FFS Welcomes OFC President

OFC President and FIFA Vice-President David Chung arrived in Samoa early Thursday morning, accompanied by FIFA Development Officer Glenn Turner to attend the inaugurations of two FIFA Goal Projects that have been implemented in the country.
Chung is visiting Samoa to attend the official opening of the new FFS futsal court at Tuanaimato and the Regional Technical Centre in Iva, Savaii where he will be unveiling the plaques.
The openings will take place today for the futsal courts and on Saturday, 24th August for the technical centre in Savaii. Samoa’s Honourable Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi has been confirmed to give a key note address at both occasions.
In an interview with FFS Media, Chung stated that he is very happy to be here to attend the opening of the futsal courts and the technical centre as they are both important FIFA Goal Projects.
He added that he will also be taking advantage of his visit to spend time working closely with the FFS technical department as they continue to develop the growing game in Samoa.
“It is good to see Samoa keeping up their facilities and successfully implementing Goal Projects but facilities are not key to developing football.”
Chung says while good facilities are important the key objective is to have an effective technical department.
“The vision of the technical department is essential. Without some technical ability or detailed plans for development, more facilities have no meaning,” he says.
Chung will be working closely with FFS staff that will outline their strategic plan and identify how the game is progressing in terms of coach and player development.
“I want to get the views of locals – what have they learnt, how they have progressed,” he says. “The mission now is for Polynesian countries to rise up and become more competitive.”
Chung acknowledged the great work by FFS administrators, saying with their continued commitment he anticipates that football in Samoa will continue to develop.

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