We envision a more transparent future, says CONCACAF Secretary General

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We envision a more transparent future, says CONCACAF secretary generalWe envision a more transparent future, says CONCACAF secretary general

We envision a more transparent future, says CONCACAF secretary general
The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) envision a more "transparent" future as its newly-formed Integrity Committee, set-up to run a full investigation into past corruption within the governing body, prepare to present a full report to the Congress in Panama City in April.

Enrique Sanz, the CONCACAF secretary general, told the conference here today how the 40-member organisation were "happy" to investigate the past as part of the much needed reform to their future leadership and mission.

"We are happy to look into the past," said Sanz.

"We have set up the committees to ensure everyone knows what we are doing.

"These are the little steps we are taking to put things right."

The Integrity Committee includes representatives from each of the Confederation's three areas – North America, Central America and the Caribbean, along with an additional financial committee.

It was set-up last year to clean up the unsavoury period led by former President Jack Warner of Trinidad and Tobago and will announce details of a financial audit commissioned in the fallout of an election bribery scandal which rocked the world of football.

Warner, the long serving CONCACAF President, resigned from his role after 28-years in June 2011 to avoid investigation by FIFA after whistleblower secretary general Chuck Blazer, publically revealed the infamous bribery accusations.

The full Integrity Committee report will be presented to FIFA along with other football governing bodies during the annual CONCACAF Congress - which will this year take place in Panama City on April 19, as part of their quest to rebuild and reform the organisation.

"Our new leadership and mission are the key for us," said Sanz.

"And it is important that this, and the next generation, will remember our mission.

"We hope to create an ideal platform for continued development, something which hasn't been done at a consistent level for the past four years.

"We want to invest in the kids and the future.

"We want a better foundation for players to develop and to grow to become the best teams in the world."

At last year's CONCACAF Congress in May 2012, an election took place which saw Jeff Webb elected as new President along with Miami-based Enrique Sanz as new secretary general to mandate a much-needed unity within the organisation.