joseph, met
with this country’s Prime Minister, Dr.
the Right Honorable Keith Mitchell at
the Ministerial Complex this month.
Discussions surrounded updates on
GFA’s activities for 2015, as well as
issues involving football in
Among the items mentioned were
status report on FIFA Gold Project, the
FIFA Fond Playing Field Special lighting
Project and Grenada’s participation in
regional and international tournaments.
GFA President met with Grenada’s
During the meeting the GFA President
the continual support
expressed his commitment to ensure further
development of football in Grenada.
government’s intentions to provide adequate
sports through educational,
infrastructural and concessional assistance
as well as provide avenues for young people
sports as a vehicle of change.
affiliates let me especially congratulate
Ms. Malaika Church on her tenacity
and commitment for having insisted
on the resurfacing of the Goalpost.
anticipated that we shall once
of the activities of the Association
2015 will be a busy year for the Grenada
Football Association as we continue our
develop football on the
of visits to
the various parishes by the
President and General Secretary
will continue during
The return of the Grenada Football Association’s
Newsletter, has received positive reviews from around
Special commendations poured in from affiliates, member
associations and confederations as well as experts in the
business. Here are some of the encouraging responses
Otis Roberts "Excellent read, keep it up" - GFA Football
“Excellent, this is a publication well done" - Marketing
Manager at UEFA, Mooney Noel
“This is an excellent publication, I wish other member
associations will consider doing the same." - Hugo Salcedo,
CONCACAF Director of Development
“Well Done!” - Howard McIntosh, FIFA Development Officer
The Grenada Football Association extends appreciation
to the editorial team towards the reintroduction of the
"GOALPOST NEWSLETTER". Editorial team includes:
Malaika Church, Angus Samuel and Ambrose Phillip.
Sole Sports Medicine practitioner on the
island, Dr. Sonia Johnson, expressed her
pleasure in the steps the Association is
making in Women’s Football in this area.
“I’m glad to see focus being placed on
the medical requirements of our female
footballers. The needs of our female
footballers are different and therefore
must be given special attention.”
Dr. Gail Friday mentioned that the medical
Football is more than 90 minutes for
Born and bred in the
Limes, Grand Anse, St.
George, Marc Marshall,
presently attached to the
National Senior Men’s
Training Squad, tells us why
Football is a lot more than
90 minutes and about his
future plans in the sport.
The last of four siblings,
Marshall recounts learning
from his older brothers the
technical skills of the game
and how local big names
like Anthony Modeste
and Brian Benjamin really
inspired him to take on the
sport more seriously.
“I tried everything... I think
I was in that phase where I
wanted to play all sports, so
basketball, table tennis, and
athletics I tried, but football
stuck... It was like this was
the right fit for me”.
Unlike other footballers
Marshall strongly believe;
that focusing on the
players off the field is
just as important as their
capabilities on the field.
“I’ve seen it all. Many people
in my community lack
guidance and it is because of
this lack of guidance that so
many people haven’t reach
their fullest potential. The
time off the field is just as
important as being on and
when focus is not placed
on the mental state of the
players you can see and feel
the disconnect amongst the
College Graduate said he
is looking to further his
studies in Developmental
Psychology at St. George’s
University later this year.
“St. George’s University
is one of my options, but
I’m also checking out
international universities as
well. I was able to secure
a football scholarship
through the assistance of
Marlon Glean the first time
around, so I’m hoping I’ll
be fortunate to be able to
obtain one to continue my
One of the coaches attached
to the Ministry of Sports,
Marshall hopes to fuse his
love of Psychology and
football eventually. “I think
in the next five years I will
look at the administrative
side of football in the area
of working on the Social
and Development aspects
of players but for now I
enjoy being a player.”
St. Patrick East
St. Patrick West
St. Andrew North/ West combined
St. Andrew East/ South combined
St. George South
St. George Northwest
St. George Northeast
St. George (Town)
You must be born on or after January 1st. 2000 The National Youth League will commence on March 21st 2015.
Trials will continue every
Saturday until March 14th.
For more information contact the GFA 440-9903 or your Parish Directors and Coordinators.
St. George: Patrick Francis
St. Mark: Wayne Francis
St. David: Lindon Charles
Join us each and every Saturday in your various parishes and
earn your spot to represent any of the following teams.
St. Patrick: Jester Noel, Kiem Cato, Garvin Charles
St. John: Eric Peters, Carlos Lewis
St. Andrew: Peter Blair, Ricky Aberdeen
DO YOU WANT TO
AT THE UNDER-15 LEVEL?
Well here is your chance
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Queen’s Park, Grenada
Tel: (473) 440-9903, Web: www.grenadafa.com
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