Captain Horace Burrell Dies

Kingston, Jamaica(McKoy’s News)Captain Horace Burrell Dies: Captain Horace Burrell, President of the Jamaica Football Federation, passed away a short time ago. He was 67. It was just a week ago that the JFF issued a statement that the Captain was undergoing medical tests in Miami after he became ill in the USA last week.

Captain Horace Burrell Dies (second left) with (from left) Sport Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange; Prime Minister Andrew Holness; Member of Parliament, East Rural St Andrew, Juliet Holness; and Former Prime Minister Edward Seaga and at a World Cup qualifying game at the National Stadium last year. (PHOTO: JIS)

Captain Burrell has been largely attributed to the growth of Jamaica’s football. He was elected President of the JFF in 1994 and worked assiduously to get Jamaica to their first World Cup in 1998. This made Jamaica the first member of the English-speaking Caribbean to reach World Cup finals.

Captain Burrell was the son of a tobacco farmer in Clarendon, and later became a member of the Jamaica Defence Force, where he was heavily influenced by Colonel Ken Barnes, father of John Barnes, to get involved in football.

His record was somewhat stained in 2011 when he suffered a six-month ban as a result of involvement in the FIFA corruption scandal.

Captain Burrell is also well known for his Restaurant Chain, the Captain’s Bakery, popular in Jamaica and Grand Cayman.  He was also the operator of Captains Aviation services.

He is survived by two children and his divorced Wife.

Captain Horace Burrell…Rest in peace.

Errol Smith

CEO UltimateXperience

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