Proposals for a revised O-League and details of the US$8 million “Win in Oceania” project were among the hot topics discussed at the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) Executive Committee meeting held in Rarotonga at the weekend.
Convening at the Muri Beach Club Hotel on Saturday, the meeting opened with a guest appearance from Cook Islands Minister of Sport Ngamau Munokoa who was welcomed by OFC President Reynald Temarii, Cook Islands Football Association President Lee Harmon and other OFC Executive Committee members.
One of the important points of contention during the assembly was the future of OFC’s flagship competition – the O-League. Two proposals aimed at improving the current six-team structure were considered.
Due to the complexity of the suggested changes and the importance of the outcome, the decision on the proposals has been deferred until the next OFC Executive Committee meeting on 30 May, 2009.
OFC General Secretary Tai Nicholas says this will give each member association more time to carefully consider each option.
“This is not a decision we want to rush,” Nicholas said. “It is important to mull over the finer details so that the proposal we choose will ultimately ensure the quality of the O-League is kept as high as possible.”
In addition to the O-League proposals, the committee discussed details about the FIFA initiative “Win in Oceania” set to be launched this year. Senior Project Manager Vairani Davio gave a presentation outlining what funding each member association will receive and how the project aims to leave a legacy in areas such as administration, medical procedures, infrastructure, national leagues and futsal as well as media, communications and TV capabilities.
The OFC President added that the success of the FIFA-funded project is paramount.
“Win in Oceania is a significant project and it reaffirms FIFA’s position as one of the most important financial contributors to each country within the Oceania region,” President Temarii said. “Therefore it is imperative that each member association takes ownership and meets the set targets.”
In other matters, the Executive Committee:
approved the audited accounts of OFC showing a 1.1 million profit for 2008 appointed Greg Larsen as Deputy General Secretary of the OFC General Secretariat appointed Iuli Alex Godinet as an observer of the OFC Executive Committee agreed with the findings of the FIFA/OFC delegation that went to Papua New Guinea that David Chung was duly elected as President of the Papua New Guinea Football Association on 5 July, 2008 confirmed that all OFC competitions will be centralised in New Zealand for the next four years with the aim of increasing participation levels. Note: exceptions will be OFC Futsal (to be held in Fiji and New Caledonia) and OFC Beach Soccer (to be held in Tahiti) agreed that OFC will bid to host the 2011 or 2013 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.
Source : Voxy.co.nz
Published : 18/2/2009