12 Dec 2008

Financially troubled Samoa football body re-instated

3:36 pm on 12 December 2008

The Oceania Football Confederation, or OFC, and FIFA, have decided to lift the suspension of Samoa's Football Soccer Federation.

The decision was announced in Apia by the OFC president, Reynald Temarii, who has set up a FIFA normalization committee of five to take the management of the local Federation.

The committee is now handling the administration of the sport until December 2009 before calling fresh elections for a new president and an executive body.

It comes after the Samoa Sports Dispute Tribunal last month ordered the

resignation of former Federation President, Tole'afoa Tautulu Roebeck, and for him to hand over all keys, vehicles, and other assets.

Temarii says no written resignation has been received from Tole'afoa but they decided to go ahead and form a new structure because the development of soccer must be continued.

Meanwhile the Federation's debts of more than half a million US dollars are now set to be fully paid by FIFA, through the OFC, in February next year.