The National, Tuesday 12th February, 2013
YOUNG, talented Papua New Guinean soccer players will be among Pacific Island footballers who will have a clearer pathway to the top.
That is thanks to the signing of a historic partnership between the Oceania Football Confederation and the Asia Pacific Football Academy (APFA).
APFA is a New Zealand-based international residential youth football academy offering a unique player development programme, operating in conjunction with English Premier League champions, the Chelsea Football Club.
The cooperation and development agreement is set to accelerate the development of elite young players from around the Oceania region following the establishment of youth academies in OFC member associations based on the successful APFA model.
PNG Football Association president David Chung said from New Zealand that this would be a boost for young players who wanted to pursue career in the game.
OFC technical director Patrick Jacquemet said the partnership came to fruition after APFA managing director Andy Smith presented the OFC with the successful academy model.