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Another bid

Randy Bennett

Another bid

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As President of Weymouth Wales, Mark Armstrong helped to elevate the team to success.
Now he’s hoping to do the same with the Barbados Football Association (BFA).
With just four more days remaining before the BFA holds its annual general meeting and elections, Armstrong has disclosed that he will be running for the post of president Sunday.
News of his intention to run comes just one day after Charles Husbands revealed that he would be seeking the top spot.
Armstrong is the third person to publicaly state his intention to run for president, following Husbands and Ricky “Laker” Williams.
In an interview with MIDWEEKSPORT yesterday, Armstrong explained that, having watched football in Barbados fall into a state of disarray, he felt that now was the time for fresh ideas to emerge and be worked on.
And in this regard he believes that he is the right man for the job.
“Football in Barbados is going nowhere,” he stated. “In order for football in Barbados to improve, fresh ideas have to be brought to the table.
“When I took over as president of Weymouth Wales, I realized that for the club to move forward, new and innovative ideas had to be introduced, and you can see the results.
“A similar strategy is needed for the BFA,” said Armstrong who led Wales to the 2012 Premier League Cup, their first in 26 years.
He reported that since he had decided to run for president, he had received endless support from well-wishers and supporters.
This, he said, had helped to boost his confidence, while also showing him that other people also saw him as the right man for the job.
“Since deciding to run, I’ve been fielding numerous phone calls from persons who are offering encouragement and offering me advice,” he said. “People have been offering to come on board and offering to lend their services in any way that they can.
“So I really believe that I have as good a chance as anyone.”
Armstrong knows, however, that if he is elected president it will not be an easy job in bringing Barbados back to the glory days of the past.
He maintains that it will not be something that can be done overnight, but he insists that it can be done.
“One of the biggest challenges which the BFA faces is financing. I know that right now there may not be the . . . funding which is necessary, but my plans aren’t solely based on finances,” he said.
“Turning around the current state of football in Barbados will be by no means an easy job; it will take time. But I know that once given the opportunity it is a goal which I will be able to accomplish.”