Moscow, 3 days before the kick-off of the World Cup Football Russia 2018 (June 14 to July 15), the former glory of Haitian football Philippe Vorbe entered the world football hall of fame on June 11, 2018, in Moscow (Russia), at the congress of the Confederation of North America, Central and Caribbean Football (Concacaf).
Recently, on July 26, 2018, at a grand gala at the Hotel El Rancho, Régine Lamur, the resigning Minister of Youth and Sports paid a special tribute to the Dean of the Haitian Football Clubs, the "Violette Athletic Club". During the occasion, he honored the former captain of the national team, the legendary Philippe Vorbe. In an atmosphere full of emotions, many important personalities like former players, coaches, club leaders and those who have rubbed shoulders with this extraordinary former captain and footballer were present.
Philippe Vorbe (born September 14, 1947) played for the Haiti national football team in the 1974 FIFA World Cup in Germany. He provided Emmanuel Sanon the pass that resulted in the famous goal that put an end to Italian goalkeeper Dino Zoff's no-goal streak. In February 1974, Hugh McIlvanney in 'Observer' described Vorbe as a "tall, handsome white man of French extraction" and a "graceful midfield player" with "impressive skills".
On June 11, 2018, at the congress of the Confederation of North America, Central and Caribbean Football (CONCACAF) during the World Cup tournament in Russia, Philippe Vorbe entered the World Football Hall of Fame. It is one of the greatest tributes to a football personality, a great first for any Haitian footballer.
Minister Lamur introduced Philippe Vorbe as a model of success; he is a role model for aspiring Haitians-- Vorbe dedicated own career without any restraint for his passion, his dreams and everything for his love for country. On the plaque of honor awarded to Vorbe, there is an inscription: "President from the CONCACAF Victor Montagiliani, CONCACAF to Mr. Philippe Vorbe in recognition of your commitment and your exceptional dedication to the growth of football in the CONCACAF region ". Victor Montagiliani also assured of a rejuvenation of the club, the 'Violette', who had just celebrated his 100th birthday on May 15th.
As the United States launches criminal proceedings against officials of world football's governing body and after Seven officials and associates were arrested in Zurich earlier this week, new we have Haiti emerging as one of Fifa's most extravagant expenses claims within the past several years.
It was reported that after the Haiti earthquake of 2010, the president of FIFA, pledged some money to Haiti. However, former Fifa vice-president Jack Warner did not think all that money should go to Haiti.
But Yves Jean-Bart, head of the Haitian Football Association, claimed only to have seen a fraction of that money reach his country. According to the head of Haitian Football Association, Yves Jean-Bart, only a small portion of that money ever reached Haiti. Among many expanses that could not be traced, Jack Warner contracted with a company in his native country of Trinidad to produce emergency supplies for Haiti in the amount of $229,000. There is one problem: that particular company never existed.
Ex-FIFA Official Embezzled $750,000 intended for Haiti Earthquake Relief
Ex-FIFA Vice President, Jack Warner, is under fire for misappropriation of funds he raised from FIFA and the Korean Football Association, a sum of $750,000.
U.S. prosecutors have been investigating him, and want him extradited from Trinidad and Tobago to answer charges of corruption and bribery in court.
He is alleged to have redirected $750,000, earmarked to help survivors from Haiti's 2010 earthquake, into his personal accounts. He claims he is innocent of all charges.
Here are the FIFA officials involved stealing $750,000 meant for Haiti earthquake. Jack Warner, Jeffrey Webb, Alfredo Hawit and Juan Angel Napout.
Jack Warner, a former FIFA Executive Committee member, and President of CONCACAF until his suspension and eventual resignation in 2011, and his successor Jeffrey Webb from Cayman Islands, have been accused of misappropriating money amounting around £500,000 ($750,000) intended to help the 2010 Haiti earthquake victims. Jack Warner is a Trinidad and Tobago politician and businessman. Jack Warner and Jeffrey Webb have committed many and various acts of misconduct repeatedly and have pleaded guilty to seven charges. As per US attorney general Loretta Lynch, their extent of betrayal is truly outrageous. Jeffrey Webb was arrested in last May, but he is out on bail. On May 27th, Jack Warner also surrendered himself to police in his native Trinidad, but after spending a night in custody, was later released on bail. Two more FIFA officials, Alfredo Hawit (Honduras) and Juan Angel Napout (Paraguay), were arrested on December 3, 2015, in a widening bribery case during a pre-dawn raid at the Baur au Lac hotel in Zurich on suspicion "of accepting bribes of millions of dollars". This was the second raid in this downtown Zurich hotel after May 27, 2015, that sparked the FIFA corruption crisis.
