by Jeremy Mogi – EM TV Sports, Port Moresby
Following a constructive meeting between Oceania Football Confederation President David Chung and New Zealand Football President Deryck Shaw over the suspension of a New Zealand player in the Pacific games, the two organisations are ready to move forward.
Chung says the discussions were timely and proved extremely productive stating that he believes each Member Association has an important role to play in the development of football throughout the pacific region.
New Zealand Football plays a full and active role in the Confederation and over the years has been the strongest of any of the oceania region, making it as far as the world cup on three occasions.
Shaw says New Zealand Football intends to thoroughly review recent events and ensure that everyone is clear on its position in the future.
He continued by saying the organisation is committed to working closely with OFC staff and its Member Associations to achieve a common vision for the success of football in the region.
In addition, Chung says with the two organisations more in tune than ever it is an opportune moment to shine the spotlight back on football
“NZF has a lot it can share with our regional colleagues, and there is plenty we can learn from them as well. We look forward to continuing to nurture those relationships for the overall benefit of football throughout Oceania.
“To that end, we wish the New Zealand U-17 team all the very best as they represent Oceania at the upcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile. We are certain they will do their country, and this region proud,” Chung said.