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Stewart travelling with BFA delegation to World Cup

Joyce Stewart has seemingly been given the green light to take up the post of general secretary of the Barbados Football Association (BFA). A reliable source told Barbados TODAY that even though the BFA has not made an official announcement about Stewart’s appointment, the Canadian has again been selected for the post of general secretary and is likely to take up her new post very soon. 

Her appointment came as a result of the resignation of former BFA general secretary Chris Graham last year. Stewart has been a constant figure at the BFA’s Fontabelle, St Michael office over the past weeks. Stewart, along with BFA president Randy Harris and former BFA president George LasCaris, is scheduled to leave Barbados tomorrow under the auspices of the BFA for Brazil where the 2014 FIFA World Cup is scheduled to start on June 12. 

According to their travel documents, the three will be staying at the Sheraton in Sao Paulo. When Barbados TODAY contacted Stewart she made it clear that she would not be able to say whether she was successful in filling the vacancy or not but assured that her paperwork with the Barbados Immigration Department was in order and therefore
had been given permission to live and work on the island.

“I am not the spokesperson for the Barbados Football Association and therefore would not be able to comment or say whether I did or did not get the post of general secretary. That has to be confirmed by the BFA board and president Randy Harris. However, what I can say is that my paperwork is in order and I am allowed to live and work in Barbados which is obvious or else I would not be living here,” Stewart said.

She added: “Yes I would be leaving the island tomorrow for Brazil with the BFA president and it is not a secret or anything that needs to be hidden.”

When contacted about this latest development, Harris declined to comment on Stewart’s immigration status, stating only that he would be dealing with it at a later date.

Last year, Stewart and the BFA were involved in controversy when the Immigration Department notified the football governing body in the island by letter that Stewart could not work without the necessary permit, not even in a voluntary capacity. The Government agency told the BFA that it would have to go through the process of advertising for the post locally.

The BFA was notified that if no suitable individual was found then it could submit all documentation related to that recruitment process and apply for a permit for Stewart.


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