CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani (left) greets Desmond Bannister, minister of public works. CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani (left) greets Desmond Bannister, minister of public works.

Victor Montagliani, president of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), visited the island for a brief visit as he was on a tight travel schedule but had to stop by to pay a visit to his constituency before he left for Zurich, Switzerland.

The president met with local soccer club presidents with whom he discussed future development plans in The Bahamas and the Caribbean. He got thumbs up from the local soccer leaders as they voiced their support for the Nations League competition which Montagliani launched. He further reminded the local football leaders that it was Bahamas Football Association (BFA) President Anton Sealey, who agitated for this type of competition for years and now we are able to enjoy more international competition. The president then handed out ceremonial balls to the presidents where BFA General Secretary notified the clubs that they were to receive more equipment as a result of the One CONCACAF program, another regional project spearheaded by Montagliani.

The following day Montagliani took off on a whirlwind tour of New Providence. He had a breakfast meeting with Minister of Tourism (MOT) Dionisio D’Aguilar, where the two discussed opportunities coming out of the Nations League and other potential partnerships down the road as the MOT seeks opportunities to fill hotel rooms.

From there he toured the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, which will host the match on the second day of the Nations League, when The Bahamas tangles with Antigua and Barbuda on October 12th. He gave the facility a thumbs up and hopes to make the trip back for the game. The Bahamas men’s team lost the first leg match 0-4 to Belize.

From there it was a stop to the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture where the president discussed his support for the Next Play Primary schools program, which encourages more primary school children to get involved with the sport.

His final stop took him to the offices of Ministry Public Works where met Minister Desmond Bannister. Along with the BFA brass, the president and the minister discussed numerous development projects. Montagliani pledged his support for the minister’s initiative of improving green spaces and creating more public spaces where residents and families can get outside and enjoy a healthy lifestyle. Support for lighting of parks was a major topic for which the minister pledged his support for establishing safe environments.

From there the president headed for the airport where he said his Bahamas visit was a wonderful one and he eagerly anticipates a return visit in the near future.