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Pacific Games to be Used as Qualifiers for Under 23 National Soccer Teams, OFC announces

By Lorraine Genia – EM TV Sports, Port Moresby

Papua New Guinea’s Football Association president, David Chung has been re-elected as President of the Oceania Football Confederation, for another four year term.

The announcement was made in a media conference, with representatives from FIFA, and delegates from the Cook Islands, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga and other oceanic regions, who make up the OFC Executive Committee.

Chung stood unopposed for his second term, backed by the endorsement of the 11 member nations present.

The delegates from each of the other island nations present, showing solidarity and being impressed in Chung’s role as president so far on in the region.

Chung himself was humbled and appreciative at the confidence shown.

The Oceania region is the smallest of FIFA’s confederacies, and the focus now is on raising the standard of football to unprecedented levels. Chung and OFC Secretary General, Tai Nicholas, are pushing for direct qualification into the world cup. 

However, Chung was also queried on his role as PNGFA president, and the plans in place for the country. He admitted that the standard is not where it should be.

The OFC is also gearing up for the Pacific Games, and in a surprise announcement, will be using the games as qualifiers for the u23 men’s and for the women’s national teams.

A move that has not gone down well with representative players in both Fiji and the Solomon Islands.


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