17 Jan 2011

Chung elected new OFC President

12:21 pm on 17 January 2011

Acting president David Chung has been elected to succeed the banned Reynald Temarii as head of the Oceania Football Confederation.

Papua New Guinea's Chung was elected unopposed to the position at the OFC's congress in Pago Pago yesterday after New Zealanders Frank van Hattum and Fred de Jong withdrew their candidacies before the vote.

Upon his election, the Malaysian-born Chung said he intends to ensure the region remains independent and is not swallowed up by the larger Asian confederation.

The 48 ear old also pledged Oceania's support for the re-election of FIFA President Sepp Blatter when he bids for his fourth term in charge later this year.

Blatter, who was present at the meeting, also offered his congratulations to Chung.

"He's one of seven Vice-Presidents of FIFA, the representative of Oceania in the FIFA Executive Committees, one of the Vice-Presidents...so I really congratulate you."

Meanwhile the OFC executive committee sees three new members in Fiji Football President, Dr Sahu Khan, Toetu Petana from Football Federation Samoa and Tongan Football President, Honourable Ve'ehala.

They replace the outgoing Claude Fournier of New Caledonia as well as former members Temarii and Ahongalu Fusimalohi, who are suspended by FIFA.

Chung had assumed the presidency in an acting capacity after Temarii was implicated in a votes-for-cash scandal ahead of the decision for hosting rights of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups and suspended by FIFA for 12 months.

He has appealed the decision.