By Samindra Kunti in Kigali
March 15 – Lambert Maltock from the Pacific Island Vanuatu has been re-elected for another four-year team as president of the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC).
“We have implemented the OFC Football Development Strategy, raising the quality of football through competitions, launching OFC’s first ever Women’s Football Strategy and launching OFC Learn which has revolutionised capacity building workshops for all involved in the game on and off the pitch,” said Maltock in a statement.
This year New Zealand, the region’s biggest member, will co-host the Women’s World Cup with Australia.
The OFC is seeking to develop a professional league across the region with the help of FIFA funding. At present, the OFC Champions League is made up of amateur and semi-professional clubs.
Maltock came to power in 2019 when elected on a permanent basis with the vow to clean up the region following the high-profile bans of David Chung and Lee Harmon. He had run the confederation on an interim basis since 2018.
Johannna Wood of New Zealand and Rajesh Patel of Fiji were re-elected unopposed as the region’s FIFA Council representatives for a second term. The OFC has also endorsed Gianni Infantino for re-election. On Thursday, the incumbent FIFA president will sweep to victory unopposed.
Maltock declined to be interviewed.
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