SAN JOSE, Costa Rica - At Thursday's Union of Central American Football (UNCAF) Extraordinary Congress in Costa Rica, Ariel Alvarado announced his decision to leave his seat as a Member on the confederation's Executive Committee, citing personal reasons. Alvarado will remain in his position until the next CONCACAF Congress, the dates of which will be announced shortly.
"We are saddened because of Ariel's decision, but fully respect it," said CONCACAF President, Jeffrey Webb. "CONCACAF would like to thank him for his years of dedicated work that have significantly benefited football both in Panama and in the entire region."
Alvarado, who has served as a Member of CONCACAF's Executive Committee since 2007, led the Panamanian Football Federation as President from 2000 to 2011 and served as General Secretary in 2011. Under his leadership, Panama achieved a combined five qualifications to the FIFA U-20 and U-17 World Cups.
"I would like to thank all my friends and colleagues from UNCAF and CONCACAF for their support throughout these years," Alvarado said. "It was very emotional to receive the words of support and encouragement from all my colleagues as well as the unanimous vote of support for my personal decision. As a football person I will continue to support the sport I deeply love."
Alvarado currently serves as a member of the CONCACAF Gold Cup Committee.
"As a member of our Executive Committee during all these years, Ariel has always added value with his vast experience," commented UNCAF President, Rafael Tinoco. "Central American football should be thankful for his efforts and legacy."
Alvarado's seat at the CONCACAF Executive Committee will be up for vote at the next CONCACAF Congress.