Experienced Trinidadian football administrator Richard Groden has been appointed general secretary of the embattled Guyana Football Federation (GFF). The development was announced through a letter from CONCACAF’s Normalisation Committee to associations on Wednesday. Groden will take up the position from March 2 and will have as his assistant local business executive Diedre Davis. She will take over as general secretary following Groden’s tenure.
“CONCACAF recommended Groden and he will serve as general secretary of the Federation during the tenure of the Normalisation Committee and will demit office on the completion of the Committee’s mandate,” said Clinton Urling, chairman of the Normalisation Committee. “Ms Davis will serve as assistant general secretary of the Federation and will work directly with Mr Groden in the coming months and will assume the functions of general secretary on Mr Groden’s departure.”
Groden is a veteran administrator who served as general secretary of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation until 2013. He has served on several FIFA and CONCACAF committees, and has led several organising committees to prepare T&T for several international tournaments, including their historic outing at the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
“We have no doubt that with their exceptional qualifications and experiences they will contribute to the success of the Federation and to the growth and development of football in Guyana,” Urling said in the letter to associations. The Normalisation Committee was instituted late last year to quell the upheaval in the strife-torn GFF, and restore stability.