The National- Tuesday, January 18, 2011
SPORTS in the country have congratulated PNG Football Association chief David Chung on his election as the Oceania Football Confederation president.
Leading the chorus of well-wishers, PNG Sports Federation and Olympic Committee sent a note of congratulation to Chung following the results at the weekend.
PNGSFOC secretary-general Auvita Rapilla said Chung’s election was a great credit to him and the role he played internationally and was great achievement for PNGFA and the whole country.
PNG Amateur Boxing Union representative John Avira described it as a huge it as another the milestone for soccer in the country especially after Hekari’s O-League victory and participation at the recent Club Wolrd Cup.
“Chung representing PNG football is a great plus for the country at the Oceania and international level, and he will be a success at FIFA headquarters in Zurich,” he said.
PNGFA senior vice-president John Kapi Natto shared the same sentiment in congratulating his president for winning the Oceania Football Confederation’s hottest seat.
He said since Chung’s election as PNGFA president football had experienced much development through in all areas.
“As president of OFC, Chung has a bigger role and bigger responsibilities to all member associations in Oceania,” he said.
Kapi Natto thanked all countries for supporting Chung on his unopposed elevation to president.
He urged all the PNGFA executive committee members and all the affiliates to support Chung.
In his acceptance speech, Chung graciously acknowledged the support of the member associations and FIFA.
“I thank you for entrusting me with the position of OFC president for the next four years,” said the Malaysia-born Chung.
“I am truly humbled. Rest assured I will do everything possible to promote unity, solidarity and transparency.
“And to the FIFA president, we are indebted to you for your continued support. In return, I can say that on behalf of all member association presidents we are behind you 100%.”
The 48-year-old, who has served as the PNGFA president and joined the OFC executive in 2004, also paid tribute to former president Reynald Temarii before closing with reference to the theme of solidarity.
“Finally, I conclude by reminding everyone that through our combined efforts we will use the game to help our communities and leave a lasting legacy for the young people of the Pacific.”
With his election Chung also becomes a FIFA vice-president with immediate effect. He will be officially presented to the Congress of FIFA on June 1.