Friday, May 7, 1999

Jack happy with PFL


Fifa vice-president Jack Warner is pleased with the running of the local Craven A Professional Football League after just one month.

However, one of his few disappointments is the way in which his club Joe Public have fared so far.

He admitted though he has been out of the country for some six weeks and has only been able to view one match to date.

However Warner said he was particularly pleased with the strides made by newcomers and current league leaders W Connection and Central team Doc's Khelwalaas, despite their recent 5-0 drubbing by Defence Force.

"I am particularly pleased with the way W Connection have done so far. Their crowd attendance has been good and Doc's Khelwalaas are playing good football and are improving.

"But I'm disappointed with what I have seen of Joe Public. But then again, they like to make all the easy things difficult," Warner said.

He pointed out that he was also disappointed with Futgof, whom he felt would have been more professional in their approach.

The special adviser to the PFL said there were no problems in terms of the administration of the league.

He said that promotion is the only area of weakness.

In order to assist in this department the firm of Advantage Advertising have been hired to promote and market the league.

"We must take on a professional organisation and this morning (Tuesday) we have taken the services of Advantage Advertising to do the job.

"All the teams except W Connection are guilty of not doing enough marketing and promotion.

"They (Connection) are successful because they have done it the best.

"Joe Public of course have the resources but have not been using it wisely. That shall now change," Warner declared.

In the hope of improving his team's performance and their current third position with two victories in six matches, Warner said that two Nigerian players, one a midfielder and a striker arrived on Tuesday night to join Joe Public.

Eugene Onuorah and Chukuldi Odita will be expected to add some bite to the Public attack. He also said that a goalkeeper will be a new addition to the Eastern Lions.

"Once these things are on stream, Joe Public should regain their form and be the club I want it to be," said Warner.

Warner said thatConcacaf have yet to make a decision on which country to support for the 2006 World Cup.

"We believe that it is premature at this stage to give our support to any bidder," said Warner.

However, he suggested it would be wise if the African countries could come together to agree on one bid in their quest to host the competition.