As per news sources, the US Justice Department has filed charges on bribes and kickbacks against 16 FIFA officials amounting £130 million ($200 million) following an investigation by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CI). Danny Jordaan, the Mayor of Port Elizabeth, as well as president of the South African Football Association, once admitted of paying $10 million to a football body led by Jack Warner in 2008 for hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
FIFA has officially confirmed the allegation that Warner, who is presently fighting extradition from Trinidad to the USA, has diverted a fund of $750,000 provided by FIFA and the Korean Football Association intended for victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
Haiti has been qualified and included in the Group B at the Copa America. Haiti's first match of the tournament was with Peru on Saturday, June 4th. Peru earned a 1-0 win over Haiti in the Group B opener at Century Link Field. The other three teams in the Group B are Brazil, Ecuador and Peru. In the second match, on June 8th, Brazil defeated Haiti by 7-1. Haiti will meet Ecuador on June 12th.
In last January, Jozy Altidore (his parents are from Haiti), hosted an evening of celebration with legendary supermodel Adriana Lima and fashion icon Kenneth Cole in New York and that raised more than $165,000 for St. Luke. Wynn Walent, the Assistant National Director of the St. Luke Foundation for Haiti said, "Jozy's idea to show these matches resonated with us from the start. It is a great opportunity to bring people together and celebrate what is possible in Haiti. The St. Luke Foundation is grateful to partner with Jozy in this effort,"
Jozy Altidore, the Toronto FC striker might not take part for the US national team at the Copa America Centenario due to a hamstring injury, but he came to the limelight with an important announcement this summer. Altidore and his foundation have teamed up with the St. Luke Foundation to deliver television coverage of all three (3) group-stage matches featuring both countries, United States and Haiti, as well as the tournament's semifinal games and championship, for a total of nine (9) matches at locations across the country. Large projection screens have been transported from Miami to Haiti, otherwise it would not be available to a vast majority of this impoverish nation. As part of their initiative, the St. Luke Foundation, a 100% Haitian run non-profit organization will arrange, host and supervise public watch parties for the games with provision for some foods and beverages. The St. Luke Foundation primarily provides education, medical care and dignified humanitarian outreach programs to more than 90,000 people per year in places that have been underserved by traditional service providers.
Haitian-born Joe Gaetjens with a soccer game victor, a game that remains historic. On June 29, 1950, 39 minutes into a soccer game between England and the United States, at the Estedio Independencia in Brazil, Gaetjens stoll the show andwas carried off the pitch to the roar of 30,000 ecstatic Brazilians.
Olivier Martelly plan to build 10 soccer stadiums in Haiti, one for each Department.
The Government Commissioner Jean Danton Leger has issued a travel ban on Olivier Martelly, the son of former President Michel Martelly, until he can account for the money, hundreds of thousands of dollars, he has received from the State on various projects including the construction of parks and 10 football stadiums in 10 departments of the country. Camille Edward Junior, the present Minister of Justice, has said Government Commissioner Jean Danton Leger is an experienced lawyer. He knows the depth and limits of his power. We might remember that back in April 2012, Oliver and the former Second Lady Sophia Martelly were accused of embezzling money from the public treasury through unauthorized management of a budget of $40 million. Enold Florestal, a courageous man, who filed a legal action asking that Haitian President Martelly's wife, Sophia, and son, Olivier, be investigated for possible corruption, was imprisoned. Serge Joseph, the judge who was investing the corruption charges was threatened and died a suspicious death. The Lower House ordered an inquiry of his death, but revealed nothing.
Here is a picture of the Emmanuel Sanon Soccer Park located in Little Haiti in Miami Florida.
This Soccer Pasrk was created by the late Miami Commissioner Arthur E. Teele before his death. Commissioner Teele wanted to establish a recreational area in Little Haiti for children to play. He also understood the importance that soccer plays in the lives of Haitians.
The Emmanuel Sanon Soccer Park in Little Haiti offers an open spaces for the youth in the community to exercise and play their favorite sport.
Here is a picture og Patrice Neveu, new national football coach of Haiti
On Saturday, December 19, 2015, Patrice Neveu, a French football coach and a former midfield player, has been appointed as the coach for the Haitian national team on a two year term, renewable at the will and satisfaction of the coach himself, and the Haitian Football Federation (FHF). He has replaced the former Haitian coach Marc Collat (from Martinique), who was fired for the team's poor performance in the last World Cup qualification campaign. The preferred formation of the new coach is 4-3-3, and his success rates as a coach with Wins/ Draws/, & Losses are, 46.2%/ 21.2%, & 32.6% respectively. Neveu took charge of the team for the first time in Miami on December 27, where 35 players from the Haitian team were assembled for a training camp. The new coach will be assisted by two French national coaches: Nicolas Santucci (goalkeeping coach) and Thomas Joubert (physical trainer). His previous engagement prior to this attachment in Haiti was with Mauritania since August 2014.