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‘What I’ve seen is horrible, just like after a war’ - FIFA Rep

- But said FIFA will work quickly to restore football in VI
The BVI Football Association (BVIFA) Headquarters in Road Town received considerable damage during Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Damage to the newly installed artificial turf at the FIFA facility in East End. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Damage to the newly installed artificial turf at the FIFA facility in East End. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
FIFA’s African and Caribbean Regional Director, Mr Veron Mosengo-Omba, seen her assisting in cleanup at the FIFA facility in East End on October 13, 2017, was horrified at the damage to the FIFA facilities in the Virgin Islands by hurricane Irma. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
FIFA’s African and Caribbean Regional Director, Mr Veron Mosengo-Omba, seen her assisting in cleanup at the FIFA facility in East End on October 13, 2017, was horrified at the damage to the FIFA facilities in the Virgin Islands by hurricane Irma. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Following a visit from FIFA’s African and Caribbean Regional Director, Mr Veron Mosengo-Omba, on Friday October 13, 2017, the BVI Football Association (BVIFA) has been encouraged that support for the rebuilding of football within the Territory will be speedily provided by the World Governing Body.

Veron was on a whistle stop tour that had already included the Turks and Caicos Islands, St Thomas and St John, to assess damage and prepare reports for the FIFA President, Gianni Infantino, but noted that what he saw in the Virgin Islands (UK) was by far the worst damage.

“FIFA has a mandate to get every Boy and Girl to kick a ball and here you just cannot! I have been sent by the FIFA President to see all the Islands hit by the recent hurricanes and this is my third stop. What I have seen here is horrible, just like after a war and FIFA needs to urgently assist the Association to restore the headquarters and the fields,” stated Veron.

No place to kick the ball

Although the damage done to the Territory is far reaching and goes way beyond the need for sport to be at the forefront, Veron noted that without an office football cannot be organised properly and the game has to be played outside and right now the VI just can’t do that as there is no place to kick the ball.

“The other islands have all been impacted, but have fields left to play on, here there is no fields to play and FIFA will have to make this a priority and they will act quickly to restore Football here,” concluded Veron.

Veron also felt that the response from FIFA would be quick and help was coming to rebuild facilities.

5 Responses to “‘What I’ve seen is horrible, just like after a war’ - FIFA Rep”

  • Football Fanatic (15/10/2017, 13:45) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    pls do we need it badly and also assistance to individual player or team support. Many may need psychological help too as it was no easy breeze thru. when one gets help we all will get help too. So Fifa do something and do so ASAP.
    • I concur (16/10/2017, 07:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I am so happy that you mentioned this. On another note I am hoping that Education is also sensitive to CHILDREN'S phycological needs as some suffered a lot. Some saw death, their homes ripped apart, some hid in tubs, etc. I hope they hold a workshop for educators to help them cope and not give assignments like write a paragraph about your experiences on Irma, work like this would be insensitive.
  • DON Q (15/10/2017, 15:54) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Same thing I said when I took a drive around
  • Hmm (15/10/2017, 16:02) Like (1) Dislike (14) Reply
    Where he went to say it's like after a war lol. Just sayin.... sometimes ppl just speak all silly Billy from the mouth
  • ... (16/10/2017, 13:38) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    WE NEED MONEY NOT TALK


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