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United by football

RACHELLE AGARD, [email protected]

United by football

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The face of football in Barbados and the Caribbean has forever been changed, as history has once again been created.

The Argentina Football Association (AFA) and the Barbados Football Association (BFA) and AFA and the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) signed bilateral and regional memorandums of understanding, respectively, on Thursday evening in a small ceremony at the BFA’s Wildey headquarters.

During the BFA’s Under-17 national team’s week-long training at Boca Juniors in Buenos Aries, Argentina last December, BFA’s president Randy Harris met with AFA’s president Claudio Tapia, and after a short meeting, they shook hands to set up an agreement between the two bodies sometime this year.

Tapia was unable to make the trip due to flight delays in Miami. However, executive director of AFA, Gerardo Leon was here to sign the MOUs.

Also in attendance were presidents from the Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis and St Lucia Football Associations, along with representatives of FIFA and CONCACAF and local sporting heads.

Argentina Ambassador to Barbados Gustavo Martinez Pandiani explained the agreements promote the exchanges of players, coaches, referees and managers, as they strived to put together a package of equipment facilities.

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