Chung Replaces Banned Temarii as Oceania Chief, Supports Blatter's Re-election

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Chung is now a FIFA vice president (OFC)
(WFI) David Chung promises to promote "unity, solidarity and transparency" after being elected to succeed disgraced Reynald Temarii as head of the Oceania Football Confederation. He says the OFC is right behind Sepp Blatter's campaign to be re-elected FIFA president.

The 48-year-old from Papua New Guinea was elected unopposed as OFC boss for a four-year term at the OFC's congress in Pago Pago, American Samoa. New Zealanders Frank van Hattum and Fred de Jong had earlier withdrawn their nominations for the post.

Chung, who takes over Temarii's seat as a FIFA vice president, will be officially presented to the FIFA Congress on June 1.

Malaysia-born Chung, who joined the OFC Executive in 2004, was elected in the presence of Blatter and FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke. The OFC Executive was also elected with representatives from Cook Islands, Fiji, New Zealand, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu all gaining places on the committee.

In his acceptance speech, the 48-year-old thanked the 11 member associations and FIFA.

"I am truly humbled. You can be rest assured that I will do everything possible to promote unity, solidarity and transparency," he told delegates.

"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 percent."

Chung also paid tribute to former OFC president Reynald Temarii of Tahitia, who was caught by undercover Sunday Times reporters demanding around $2.4 million to pay for an academy in Auckland in exchange for his World Cup vote. Also embroiled in the World Cup bribery scandal was Nigerian Amos Adamu, who was given a three-year ban.

Chung, who was first elected president of the Papua New Guinea Football Association (PNGFA) in August 2004, added: "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."

Earlier at the congress, Blatter announced that extra profits from the 2010 World Cup would be distributed across the Oceania region for development purposes.

"I can confirm a special bonus of $2.5 million to add to the $5 million that the confederation was projected to receive from FIFA during 2011. This is on top of a bonus given to each member association of $300,000," Blatter said.

Meanwhile, three new members were elected on to the OFC Executive Committee: Dr Sahu Khan (Fiji Football Association); Toetu Petana (Football Federation Samoa); and Honourable Ve'ehala (Tonga Football Associations). They replace the outgoing Claude Fournier (New Caledonia) as well as former members Temarii and Fusimalohi.

The OFC Executive Committee includes the following members:

Martin Alufurai (Solomon Islands Football Federation)
Fred de Jong (New Zealand Football)
Lee Harmon (Cook Islands Football Association)
Dr Sahu Khan (Fiji Football Association)
Lambert Maltock (Vanuatu Football Federation)
Toetu Petana (Football Federation Samoa)
Honourable Ve'ehala (Tonga Football Association)


By INSIDER editor Mark Bisson

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