NEW YORK: Damien Hughes has been appointed as acting general secretary of the  Caribbean Football Union by the ‘normalisation committee’ set up under FIFA auspices last month to try to put the scandal-hit regional body back on its feet.

Hughes, 34, takes over from Angenie Kanhai who resigned on December 20 in the wake of the controversy over the role of both the CFU and many of its associations’ delegates in the Bin Hammam scandal.

A graduate of of Moorehouse College in Atlanta, Hughes holds a Master’s degree from York University in Toronto and has been the general secretary of the Anguilla Football Association for the past 10 years.

The announcement of his appointment came from Cayman Islands FA president Jeffrey Webb, chairman of the nine-man normalisation committee, after a conference call on Friday.

Webb notified all CFU associations that Hughes will “serve as the chief administrator of the Union during the normalisation period, maintain the communication lines between the CFU and it members, and to prepare the Union for its Ordinary Congress slated for May 2012.

“As you will imagine, the success of Mr Hughes’s tenure will be dependent upon our ability to partner with him as he seeks to assist us in return the Union to some level of administrative normality.”