Bien-Aime elected as TCIFA President

CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb congratulates Sonia Bien-Aime after her election as the Turks and Caicos Islands Football Association's new president on July 21, 2014.

PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands – Sonia Bien-Aime, a CONCACAF Executive Committee member, was elected as President of the Turks and Caicos Islands Football Association (TCIFA) at its Annual General meeting on Monday.

She replaces the outgoing Christopher Bryan after being nominated as the sole candidate to stand for election.  

The magnitude of the occasion was not lost on Bien-Aime, who first thanked family members for their unwavering support of her work in world football administration.

“Without my family and their willingness to share me with the world, I will not be here.” Bien-Aime said.  “My family sacrifices each day to allow me to fulfill my dreams and ambitions.”

Speaking to an audience that included CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb and Caribbean Football Union President Gordon Derrick, as well as other regional and local football officials, Bien-Aime urged local football administrators to remain focused on infrastructure and player development.

“Let’s stay the course that has been laid out by improving on our facilities to enable us to host more high-profile events and in doing so we will provide sustainable opportunities for all local players,” she expressed. 

In his brief remarks, President Webb thanked Bryan for his visionary leadership, while voicing support of the new TCIFA head and her plans for the future. 

“Not many associations are handed over with such a good history of best practices on and off the field,” President Webb said.  “Mr. Bryan has done an admirable job which I know Mrs. Bien-Aime will build on in the years to come.

“Sonia will use her drive, passion and commitment to the game to motivate all involved to strive for greatness.”

Bien-Aime also sits on the FIFA Executive Committee and joins Lydia Nsekera of Burundi as only the world’s second female member association president.

Learn more about Sonia Bien-Aime here: CONCACAF Congratulates Sonia Bien-Aime