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New FFS President – Savae Togia Toetu Petana.

Mr Petana was elected at the 2011 FFS Ordinary Congress, held at the Orators Hotel.
Petana had served as Chairman of the Normalization Committee up until the Elective Congress. He is also a current member of the OFC Executive Committee.
After the election, the new President was visibly humbled with the result: “I am very humbled that the clubs have put their faith in me to lead the game of Football here in Samoa. It’s going to be a challenge; it’s not easy to become a President. Like the clubs, I want to see the game grow to its fullest potential here in Samoa.”
Petana also explained that the main priority would be to see the game develop at the grassroots level: “The first step is we need to develop the game from the grassroots especially in the ages 6-15 for both girls and boys.”
Petana also thanked FIFA and OFC for all that they have done for the sport here in Samoa: “I want to thank FIFA and OFC for their continued support towards football here in Samoa“.
The congress also saw the election of 4 Executive Committee members who will serve along side the new President. They are:
Vice President: Rev. Laupama Solomona
Executive Committee Members: Faumuina Michael Kapisi, Palota Asiata and Emily Young.
On working together with the new executive Petana stated: “I am very excited to be working together with the new executive and clubs for the development of the game here in Samoa. They all bring vast knowledge and experience to the table.”
The day had kicked off with the Honourable Prime Minister of Samoa and FFS Patron, Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi, officially opening the Congress. The Prime Minister also made it clear the responsibility that the new executive committee would have when it comes to the development of football in Samoa: “When you are appointed to run a sports organization, I think it is in the interest of the players that you do observe the principles of good management. And ensure that soccer is promoted to the fullest potential and help our young men and women advance further in the sport.”
New Zealand Football Chairman, Mr. Frank Van Huttum, used the occasion to thank Mr. Petana for the good work he has done as Chairman of the FFS Normalization Committee: “We are all aware why FIFA and OFC had to establish a Normalization Committee two years ago. But it is great to see that during this period the Normalization Committee under the guidance of its Chairman has made great progress to reestablish football activities and more importantly regain the trust and credibility of all parties. We congratulate you on this achievement, which will once again provide a platform for the future growth of the sport we all love. Our youth deserve this chance.”
The conclusion of the elective congress also saw the Normalization period for football in Samoa come to an end. The responsibility of governing football in Samoa now rests again which the FFS President and Executive Committee.

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